Thomas Frank praises Arsenal
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
Arsenal have enjoyed a hugely successful start to the Premier League season, winning six of their first seven games and topping the table going into the international break. The impressive form has raised hopes that Mikel Arteta could oversee at title charge at the Emirates as the club chase its first title since 2004 when Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles swept away all that came before them.
However, the Gunners will face tough competition for the trophy from other sides in the division, particularly Manchester City, with the Sky Blues inspired by new striker Erling Haaland. Fierce north London rivals Tottenham are also in with a shout with the trio holding the top three spots in the division at this early stage.
Arteta has been helped by stand-out performances from Gabriel Jesus, William Saliba and Martin Odegaard as he has overseen a complete transformation from their underwhelming end to the 2021/22 season, which saw them drop out of the Champions League spots in the final few weeks. The club have now not competed in Europe’s top competition since 2017 but the Gunners’ now look on track to change that record.
Here Express Sport rates every player’s performance so far this season as we assess how they have contributed to their club’s impressive form.
Aaron Ramsdale 7
An ever-reliable presence between the sticks, the 24-year-old rarely lets his side down. Will join up with the England team expecting game time given the injury to Jordan Pickford.
Ben White 7
Lost his place at centre-back to the inform Saliba but has performed well at his new position of right-back. Capable of moving slightly inside helping the team keep the ball in midfield.
William Saliba 9
One of the players of the season. He has been sensational since his return from Marseille in the summer, forming a formidable partnership with Gabriel and chipping in with two goals.
The side’s defensive leader, the Brazilian has continued his good form from last year into this season. Gets on well with Saliba off the pitch and that relationship has translated into his performances alongside the France international.
Oleksandr Zinchenko 7
Enjoyed an excellent start to his spell in north London but has been hampered with injuries in recent weeks. Offers fantastic ball progression from left-back.
Granit Xhaka 8
A much-maligned figure until this season, Xhaka has been the club star man in midfield. Controls so much of the Gunners’ play and his once again one of the team’s key leaders.
Thomas Partey 6
A solid enough player in the centre of the park, the Ghana captain offers Arsenal additional defensive solidity. However, he has not hit the heights of his midfield partner Xhaka and suffered from injuries contributing to his lower rating.
Buyako Saka 7
While he has not hit the heights of his other attacking teammates, Saka has still been a consistently good performer. He has had five goal involvements so far this season helping the Gunners surge up the table.
Martin Odegaard 8
Odegaard has relished his new responsiblity as club captain and been the team’s driving force in the No 10 position. Linked up well with new signing Jesus to make the Gunners’ a more potent attacking force.
Gabriel Martinelli 8
The Brazilian winger has brought much-needed pace to the side, using his qualities to score and create from the left flank. He has found the net three times so far this season – an impressive return.
Thomas Frank doubles down on ‘Prem title contenders’ Arsenal tag
Xhaka sends personal message to Arsenal fans after hearing chant
Arteta’s message to Arsenal 15-year-old Nwaneri before substitution
Gabriel Jesus 9
Player of the season so far. At the heart of everything good the team does going forward and matches it with a sensational workrate. Already scored four times and claimed three assists, almost single-handedly transforming Arsenal’s attacking fortunes since his summer arrival.
Kieran Tierney 6
On his day the Scotsman is one of the best left-backs in the world however he has somewhat struggled to hit these heights since his return from a long-term knee injury. He has often been left on the bench in favour of Zinchenko.
Albert Sambi Lokanga 5
The Belgian has had few first-team opportunities given the depth of options in the centre of the park but has rarely let the team down when called upon.
Mohamed Elneny 5
You could almost copy and paste the assessment for Lokanga in for Elneny however the Eygptian has also suffered some bad luck in comparison to his midfield colleague after he was ruled out for an unspecified amount of time after he suffered a ‘significant injury’.
Fabio Vieira 6
The Portugal midfielder missed much of the start of the season with a foot fracture but impressed on his first start against Brentford, finding the net with a stunning curling strike.
Eddie Nketiah 5
The striker finished last season on top form however has found his opportunities limited this year, such has been the form of Jesus.
Takehiro Tomiyasu 5
The biggest loser from Saliba’s form, the Japanese defender has found himself largely warming the bench as the repositioned White makes the right-back slot his own.
Emilie Smith Rowe 5
The young Englishman has suffered badly with injuries so far this season restricting him to just 36 minutes of game time. Faces a battle to return to the lineup given the form of the club’s attacking players.
Rob Holding 5
Has made just two Premier League appearances all season, coming on as a late sub to help the team see out tight victories over Aston Villa and Fulham.
Has seen just one minute of league action but found the net in Zurich for the Gunners’ opening match in the Europa League.
Ethan Nwaneri 7
Has had just one minute of action all year, coming on as a late sub in the 3-0 win over Brentford. However, he is just 15 years old and is well ahead of where even he would have expected to be in his career at this point.
Want the latest Premier League news as we publish it on Express Sport? Join our brand new Facebook group by clicking here
Source: Read Full Article