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Arsenal's season so far: Two down, but not out... Cooler heads must prevail!

Déjà vu is the only word I can think of right now to describe today's game, but before I begin I'd like to make a point. This is only the second game Unai Emery has taken charge of Arsenal in the Premier League and it's going to be a little while yet before things begin to mesh comfortably. Having said that once again as with a lot of games last season, it was individual mistakes which cost us against Chelsea today. From the get-go it just didn't seem to be our day, with two clear chances missed by Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan and Chelsea going 2-0 up inside twenty minutes we looked a shambles. Not long after that however we decided to actually begin playing and our wingers, Mkhitaryan and Iwobi, took matters into their own hands and set eachother up for two goals in a matter of four minutes which put us level against the blues and picked up our chances of coming away with something. The game was swiftly back and forth for the remainder of the first half and then in the second Torreira was brought on for Xhaka who'd been on a yellow card and hadn't really been playing all that great either if we're being honest and we went again. But as previously mentioned, individual mistakes cost us and we hardly had a player worth shouting about except once again, Mattéo Guendouzi, who was our best player for the second week running which says a lot being his first in a new league and in top flight Football and the surprise inclusion of Alex Iwobi who was extremely impressive today and definitely repaying Emery's faith in him. Our defence was lacklustre and the partnership of Mustafi and Sokratis was nowhere near as solid as one would hope, with Bellerín also having major lapses in focus at times too. A couple of short mistakes from Torreira also caused some problems during the match but it's to be expected with a player so new and still learning the ferocity of the Premier League but others such as Aaron Ramsey for the short time he was on the pitch, Mesut Özil (for as hard as he worked) and even Alexandre Lacazette (who was at fault for giving the ball away and leading up to Chelsea's third goal) were very poor this evening. I don't believe for one second this will be the Arsenal that finishes the Premier League in May but it's hard to imagine that Emery will leave Stamford Bridge okay with any of this and I feel there will be a few players in training this week who will have to look over their shoulders. Emery gave a few extra chances this week after the City debacle and although the squad were better and more forceful in this match I can see one or two being dropped. But fans really need cool heads and they need to remember that this is a whole different ball game where Unai Emery is concerned. There is an entirely new backroom staff at Arsenal right now with new management and new personnel. The integration of theory and practice is going to take some time and Gooners really do need to keep that in mind. We're currently sitting 17th with 0 points and on -3 goal difference, this is not a good look. However if we begin to get restless two games into the season, we will just fall back into the negative and that's the last thing the club needs...

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