The beginning of a new season is always an interesting time. New players are still adjusting to the league and teams are still learning to gel with a new manager or players. But with that said it is still odd to see North London rivals and usual top six suspects Tottenham and Arsenal in the bottom half of the ladder. Albeit we’re only three rounds in but let’s take a look at the beginning of their campaigns.
Arsenal and Tottenham have both had similar starts to the season. Both recorded opening round victories but are winless in their past two, and their stats have been close as well.
They have both scored four goals, Tottenham have had the most shots this season with 64, Arsenal are in fourth with 53. Spurs have created 46 chances to Arsenal’s 44. They’re the second and third for most passes (Arsenal 1932, Tottenham 1880). Arsenal have had six more take-ons then Tottenham, but have won 12 fewer fouls.
Arsenal’s defence has been their Achilles heel conceding eight goals in their first three matches which is the most they have conceded since 2011-12 when they conceded 10 including eight against Manchester United. While Tottenham’s problem seems to be converting their chances into goals having just four in 2017-18.
Crisis time for Arsenal? pic.twitter.com/XeVrx5XYC3
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 27, 2017
Sure Maurico Pochettino’s men have had more shots and dominated in other facets than Manchester United, they have scored 10 and are yet to concede. Liverpool have eight goals to three conceded. Chelsea have already found the back of the net six times.
Only 20th place West Ham (10) have conceded more than goals than Arsenal. Leicester (who the Gunners put four past) and Crystal Palace are just behind them in that regard.
Sure the sun is only rising on the 2017-18 season and there are many more miles before sunset, however the last thing you want to be doing is playing catch up in the early stages especially in such a competitive league.
After the international break Arsenal welcome the lowly Bournemouth to the Emirates in a match they should win while Spurs face a tougher trip, when they travel to Goodison Park to battle with Everton.
🗣️ Mauricio: "We are very disappointed to concede after all the effort. When you don't kill the game you always give hope to the opposition" pic.twitter.com/lviWzcqsvC
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 27, 2017