Arsenal got their season off to a great start by picking up an away victory against Newcastle United.
The Gunners ground out a 1-0 win at St. James’ Park, meaning they now have as many away clean sheets this term as they managed in the whole of 2018/19.
Unai Emery will expect massive improvement going forwards, and he should get that once he can call on all of his new signings from the start.
David Luiz, Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli were all named as substitutes on Sunday, with Kieran Tierney still a few weeks away from full fitness.
Someone who Arsenal really missed against Newcastle though was Alexandre Lacazette – who must start every game going forwards.
The Frenchman was apparently a slight doubt heading into the game and was fit enough only for the bench. He was not sent on by Emery.
Lacazette’s absence really told at St. James’.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led the line and did well enough, but the 30-year-old is much more effective in a partnership with the former Lyon man, or supporting from the left.
Lacazette is a brilliant technician and can hold the ball up superbly and bring others around him into play, as well as being a superb finisher in and around the box.
Arsenal struggled to be creative in the final third and there aren’t many better creative centre-forwards than Lacazette in the Premier League at the moment.