Arsenal football club started the season on a bad note as the team lost its first three Premier league games in a row. First, it was Premier league's debutant, Brentford. Next was Chelsea at Emirates stadium, and finally to Premier league's defending champions, Manchester City.
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But, from the fourth week, things began to change for the better for Arsenal. It began with a victory over Norwich City at Emirates stadium. Against Burnley at Burnley stadium, Turf Moor,. Arsenal continued its gradual upward climb as it went away victorious.
Next was Tottenham Hotspur that ironically won its first three games when the new season started. Three quick goals in the first half from Smith Rowe, Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka were enough to earn Arsenal the maximum three points thus making it three consecutive Premier league wins and four in all competitions if the victory over AFC Wimbledon in the EFL cup is considered.
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From the bottom of the Premier league's table (19th position) in the 3rd week, and now in the middle of the table (10th position) in the 6th week, Arsenal is making a gradual climb to the zenith of Premier league's football.
So, what could be the reasons for Arsenal's newly found winning formula?
Unknown to many, Arsenal led other Premier league clubs in summer transfer spending during the last summer transfer window. The club spent €156.8 million and was closely followed by Manchester United (€133.7 million), Manchester city (€100 million), Chelsea (€97.5 million), Aston Villa (€93m), West Ham (€63.3m), Tottenham (€57.1m) according to Skysports.
So, we may be compelled to ask, "Where did the spending go ?".
Ben White(£50m), Raphael Varane (£41m), Buendia (£38m), Ibrahim Konate(£36m), Martin Odegaard (£34m), Aaron Ramsdale (£30m), Takehiro Tomiyasu (£19.5m), Albert Lokonga (£15m) and Nuno Tavares (£8m).
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It may interest us to note that investment takes time before yielding the desired returns. This, we have seen in the case of Arsenal. All the new arrivals at Emirates stadium needs time to blend with the old war horses in order to form a coherent bond and achieve desired results.
Against Tottenham Hotspur, we saw a tactically disciplined Arsenal side brushed aside a team that was atop the Premier league table as at the end of the third week. The 3rd goal by Saka brought Arsenal's legend, Thierry Henry to his feet with a resounding clap at the stand of the Emirates stadium. The goal was a beauty to behold.
We saw a complete overhaul of the defence in the match against Tottenham as Bernd Leno who was in goal for Arsenal in first three matches, got replaced with new signing, Aaron Ramsdale. To his credit, since displacing Leno from the fourth week, he has kept an almost perfect clean sheet except for the consolatory goal scored by Son of Tottenham in their last game.
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In Aaron Ramsdale, we have seen a goalkeeper that is very alert, quick and accurate in his passes, and with good leadership skills. Ben White is beginning to exert himself in the team with his calmness, focused and accurate pass of the ball. Tierney and Tomiyasu have proved to be formidable and rugged full backs that will go places with Arsenal this season.
With Aaron Ramsdale between the sticks and Ben White, Gabriel Dos Santos , Tierney and Tomiyasu in the heart of Arsenal's defence line; with Partey, Martin Odegaard, Xhaka, Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Aubameyang spearheading the midfield and the attacks, the Gunners now have players that are ready to return Arsenal back to the top of the Premier league's table.
With 9 points from 6 matches, Arsenal's investment is gradually maturing.
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