Premier League: Are Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs & Man Utd more vulnerable than ever?

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From Chris Collinson
BBC Sport statistician
Four members of the Premier LeaguesBig Six – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham – have shown signs of weakness so far this season.
With a combined 49 points being taken by the four clubs out of their first eight games – far less than in recent seasons and that the fewest between them – we have a look at the issues they have been facing.
After taking two points from their first eight matches – their tally at this stage since 1989 – Manchester United will be the culprit for this fall in points. And with nine goals scored, its evident where their problems lie.
Together with their youngest-ever beginning XI in a Premier League season, the club have had the shots from the match, but it is the caliber of those shots which are the reason for concern.
According to expected aims, only Newcastle have experienced shots that were worse on average than the young side, outside of penalties of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
One positive for United fans is that while the attack is currently struggling to produce opportunities the defence has restricted the opportunities of the opposition, which makes it among the defences in this phase. After selling striker Romelu Lukaku over the summertime and spending # 130m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka along with defenders Harry Maguire, this is possibly no surprise.
In the Premier League, Tottenham were third on Valentines Day and five points behind leaders Liverpool.
However, 22 points out of 20 games because has placed a strain on the connection between the team, players and the team, with talk of theunsettled team along with a few reportedly looking to catch the attention of other clubs.
The problem for Tottenham is its not one particular subject. The table below shows both the defence and the strike so far are equally as awful as theyve been in this phase from the six seasons under Mauricio Pochettino , as well as the players never pressing such as before.
While we can not know for certain, this could be down to the fact players and that the manager are together for a remarkably long time. Eight players are still in the club in Pochettinos very first year in 2014-15 – compared to just three at Manchester City and 2 in Liverpool – some time of those 32 supervisors in the Champions League this season, just Atletico Madrids Diego Simeone was in his club longer than his fellow Argentine.
With the club now third in the table, it may seem odd to mention that Arsenal have had problems this season. However, a goal difference of +2 suggests that all is not as comfortable as it looks, without a team having sat as large in the table with so low a guess at this point as Phil Browns Hull City did so with a goal difference of zero in 2008.
After allowing 10-12 shots each game they let over 13 under Unai Emery within their first campaign final year. With promoted sides Norwich and Aston Villa having faced more shots than the Gunners this season this year Arsenal are now allowing a remarkable 17 shots per game.
The one consolation for Arsenal fans is that while the group has been under heavy fire this past year, theyve been able to prevent the opposition with Burnley allowing opportunities.
In the past five seasons before that one three sides have enabled 17 or more shots per game – Sean Dyches Burnley and David Moyes relegated Sunderland side in 2016-17.
Although many have commended Chelseas youngest-ever beginning XI at a Premier League season, it has also surrendered an undying 14 goals in its eight games so far, with Southampton, Watford and just Norwich allowing in more.
It is just the second time in the Roman Abramovich era double figures have been surrendered by the club following the collapse under Jose Mourinho of the club saw them concede 17 goals in their first eight games in 2015.
Having saved only 48% of those shots hes faced this year, keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga takes a little share of this responsibility for the clubs defensive woes and gets the worst save percentage in the Premier League so far.
Of those 25 goalkeepers to have performed this season, only Southamptons Angus Gunn has more goals than anticipated than the Chelsea keeper.
The blame cannot be laid entirely at his doorway. This season, just four sides have allowed the resistance easier opportunities therefore Frank Lampard will hope his young side could make Arrizabalagas job a little easier at the future.
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