Arsenal have started a Premier League campaign with two victories for the first time in ten years. An opening 1-0 win against Newcastle United was followed with a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Saturday. The Gunners have now taken points on the road and at the Emirates Stadium this season and are well and truly up and running.
Unai Emery will delighted with the start his side have made to the campaign. He will also be pleased with a number of the individual performances he has seen. Young pair Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock have impressed in both matches in the middle of the park.
Summer loan signing Dani Ceballos particularly shone against Burnley. The Spaniard orchestrated much of the home side’s positive attacking play. He also showcased some wonderful skills that excited the Emirates Stadium faithful. Emery certainly looks to have an exciting clutch of young midfielders on his hands. The return of the tenacious Lucas Torreira was another positive aspect of the Burnley clash.
The Spanish coach must now find a way to effectively balance and nurture these talents. He has the building blocks of an extremely exciting and dynamic midfield contingent at his disposal. However, he must be careful not to let too much pressure and expectation build up on the likes of Willock, who is just 19-years-old and is enjoying his first season as a first team regular.
If Emery can pull off this task of correctly engineering his midfield though then that will give Arsenal a huge boost this season. A front three comprised of the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe would also surely thrive with such an energetic and productive midfield unit operating behind them and supplying them with goalscoring opportunities.