Following on from final week’s column, ‘It’s Going To Be A Big 2019-20 for…Youth Edition’, this week, I'll assess three of the extra senior gamers for whom this season represents a decisive one.
In pure personnel phrases, it’s troublesome to argue that Arsenal’s defence has improved forward of this season. Laurent Koscielny was unlikely to have the ability to play the identical quantity of video games he managed within the second half of final season anyway, however his imminent departure weakens the Gunners again line. Rob Holding ought to return to health quickly which is nice as a result of it should imply much less Mustafi.
Nevertheless, we ought to be cautious about anticipating Holding and Bellerin to return in and rescue an Arsenal defence that has conceded 102 objectives in its final 76 Premier League video games. Briefly, Leno goes to wish to have a shit scorching season. In equity, he carried out an inexpensive impression of a one-man resistance through the second half of final season.
The fear is whether or not he can proceed to defy metrics and carry out above his profession common so far. In this Statsbomb post @MoeSquare writes, “The worry is that Leno’s efficiency this season was such an outlier in comparison with earlier ones, that it’s extra doubtless he experiences a decline shifting ahead. If Arsenal’s defence doesn’t enhance, something in need of a repeat efficiency from Leno might spell additional hassle.”
Many Gunners followers have been prepared to maneuver on from Petr Cech final season and it was apparent that Leno was a way more trendy goalkeeper when it got here to distribution. It took a short while for him to emphatically win over the Arsenal fan base however nothing earns you the adoration of the Arsenal crowd fairly like a breath-taking double save away at Tottenham.
Leno double save vs Spurs. We’ve lastly obtained a keeper we will depend on. pic.twitter.com/Rk3Fqu5brg
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