After the highs of later weeks, this will certainly have been a wake-up call for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s side were fabulous against Fulham on the opening end of the week of the modern season, fair as they had been when they beat champions Liverpool within the Community Shield. But against West Ham on Saturday night, they appeared they are still exceptionally much a work in advance.

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Arsenal have went through the summer looking to include to their midfield, with Thomas Partey and Huseem Aouar their chief targets, and on this prove you’ll see why Arteta is keen to support his choices within the middle of the park.

 Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos have been great for the Spaniard since lockdown, but both players truly battled against a compact West Ham side who gave them exceptionally small time on the ball.
 The result was a execution more in keeping of what we saw from Arsenal beneath Unai Emery final season, instead of what we have seen from them beneath Arteta since he took over in December.
Arteta said, when asked about Xhaka and Ceballos after the game:
“I think they’ve been really good since I joined the club, Depending on what happens with some other players, we are open to discussions. The market can surprise us. [Teams] can come for any of our players in different positions and we have to react, like it happened with Emi [Martinez]. So let’s see what happens.”

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