Nicolas Pepe helps break new Arsenal record as Arteta is finally given solutions to key problem
Arsenal went into the October international break in fine form having gone unbeaten in the last four games and winning three which included a win in the North London Derby against Spurs.
In this fine run of form the Gunners also managed to maintain three clean sheets which was a huge improvement on the nine goals conceded in three games before the September international break.
However whilst the defence has seen an improvement, Arsenal have still been lacking the fluidity in front of goal.
But a new reported record which has seen eight Arsenal players score during a single international break period suggests the fortunes may change for the Gunners when it comes to scoring goals.
Despite the impressive unbeaten form, the North London club had only scored more than one goal in a match just once which happened in the 3-1 victory over Spurs.
The only goal from open play featured against Norwich after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tapped the ball into the net after a defensive breakdown from the opposition.
The 1-0 victory over Burnley was settled by a magnificent free-kick by summer signing, Martin Odegaard.
Except for the goal, the Gunners hardly threatened the Burnley goal in that match but the attack was saved by a wonderful clinic put on show by the defence.
In the last game before the international break against Brighton, Mikel Arteta’s men looked toothless throughout with a clear goal-scoring opportunity not being created.
And this has been a regular theme throughout the season for the attack in their pursuit of scoring goals but the international break could have just given certain forwards the confidence they need.
Aubameyang who Arsenal rely on so heavily for the goal contributions has been a shadow of his usual self so far this season despite scoring two goals in the Premier League.
He hasn’t been involved with the build-up play to create attacks for the team but more worryingly he hasn’t been the dominant threat that we have previously seen of him in an Arsenal shirt.
But he has managed to get himself on the scoresheet and provide assists alongside this during the international break and this could put him in good stead when returning to North London.
This also goes for Nicolas Pepe who has lost his place in Arteta’s starting line-up due to how ineffectual he has been In the opening weeks of the season.
He is yet to score in the Premier League this campaign, and with the ever-daunting price tag on his back he needs to do more in contribute towards the goals.
He scored for Ivory Coast during the international break which can also get him firing in the Premier League again.
Scoring has been an issue for Arteta after the Gunners failed to score in the opening three league games but after a successful international break for the players contracted under Arsenal, the Gunners may just be back firing again.
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