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From Chris Collinson
BBC Sport statistician
Four members of the Premier LeaguesBig Six – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham – all have shown signs of significant weakness so far this season.
With the four clubs taking a combined 49 points from their eight matches – far fewer than in recent seasons and the fewest between them – we all take a look.
After taking only nine points from their first eight games – their smallest tally at this stage since 1989 – Manchester United are the culprit for this collective fall in points. And with only nine goals scored, its clear where their problems lie.
Together with their youngest-ever beginning XI at a Premier League season, the club have had the shots in the league, but its the caliber.
According to aims Newcastle have had shots that were worse than the flip side, beyond penalties of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
1 positive for United fans is that while the attack is fighting to create excellent opportunities the defence has limited the resistances chances, making it one of the defences in this phase. After spending 130m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka and defenders Harry Maguire and promoting striker Romelu Lukaku over the summer, this is no surprise.
On Valentines Day, Tottenham were third and just five points behind leaders Liverpool.
But 22 points out of 20 games because has placed some strain on the relationship between the team, players and the team, together with discussion of anunsettled squad and a few allegedly seeking to grab the attention of other clubs.
The difficulty for Tottenham is its not a single particular area of the group that is the issue. The table below shows both the defence and the attack so far are as bad as theyve been at this phase in the six seasons as well as the players never pressing just like before.
While we can not know for sure, this might be down. Eight players are still in the club in Pochettinos first season in 2014-15 – compared to only three at Manchester City and two in Liverpool – some time of the 32 supervisors in the Champions League this year, just Atletico Madrids Diego Simeone has been in his club longer than his fellow Argentine.
Together with the club in the table, it may seem strange to mention that Arsenal have experienced problems this season. But a goal difference of +2 suggests that all is not as comfortable as it looks, without a team having sat as high in the table together with so low a guess at this stage since Phil Browns Hull City failed with a goal difference of zero in 2008.
They let just over 13 under Unai Emery within their first campaign final season after allowing 10-12 shots per game in each of the clubs closing 13 seasons under Arsene Wenger. With just marketed sides Aston Villa and Norwich getting faced more shots than the Gunners this year this year, however, Arsenal are allowing a remarkable 17 shots per match.
The one consolation for Arsenal fans is that while the team has been under heavy fire this past season, theyve managed to stop the resistance from getting great shots away, with Burnley allowing opportunities than the negative typically of Emery.
In the five seasons before that one 3 sides have let 17 or more shots a match – Sean Dyches Burnley twice and David Moyes relegated Sunderland side in 2016-17.
Though Chelseas youngest-ever beginning XI at a Premier League season has been commended by many, it has also surrendered an abysmal 14 targets in its own eight matches up to now, with Watford just Norwich and Southampton letting in longer.
It is just the second time from the Roman Abramovich age that the team have surrendered double figures after the clubs meltdown under Jose Mourinho saw them concede 17 goals in their first eight games in 2015.
Having saved 48% of the shots he has faced this year, keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga requires a little share of this responsibility for its clubs defensive woes and gets the worst save percent in the Premier League so far.
Of the 25 goalkeepers to have performed this season, the Angus Gunn of just Southampton has more goals than expected than the Chelsea keeper.
The blame cannot be laid at his doorway. This year, just four sides have let the opposition easier opportunities so Frank Lampard will hope his young side may make Arrizabalagas task somewhat easier in future.
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