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Bouncing back

This was more than just a trip to Brentford for Arsenal. It was a chance to prove they have made a key improvement from last season.

Arsenal lost consecutive matches on far too many occasions last term, which ultimately saw their Champions League qualification hopes go up in smoke. Today they were right on it from the first whistle despite the early kick-off and head into the international break at the top of the table.

Lack of squad depth

Many feel the signings Arsenal made in the summer strengthened the depth available to Arteta. However, it is still not to the level the Spaniard will ideally want.

The average age of Arsenal’s bench today was just 21. Three of the nine players had not played a single minute of football for the first team, while Marquinhos and substitute goalkeeper Matt Turner were yet to play in the Premier League.

Arsenal had six players missing due to injury. Arteta will be hoping the majority of those will be back available after the international break.



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