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3 Arsenal players who have made sluggish starts and must step up

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3 Arsenal players who have made sluggish starts and must step up

Arsenal have made an indifferent start to the new season.

The Gunners won their first two games against Newcastle United and Burnley, but are now without a win in their last two after losing to Liverpool and drawing with Tottenham Hotspur.

Having looked at the fixtures before a ball was kicked, most fans would likely have taken seven points although the club’s activity in the transfer market has raised the expectations of some.

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There are now some favourable fixtures to come for Unai Emery’s team, which will provide the opportunity for some individuals the chance to step up.

Here are some players who should be seeking to improve after the international break.

Nicolas Pepe

He’s had time to settle in following his £72 million move from Lille and has so far shown glimpses of what he’s all about.

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No goals and one assist so far, but the signs are definitely there and the Ivorian will hope to start contributing more now that he’s got a feel for the Premier League.

 

Granit Xhaka

It’s been a pretty rotten start for the Switzerland international, who will actually be lucky to keep his place in the starting XI after his latest display against Tottenham Hotspur.

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£100,000-a-week player Xhaka (Spotrac) has started the season just as fans hoped he wouldn’t – making mistakes and offering little support for a fragile defence.

His rash tackle on Heung-min Son to concede the penalty on Sunday was utter madness, and he simply has to improve if Emery is going to keep selecting him after the international break.

David Luiz

His transfer from Chelsea was generally praised by fans, but Luiz has already made a number of mistakes at the back and needs to up his game before the Arsenal faithful loses its patience.

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He is an experienced Premier League defender, who had actually shored his game up a fair bit in his second stint at Chelsea.

It’s been an iffy start alongside Sokratis – who has also sparked jitters for some supporters – and the Brazilian must stand up and be counted for when the Premier League returns.

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