Mikel Arteta will repeat Sean Dyche’s Burnley outcome unless Arsenal act in January – Tom Canton

Arsenal are currently five games unbeaten but sit 12th in the table. Goals have been a massive problem for Mikel Arteta and with just 7 so far, it represents one of the lowest tallies the Gunners have amassed after 8 games.

This is a concern for the long-term prospects of a side that have hopes of reaching European qualification next campaign. Going on the current rate of goals, Arsenal wouldn’t even be close to reaching their targets.

From looking at previous seasons, teams tend to accrue a similar number of points to the goals scored throughout the season. It was evident at both ends of the table in the 2020/21 campaign.

Manchester City who won the title with 83 goals earned 86 points. Manchester United’s 2nd place finish on 74 points saw them score 73 goals.

At the bottom end of the table. Sheffield United scored just 20 goals and finished on 23 points and they were relegated. Following them to the Championship was Fulham who scored 27 goals and finished on 28 points.

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Currently, were Arsenal to continue scoring at the rate of seven goals in eight games, it would see them finish the season with just over 33 goals in 38 matches. For perspective, Arsenal scored 55 goals last season to finish 8th on 61 points.

Burnley scored 33 goals last season and finished 17th, one place above the relegation zone on 39 points. They overachieved their goal tally and Arsenal will need to hope to do the same significantly if this is not addressed.

For context, 8 games are not enough of a sample size at this stage to make a definitive conclusion and this is only a loose theory in practice.

However, what cannot be debated is that goals are needed to earn more points and if Mikel Arteta does not act to tackle the problem, he faces a similar mediocre campaign yet again.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been Arsenal main goal threat this season and there is a lack of output from all other areas.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been Arsenal main goal threat this season and there is a lack of output from all other areas.

What is worse, the Gunners will lose both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, two of their highest scorers, for up to 8 games in the winter period due to the African Cup of Nations.

Arsenal will then be reliant upon Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun as their only striker options. Goals from the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Martin Odegaard have been few and far between.

The January window could spark the club into life to sign reinforcements, but with many games between now and then, Arteta needs a short-term solution quickly.

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