Arsenal notched up their first Premier League victory in the Unai Emery era with a 3-1 win over West Ham. However, despite the comfortable scoreline, the Gunners could have easily walked away from this game with a defeat.
West Ham cut the Gunners open on several occasions, missing numerous clear-cut chances. It may be three points, but this game raised a number of concerns for the new boss, concerns that if not addressed will keep Arsenal out of the top four.
Here are three reasons why Arsenal won’t make the top four this season.
3Same old defensive problems
New manager, same problems. The entire reason Unai Emery was billed as a catalyst for change was because of his apparent modernised approach to the game in comparison to Arsène Wenger. Unfortunately, his first three games in the Premier League have suggested nothing of the sort.
In their opening three games, the Gunners have already conceded six goals. Of course, the first two games were against Manchester City and Chelsea, but the third game offered the same worries against lesser opposition. The Hammers were afforded the opportunity to attempt 13 shots on Arsenal’s goal, creating 11 goalscoring opportunities in the game.
When counter-attacked, West Ham found acres of space down the flanks. Arsenal’s full-backs constantly stationed themselves high up the pitch and when a turnover in possession occurred, they were nowhere to be seen. West Ham simply pressed Arsenal in the middle third and overloaded the final third. The centre-back duo of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis also seemed to constantly be on different pages, severally failing to communicate with each other.