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Arsenal's Revival: Impact of Winter Break and Tactical Adaptations

 Arsenal's Revival: Impact of Winter Break and Tactical Adaptations

Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard
(R) Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring the 5th Arsenal goal with (L) Martin Odegaard during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on February 11, 2024 in London, England(Image-Getty) 

Since their winter break in Dubai, Alex Keble delves into Arsenal's significant turnaround in form. Mikel Arteta's side's resurgence, marked by a 100% win record in the Premier League post-Dubai, underscores the impact of their rejuvenating break. With comprehensive victories against Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, and West Ham United, Arteta's claims of a "phenomenal camp" in Dubai appear substantiated.

The team's attacking statistics reflect a notable improvement, with Arsenal's goals-per-game average doubling and their Expected Goals (xG) rising substantially. Moreover, their defensive solidity has been reinforced, evident in their reduced xG Against (xGA) per game. Crucially, the swift starts in matches, courtesy of Declan Rice's set-piece deliveries, have catalyzed Arsenal's performances. Rice's influence on set-pieces has created early opportunities, enabling Arsenal to dictate play and unsettle opponents.

Tactically, Arsenal has displayed adaptability and purpose across recent fixtures. Havertz's dynamic roles as a "false nine" and a left-sided eight have invigorated Arsenal's attacking dynamics. Moreover, the utilization of unexpected positions, such as Ben White's central midfield deployment, has confounded opponents and created space for Arsenal's creative outlets.

As Arsenal aims to maintain their momentum, the combination of individual improvements and tactical adjustments bodes well for sustained success. The team's burgeoning self-belief, reflected in their evolving xG metrics, signifies a promising trajectory as they pursue their aspirations in the Premier League.

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