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By Chris Collinson
BBC Sport statistician
Four members of the Premier League’s’Big Six’ – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham – have shown signs of weakness so far this year.
With the four clubs carrying a combined 49 points from their eight matches – far fewer than in recent seasons and that the fewest between them since the Premier League effort in 1992 – we have a look.
After taking two points out of their first eight matches – their lowest tally at this point since 1989 – Manchester United will be the culprit with this drop in points. And with only two goals scored, it’s evident where their problems lie.
Together with their youngest-ever beginning XI in a Premier League season, the team have had the fifth-most shots from the match, but it’s the caliber of those shots that are the cause for concern.
According to anticipated aims Newcastle have experienced shots that were worse on ordinary than the youthful side, outside of penalties of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
1 favorable for United fans is that while the assault is struggling to produce opportunities , the defence has limited the chances of the opposition, which makes it among the defences in this stage. After spending #130m on defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and selling striker Romelu Lukaku on the summertime, this is possibly no surprise.
In the Premier League, Tottenham were on Valentine’s Day and five points behind leaders Liverpool.
However, 22 points out of 20 games since has placed some strain on the connection between the manager, players and the team, with speak of an”unsettled” team along with some allegedly seeking to grab the eye of different clubs.
The problem for Tottenham is it’s not one particular field of the team that is the problem. As well as the players not pressing just like before, the table below shows both the defence and the attack so far are as terrible as they have been in this stage from both seasons.
This might be down while we can’t know for certain. Eight players continue to be at the club from Pochettino’s very first year in 2014-15 – in contrast to only three in Manchester City and 2 in Liverpool – some time of those 32 supervisors at the Champions League this year, just Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has been at his club more than his fellow Argentine.
With the club currently third in the table, it may seem strange to mention that Arsenal have experienced problems this year. But a goal difference of +2 indicates that all is not as comfy as it looks, without a group having sat as large at the table together with so low a figure at the point as Phil Brown’s Hull City did so with a goal difference of zero in 2008.
They allowed just over 13 last season after permitting 10-12 shots each game in each of the club’s closing 13 seasons under Arsene Wenger. This year Arsenal are now allowing a remarkable 17 shots a game, with marketed sides Norwich and Aston Villa having faced more shots than the Gunners this year.
The one consolation for Arsenal fans is with Burnley allowing lower-quality chances, that while the team has been under heavy fire this past year, they have been able to avoid the resistance from getting great shots off.
Even so, in the previous five seasons before that one, just 3 sides have allowed 17 or more shots a match – the Burnley double of Sean Dyche and David Moyes’ relegated Sunderland side in 2016-17.
Though many have praised Chelsea’s youngest-ever beginning XI in a Premier League season, it has conceded an uncharacteristic 14 targets in its eight games up to now, with Southampton, Watford and Norwich allowing in longer.
It is only the second time from the Roman Abramovich age the club have conceded double figures following the club collapse under Jose Mourinho saw them concede 17 goals in their first eight matches in 2015.
Having saved just 48 percent of those shots keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga takes some share of this responsibility for the club’s defensive woes and gets the worst save percentage in the Premier League so much.
Of the 25 goalkeepers to have played this season, the Angus Gunn of just Southampton has more goals than expected than the Chelsea keeper.
The blame cannot be laid entirely at his doorway. This year, only four sides have allowed the resistance chances to score on average than Chelsea, therefore Frank Lampard will be expecting his young side could make Arrizabalaga’s task in future.
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