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EPL: 3 Reasons Why Arsenal Have Struggled This Season

Amuda Segun

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Arsenal have had a forgettable season till date in the English Premier League and that’s down to a number of reasons to be discussed much later.

Gunners faithfuls were optimistic for this season as at last summer especially after some exciting signings but the optimism barely lasted for two months as they had to endure boring football under Unai Emery.

The type of football under Unai Emery was not helped by several poor results and that ultimately led to the dismissal of the Gunners boss in November 2019.

Arsenal fans had been excited with the signings of young French centre back William Saliba and Nicholas Pepe who was one of the top two players in the French Ligue 1 last season.

William Saliba was signed from Saint Etienne in a £27m deal and was immediately sent back on loan for the whole of this season, while club-record signing Pepe was a £72m acquisition from Lille, another French top flight side.

Pepe has not lived up to the reputation he built in French football in his first season at Arsenal but fans are still hopeful that the Ivorian international would still be a hit in North London.

Here are three reasons why the Gunners have struggled this season.

1. Defensive Errors

Arsenal have a lot of error-prone defenders from Shkrodan Mustafi to Sokratis Papasthathopoulos to last summer’s signing David Luiz who has conceded the most penalties (3) in the Premier League this season.

The Arsenal defenders have improved since Mikel Arteta became the new manager in December 2019.

2. Lack Of Consistent Goalscorers

The Gunners have lacked players who score goals consistently in the Premier League this season.

Club skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the only regular source of goals for Arsenal this season and that has affected results.

3. Poor Administrative Decisions

Several Arsenal fans have pointed accusing fingers at the Arsenal directors especially Raul Sanllehi for failing to end the Unai Emery era on time.

The appointment of Mikel Arteta earlier than the December 2019 date could have saved Arsenal’s season. Arsenal didn’t sack Unai Emery until November 2019.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.