Arsenal are heading into the North London Derby at home to fierce rivals Tottenham next week in good order. Despite Mikel Arteta continuing to chop and change his team throughout, the Gunners are picking up points.
Whilst not being the smoothest and most free-flowing set of performances, 13 points from five matches is a strong return and just what they needed to show the world that they are serious about competing at the top of the table once more. With the issues that Arteta is also having to balance on the pitch and off it, it's an even more impressive start.
Arsenal have rarely been able to call on a first choice XI so far this year with issues around Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus forcing Arteta's hand somewhat. Coming back from the international duty and there were once again some big calls to make.
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Gabriel, despite an injury scare and a long travel back from South America, was deemed fit to start but Gabriel Jesus — who came off the bench to score against Manchester United last time out and went away with Brazil — was left on the bench. David Raya got his first appearance in goal ahead of a key week for the new competitor for Aaron Ramsdale's place but it was the worrying knock for Gabriel Martinelli that clouded the game.
Ahead of hosting Ange Postecoglou's seriously impressive Tottenham side, Arteta was dealt a big blow in the first half against Everton. Moments after having an opening goal ruled out for a marginal offside, Martinelli had to go off with a hamstring issue. "He felt, I think, something in theRead on football.london