The first few results of the season for Arsenal were disappointing, there’s no doubt about that. Performances were poor and the overall quality was nowhere near enough to cause any threat for the opposition.
However, one of my biggest frustrations has been certain individuals underperforming when we all know they have the potential to be so much better.
I suppose this is relevant to the majority of players within the squad, but certainly for the attackers in particular.
Bukayo Saka is seen as one of the most talented youngsters in the game and has been instrumental for Arsenal over recent seasons. After a summer filled with a mixture of emotions for the youngster, Saka has had a slow start to the new Premier League campaign and has failed to reach the heights that we would usually associate with him.
Well, that was until yesterday at least! Every time the England international had the ball, he was confident, direct, and hungry. Scoring once and providing an assist, the supporters finally got to see the player that made him a real fan favourite.
Exactly the same can be said for Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard. Despite them both being two of only a few bright sparks early on in the season, they hadn’t quite been reaching their full potential until exploding into life against Tottenham.
Composed on the ball, forward-thinking and dangerous on the attack, the duo looked razor-sharp every time they approached the Spurs backline. Just like Saka, Smith Rowe went on to score one goal whilst also providing an assist, and put in a really mature performance.
Becoming Arsenal’s number 10 and following in the footsteps of some of the club’s most iconic names must come with a lot of pressure, but I didn’t see any of that from Smith Rowe yesterday. He was calm, intelligent and a real joy to watch.
All three players were immense yesterday, and it was also their ability to get Aubameyang involved which really stood out to me. They played a pivotal role in getting the best out of him, whether it was making runs that opened up space or executing an excellent pass to his feet.
The striker has experienced an inconsistent time of late, not scoring enough goals and looking a little off the pace, but he was a completely different player on Sunday. Making dangerous runs, working hard, and getting on the scoresheet, Aubameyang reminded everyone what he is capable of and hopefully, it’s something that he can really build momentum from moving forward.
One of the moments that highlighted the link-up play perfectly was the second goal of the afternoon. Aubameyang laying off a pass for Smith Rowe who picked it up and carried on into the 18-yard box before pulling it back for the Arsenal captain to hammer home.
If Saka, Odegaard, and Smith Rowe can find consistencies in their game and play as they did in the North London derby, I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Aubameyang will be the club’s top goalscorer this season.
He has all of the ingredients, now it’s about creating the final product.
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