Arsenal have enjoyed a stunning start to their season as the Gunners sit at the top of the Premier League table despite a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday, with Mikel Arteta’s side are also top of their Europa League group. Their lead over Manchester City was cut to two points as Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Brighton 3-1 on Saturday, but if Arsenal can win their final three league games before the World Cup against Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Wolves they will have put themselves in a strong position when the division resumes just after Christmas.

Arsenal’s front three in particular of Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka have been in electric form together and they have spearheaded the team. They have been ever-presents for Arteta in the league along with six other players in Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel, Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard.


The lack of changes has allowed the side to retain a level of consistency, though it could represent a problem later in the season if Arsenal suffer from burnout in a busy schedule, which also includes a World Cup in the middle of the campaign. Arteta has already addressed fears that his side may struggle later in the season, suggesting that he may not look to rotate too much this season.

Arsenal have more depth in defence and midfield than up front, where Arteta is likely to have to rely on his three starters for the majority of the season. Eddie Nketiah has come in on occasion, as has Marquinhos and Reece Nelson, while Emile Smith Rowe has been out injured but can make an impact on the left of the front three.

Arteta could address his depth issue in January, and was previously linked with wingers in the summer as Raphinha, Cody Gakpo and Mykhaylo Mudryk were all mentioned with potential moves to the Emirates but none of them made the move to north London. Their former player Emmanuel Adebayor has urged them to solve their dilemma in January.



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