Arsenal faced Norwich during the recent game week and the game ended with Arsenal winning. The game ended with Arsenal winning 1-0 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the only goal. This win for Arsenal marks their first win in the league.
Arsenal during the match fielded a more structured lineup as most of their first-team players from last season were fit to play. The likes of Ben White and Gabriel returned to the starting line-up. During the match, it would be noticed that the team attempted to press higher. While at the same time making sure to have the most of the possession. Though the team as a whole completed a total of 437 passes during the game. Arsenal also made a total of 635 touches on the balls while at the same time most of them being in the attacking half. It must be noted that Aaron Ramsdale started this match instead of Leno in goal. This might be a hint of Arsenal making sure that there is competition between the two Goalkeepers.
Arsenal against Norwich also fielded one of the youngest starting 11’s during the game whose average age was 24.1 years old. After noticing the trend made by Arsenal during their Transfer window this season. It must be stated that this age profile could have been expected. Arsenal had fielded 5 of the new players they signed this summer window during this game as well.
What Changes Did Arsenal Make For Them To Achieve Their Victory Against Norwich?
After 90 minutes of the match, Arsenal had an expected goal of 2.40. While the club had only 1 goal, this shows how Arsenal was lacking in front of the goal. It must be stated that Tim Krul made 5 saves during the match. This had helped Norwich stay in the game while only making one shot on target. During this game, Arsenal wasn’t shy to press in front of the Norwich penalty box. This lead Norwich to make multiple clearances. While Arsenal wasn’t clinical, they took a total of 7 shots on target. Most of them being from inside the penalty box. Ben White and Gabriel were given the freedom to play with the ball at their feet and push onfield with the ball as well. Aaron Ramsdale wasn’t tasked to only play the short but mixed it up with long balls in the wings.
One player to watch during the game was Pepe who was the man of the match. While there were multiple positives from his positioning to his assist for the goal. One part of his game was lacking which was his first touch of the ball. His multiple heavy touches had led to the loss of possession of the ball for Arsenal.
Takehiro Tomiyasu made quite the debut at right-back for Arsenal. Showing his talent in front of the goal while having the pace to run back. Though he was substituted earlier in the second half, it showed how adapted he can be to the pace of the Premier League.
While this is the first win for Arsenal this season, the club next faces Burnley. This could and should be the start of a good run of games for the team to find the system that suits them the most.