2. Better equipped to handle domestic marathon
Teams must be adaptable to change if they are to win the Premier League, and to this point, Arsenal have handled their domestic conditions with aplomb.
A mixture of cautious opposition (who congest the middle), world-class frontlines, red cards and frequent injury problems are forcing Arteta to trial new player selections and explore different modes of chance creation (often from the wings) – all without hampering our own ability to compete.
This constant flux has led to rather turgid affairs that, in turn, compound supporter angst. But it is also making us more difficult to predict and leaves the team better prepared for any/all game states, which should result in consistent points accumulation over the campaign.
The need for such flexibility was clear after last year when a late-season collapse sparked fears that Arsenal had been tactically ‘found out’ or even left burnt out due to overreliance on a small corps of players.
Now the Gunners are well resourced and ready for whatever opponents throw at them, and that will only stand us in good stead.
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