Premier League successes and failures: Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal takes shape in 100 games, West Ham back in the top four? | Football news


In 100 games, Arsenal de Arteta is taking shape

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FREE TO SEE: Highlights from Arsenal’s win against Watford

This week, Arsenal manager Josh Kroenke told Sky Sports that he has a multi-year plan to return the club to the top of English football. It will be a huge and challenging task, given the resources of their rivals and how far Arsenal have fallen, but once again there were encouraging signs that Mikel Arteta’s young group is on the right track.

The 1-0 scoreline did not reflect his dominance and he would have looked more handsome had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only not controlled poorly when Bukayo Saka scored from an offside position, converted a penalty or chose not to attempt to score the goal from Martin Odegaard. forced shot. There were also several good Ben Foster stops to watch out for.

Arsenal, even without the injured Thomas Partey in midfield, again attracted attention with their front foot, as there was a clean sheet for what has become poor defense.

They have been undefeated up to 10 matches in all competitions and were in the top five of the Premier League, where they don’t seem out of place.

He is probably still a bit far from making the final leap to compete with the absolute elite in the division, but, after 100 games with Arteta, there is optimism again at Arsenal.
Peter smith

This was West Ham to perfection

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David Moyes clinched his 50th win as West Ham manager with his 3-2 win against Liverpool on Super Sunday and described it as a ‘brilliant victory’

David Moyes’s West Ham has studied the textbook from cover to cover. This is how you get the most out of a soccer team.

If there was 90 minutes to sum up West Ham’s strength, this was it. Sometimes he was overly cautious, but often devastating and always physical.

The goalkeeper, defense and midfield who played for most of this excellent victory over Liverpool cost just £ 60 million, a drop in the bucket for a team that truly challenges the top four.

In the first half, rarely has a team seen so much ball without creating clear chances; Liverpool’s goal came from their only shot on goal, a magnificent free-kick.

In the second, West Ham did their thing and it all made sense. They’re very tough on set pieces, have scored from five more than any other side since Moyes joined, but they’re more than a dead ball side.

In Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice they have the two most fit central midfielders in the Premier League. When they win the ball, the mood changes; it is a total attack but with a supreme ability to return to the type if it breaks.

Despite the European distraction, five of these players started on Thursday at Genk and Liverpool had an additional 24 hours to prepare, arguably a better team than last season. In this view, West Ham will be close again.
Brand Gerard

Alisson has a match to forget for Liverpool

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FREE TO SEE: Highlights of West Ham’s win over Liverpool

West Ham are a good team, so it’s not a disgrace to be outmatched in a five-goal thriller in front of 60,000 fans at London Stadium. There will also be frustration for Liverpool supporters as Aaron Cresswell was allowed to stay on the field after a strong challenge on Jordan Henderson.

But this was a match they would not have lost had it not been for Alisson enduring one of his worst afternoons in a Liverpool jersey. Like Jamie Carragher said Sky sports afterward, the Brazilian goalkeeper should have done better on West Ham’s three goals in this 3-2 loss.

Jurgen Klopp believes that the first goal should have been disallowed for a foul on Alisson. That would have been an exaggeration. Angelo Ogbonna made no move toward the goalkeeper. Alisson was the one trying to find a way to the ball. It was a delicate situation but it was a mistake.

The second goal was a one-on-one opportunity for Pablo Fornals, so it could hardly be called a mistake. And yet Alisson is usually excellent in those situations. Here, the decision to step out of line didn’t allow him to get close enough to the shooter, it only shortened his own reaction time.

When Kurt Zouma’s third goal pierced his claws at the far post, the match ended. There were other problems with Liverpool’s performance, of course. But if their goalkeeper was in tip-top shape, then he might have been able to help them navigate successfully. Not this time.

In what seems likely to be a close title race, it may prove costly. Chelsea’s slippage presented an opportunity to close the gap. Instead, it has expanded and Liverpool have slipped to fourth place. The only consolation for Alisson is that his rivals have yet to go to London Stadium. Your ordeal is over.
Adam Bate

Different coaches but same problems for Tottenham

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FREE TO SEE: Highlights from the goalless draw between Everton and Tottenham

Those hoping for Antonio Conte to wave a magic wand and instantly turn Tottenham into a defiant beast in the top four were in for a little surprise at Everton. For much of the tedious stalemate, it looked like a Nuno Espirito Santo team playing in a 3-4-3 formation. Tottenham have no longer been able to score in their last three Premier League games, a 347-minute scoreless streak, and haven’t had a shot on goal in their last 225 minutes of league football, although Giovani Lo Celso did hit in a post. late with a good bang.

The tactic was to try and move fast through the transition through more central Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son feeding off Harry Kane, but a combination of slow passing and some stubborn midfield play from Allan and Fabian Delph did. make it a fight for the Spurs. There was joy on the channels for the Spurs, especially in the first 45 minutes, but Emerson Royal and Sergio Reguilon have not obtained the clinical advantage in front of the goal that Conte often demands from his full-backs.

Conte’s arm movement on the touchline in the second half was a key indicator that his message to his Tottenham players will take time, or perhaps a transfer window or two, to convey.
Lewis jones

That’s more like it from Leeds …

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FREE TO SEE: Highlights of the 1-1 draw between Leeds and Leicester in the Premier League.

We have only been 11 games into the season, but after a difficult debut, the accusations of ‘Bielsa burnout’ were already thrown at Leeds.

However, the performance of Marcelo Bielsa’s team against Leicester on Saturday should be enough to dispel those doubts.

Despite being tied 1-1 at Elland Road, Leeds put on a spirited display in a reminder of the team that everyone enjoyed watching last season.

When asked if Leeds had returned to anything close to their best, Bielsa said: “It was exactly the same comment I gave the players after the game.

“That they were much more like a team capable of building, good ball recovery, possession, creating danger, a high percentage of dominance of the game and doubling the rival at times. All these are aspects to value and apart from that,” a game very nice to see. “

Raphinha, who is in excellent shape, continued her scoring feats, giving the hosts the lead midway through the first half, but it was an advantage they were unable to maintain as Leicester responded just 73 seconds later.

Another day, Harvey Barnes’ strike would not have been enough to stop Leeds, which was a waste of goal.

They should have taken the lead again when Jack Harrison sent the ball high over the crossbar from close range and with plenty of goal to aim for after Kalvin Phillips knocked the ball off him at the near post.

It wasn’t going to be for Leeds, but the fans, and Bielsa, will be delighted to see signs of the return of the Leeds they know and love.
Oliver Yew


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