At times last season it felt like if Bukayo Saka did not score or create, we would struggle to score or create.
With 11 Premier League goals and 7 assists, our Starboy led the way in both categories.
And when he ran out of steam in those closing weeks of the season, Arsenal also ran out of steam.
Which is why there is a lot to be excited about with his slow start to the season.
With zero goals and zero assists although he did force an OG on the opening day of the season) from the opening 3 games of the season, a lesser man would be worried by his “poor form”. But then I am no lesser man.
Arsenal have scored 9 in the opening 3 games of the season, leading to 9 points out of 9.
In Martin Odergaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka we have a fluid front 3 that have produced plenty of chances in the first 3 games.
Against Bournemouth, Odergaard – who some had been criticising in the opening 2 games – scored twice. That went with Martinelli’s opening 2 goals in the first 2 games and Jesus’s brace against Leicester City.
Such is the threat of Saka, he is now often double or even triple marked by opponents. This leads to space being free across the pitch.
Arsenal have threats all across the front four. And that means despite Saka’s quiet start, Arsenal have not struggled.
Some will begin to question Saka. The odd fellas that decide to find negativity in a 100% start to the season. Ignore them.
At some point, Saka will come good. Likewise Martinelli, Odergaard and Jesus will go off the boil.
Add in Emile Smith Rowe (who was 2nd in our goal scoring charts last season) and we have a variety of attacking talent.
Arteta has options up top. It is no longer down to Saka to be the main main.
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