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Stat shows why Arsenal are struggling in Premier League title race this season

Worrying stats have shown why Arsenal are struggling in the Premier League this season compared to their rivals.

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Arsenal have faced challenges in the Premier League title race this season with their front three struggling to convert opportunities and lagging behind rivals due to a lack of cutting edge in front of goal.

Currently occupying the fourth spot in the standings, Mikel Arteta’s side sits five points adrift of table-toppers Liverpool. Their recent setbacks against Fulham and West Ham have highlighted weaknesses on both ends of the pitch, with defensive injuries exacerbating their plight while the attack fails to capitalise on chances.

The most glaring concern lies in Arsenal’s frontline: the trio of Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli have collectively mustered a mere 11 goals in the Premier League this season. This tally pales in comparison to their competitors in the league.

Saka and Martinelli

The statistics tell a telling tale – Arsenal’s 37 total goals fall notably short of Liverpool’s 43, where key contributors like Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, and Diogo Jota have doubled Arsenal’s frontline output. Aston Villa mirrors Liverpool’s tally, with Ollie Watkins, Moussa Diaby, and Leon Bailey accounting for a significant share of their goals.

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At the top of the charts, Manchester City leads the scoring with 45 goals, featuring prolific contributions from Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, and Phil Foden. Tottenham follows closely with 42 goals, largely boosted by the combined efforts of Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevski, and Richarlison.

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, have expressed concerns over Arsenal’s front three’s inability to deliver. Carragher pointed out the need for increased open-play goal-scoring from the trio. 

“They need to be scoring more from open play,” Carragher said. 

Neville emphasised the lack of cohesive play among Arsenal’s forwards, underscoring the importance of link-up play that has been absent among Martinelli, Jesus, and Saka.

“They don’t combine a lot together. That’s a real problem, the best front threes involve their centre-forwards and the wide players, they play and bounce it off them.”

While Arsenal exhibits a different style this season – characterised by better control and less transition, akin to Manchester City – the struggle to convert chances into goals remains a pressing issue.

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