We (Arsenal) are number 2 on the table….momentarily.
We have won our first two matches of the season, against Newcastle, and most recently, against Burnley.
This is a mighty feat for us Gunners, as we previously had not managed to win our first two games of the season since 2009/2010.
So, what have we learned about our team from two matches in?
- Dani Ceballos is a MIGHTY FINE midfielder
He can play as a number 8 and as a 10 interchangeably. That is beyond impressive. He provided us with two assists in his debut, which is all the contribution Mesut Ozil made in the entirety of the 2018/2019 season. It pains to write that last part considering how much money we had to pay for Ozil.
Ceballos’ full Arsenal debut against Burnley has completely blown my mind. Setting up both our goals against Burnley is no mean feat, and he is definitely a man we should watch this season.
Nearly everyone is convinced that he’s a younger Cazorla, undoubtedly, a player we all love and miss dearly. Cazorla-like qualities are what we need right now in order to stand a chance at any title this season.
Ceballos has a never-say-die attitude, something we are going to need when we are playing against…well, everyone!
His work rate was the best in that match, covering more ground than any other Arsenal player on the pitch. (You hear that Ozil, it’s called having a great work ethic, you schmuck!)
He is only here on loan, which might mean he has something to prove to both us (his potential future team), and his home team, Real Madrid. He has something to work for, and hopefully, this translates to more games won and goals for Arsenal.
Qualities I admire most: His ability to gain, retain, and regain possession on both halves (box-to-box midfielder), and his knack for finding the right man to score.
Let’s just hope he keeps this up.
2. We absolutely need David Luiz
Watching his debut for us, I realized how essential it was to have Luiz on our side. He is not the best defender in the world, but he has the experience, the tenacity, and the leadership skills that our backline is sorely lacking.
It came as a shock that he wanted to move to Arsenal, and I wasn’t particularly stoked about the transfer. His performance at Chelsea had been slowly dwindling, and I did not want more problems for our already struggling defense.
But seeing how he performed this Saturday has led to a change of heart.
I hope he and Sokratis can strike a marvelous, effective partnership at the back, and that his presence there can not only plug the hole that Koscielny left when he made a SHOCKING and DISAPPOINTING move to Bordeaux but also keeps the likes of Shkodran Mustafi from making monumental defensive mistakes at every turn.
Honestly, what will it take to have the likes of Mustafi shipped off to another team where he can cause misery and disgruntlement for other fans? We as Arsenal fans have suffered enough. It’s someone else’s turn now!
I hope David Luiz keeps getting better, and here’s to a stronger Arsenal defense.
On to point 3.
3. Aubamayeng is on fire, let’s not ruin it!
I’m hoping that he can continue scoring goals every game and beat his record last season of 22 goals. But, for this to happen, everyone needs to play better together.
The likes of Ceballos need to be aware of his every move so that they can feed him the ball correctly. They also need to be tougher on possession especially around the opponent’s box.
4. We don’t miss Iwobi
When Iwobi left on deadline day, I was jumping up and down for joy.
I am glad (literally breathing a sigh of relief) that his departure has had little to no negative effect on our current squad.
He moved to Everton to ‘prove that he was not still a fledgling talent’, but in my eyes, that’s what he was at Arsenal.
I can NEVER forgive him for all of the misplaced dribbling and loss of possession at critical points in nearly every game. Watching this young man lose the ball because he was taking too long to dribble instead of passing the ball along to the forewards almost made my eyes bleed.
Good luck to Everton with that one!