With high expectations going into the 2023–24 season, Arsenal has largely lived up to them; currently, they are one point behind leaders Manchester City and sit third in the Premier League standings. But in contrast to last season, the Gunners are consistently failing to blast teams away and look significantly more disorganized in offensive situations—a surprising development that has lowered fan expectations. This low level of performance on the pitch hides their lofty position.
1. They have a great defensive record
Despite allowing 43 goals and suffering backline injuries, Arsenal’s 2022/23 team, led by Mikel Arteta, has shown promise in defence. They have only allowed ten goals this season and are top in predicted goals against. The team’s outstanding performances, led by William Saliba, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Declan Rice, have moved them to third position and given them hope of a title challenge.
2. Better equipped to handle domestic marathon
Despite cautious opponents, world-class frontlines, red cards, and injury issues, Arsenal have managed to adapt to shifting domestic conditions. This continual change has resulted in turgid situations and heightened fan anger, but it also makes forecasts difficult and all game states better prepared. The Gunners are well-resourced and ready for any opponent, which was clear following last season’s disaster.
3. That extra 1% in every department
Mikel Arteta has repeatedly pushed Arsenal to the limit, and his recent key acquisition could increase team morale and improve squad participation. Arteta’s influence can be seen in every set piece, with Nicolas Jover playing an important role. David Raya was loaned out for development, while Ben White was converted into a right-back. Declan Rice was brought in to provide leadership and guidance. Arteta’s emphasis on tiny margins has produced a team that possesses flair, dedication, physicality, depth, and technical expertise.