Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are currently at the top of the table closely marshaled by Antonio Conte’s Chelsea who made a slow start to the campaign in the 2nd place, followed by Guardiola’s Citizens, who started their campaign on fire, in the 3rd place. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are currently in the 4th place in the points table just a couple of points away from the summit and face a tough task this weekend against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Wenger will be expected to take at least a point from this game but with the recent form of both the sides, the Gunners may well walk away with all three. The quality in the squad is unquestionable and if they can find some consistency, they are not too far away from becoming one of the best teams not just in England but also in Europe.
With 24 goals from 11 games, Arsenal average more than 2 goals a game and are one of the most entertaining sides in the competition. They have the third best scoring rate in the competition and are looking a strong side this season and if the squad can keep up their form, Arsenal can easily be the most creative side in the Premier League.
Known for their smooth and swift passing even in dangerous areas, the Gunners always try to open even the best defenses up with patience and accuracy and Wenger is at the head of this system. Entering his 21st season at the club, Wenger has established a certain style of play at the club that the players have bought into and the manager seems to have found the right formula, adding the right personnel to his squads from the previous seasons.
The Gunners were always an exciting side who makes scoring goals look easy. They have scored some of the best team goals in the competition and are a team that loves to entertain. Though they take their time to lure defenses out before breaking them, their slick passing makes them a joy to watch. In 11 games this season, Arsenal have created close to 130 chances and have been one of the most productive teams in the league. As a team, they average close to 10 key passes a game which surely is on the high side and one look at the ability of the squad will give a clear reason for their success.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Giroud are all well settled into this style of play and make it look easy when on song. A recent stat published by Whoscored.com reveals that three of the Arsenal players lead the table for the most inaccurate through balls in England’s top flight since the start of the previous season. This stat – Alexis Sanchez (45), Mesut Ozil (31) and Santi Cazorla (16) – shows that they are a side who are not afraid to take on the defenders and try to find a defense splitting pass on most occasions.
Most inaccurate through balls in the PL since Aug 2015:
Alexis Sánchez (45)
Mesut Özil (31)
Santi Cazorla/ Cesc Fàbregas/ Dimitri Payet (16)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) November 14, 2016
Liverpool are genuine contenders for being the most creative side this season but the high-intensity game that they play does not involve too much of patience and relies too much on the counter attacks. Wenger, on the other hand, has his team playing the same kind of football for years now and it finally looks like he has got the right combinational to go back to the summit after more than a decade.
Do you think Arsenal are the most creative side in the Premier League?