'Arteta ball' was in full flow during Arsenal's 3-0 win over Brentford, they were cooking
'Arteta ball' was in full flow as Arsenal returned to the top of the table with a 3-0 win away at Brentford.
After suffering a first defeat in the Premier League at the hands of Manchester United on 4 September, Arsenal bounced back in style with goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira - the latter scoring his first goal for the club in style.
It was a perfect response from the Gunners, who have looked very impressive this term. The improvements made from last season, where Arsenal were soft and lost 2-0 to Thomas Frank's side, have been massive.
It was no surprise that centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes decided to call back to the tweet Ivan Toney produced after that fixture.
And in the 12pm kick off, Mikel Arteta's side played with a real swagger and produced a brand of football that was akin to the Arsene Wenger years.
For Jesus' goal in the 28th minute, they patiently played out from the back and transferred the ball through Brentford's press with absolute ease.
The ball then ended up with Granit Xhaka, who whipped in a superb cross for Jesus to head home.
This is how you progress the ball through phases of build-up, really impressive coaching. pic.twitter.com/0qUttNcudt— James. (@afcjxmes) September 18, 2022
wow man Arteta really built himself one hell of a team https://t.co/55CtL1RoIe— hendrixx (@pako_warona) September 18, 2022
20 passes after… a scorcher of a goal by Fabio Vieira on his full PL debut.— Katchie Asugha (@katchie_a) September 18, 2022
Top top football. Just because your team does this once every 10 games, don’t mean you’re elite. We do these phases of play at least 10 times a game 👍 https://t.co/z4Calx1fBb— Amar ☬ (@amarxdhaliwal08) September 18, 2022
This is just an introduction for what we are to witness this season. 👏 https://t.co/4I6E27HvRk— FJ (@jimoh_funso) September 18, 2022
There were a total of 14 passes in the build up to the Jesus goal, which put Arsenal 2-0 up just before the half hour mark.
But then the North London outfit went one better for the third and final goal scored by Vieira, who let one rip from about 25 yards out.
The goal was one of individual quality but it was very much a team move. Again the press was killed completely and Arsenal advanced up the pitch.
Bukayo Saka had the ball on the right, coming in field and popping it off to Vieira, who did the rest.
Arteta ball in full flow, a thing of beauty. pic.twitter.com/OmHNlhbHp8— James. (@afcjxmes) September 18, 2022
How are arsenal drastically different to last season https://t.co/iJjIJwHpgb— Loois (@MR10_Utd) September 18, 2022
There is a lot of intelligence from the players in this clip. On and off the ball, defensive and attacking. Tactical discipline and intent. Benjamins runs and coming infield filling gaps to defend. Saliba intelligence,all the players being on it. Good signs. https://t.co/vr7rtsI2sj— Z (@spectrumphysic) September 18, 2022
Arteta working magic at arsenal plus most of his signings have worked .— N†ze🐐 (@Ari_nze0) September 18, 2022
They'll finish in the top 4 and they won't come 4th. https://t.co/ZrOgZuROBZ
A couple of smart signings, coupled with excellent coaching, is definitely paying dividends for Arsenal. They look on a whole different level to last term and Brentford boss Frank believes their position as league leaders is not a false one.
“They are top of the table so you cannot argue with that, they have done brilliantly," he said as per The Guardian.
“Looking at the quality, they must be title contenders. From what I’ve seen in the seven games, I think they’ve been very good: they’ve won fair and square in six and the other game could have gone either way. [Gabriel] Jesus, wow, what a player … it’s nothing against [Manchester] City but sometimes it clicks in a different environment."
Arsenal also made history when Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest player to play in the Premier League at the age of 15 years and 181 days.
After the international break might just be when we see exactly that Arsenal are made of as they hosts rivals Spurs and Liverpool in consecutive games.
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