Arsenal has four issues to address during the international break.


Arsenal has four issues to address during the international break.

Arsenal has been in a lot of trouble in recent months and will have to deal with it over the international break.

Arsenal’s dreadful start to this season’s Premier League campaign has improved after a run of four games without defeat – but the problems remain at the Emirates, with plenty of work to be done over the international break.

The Gunners have recovered from the bottom of the table to 11th after scoring 10 points out of a possible 12, but fans are still unhappy with the club’s current position after spent the most of the Premier League’s history in the top four.

Mikel Arteta appears to be settling into the season despite widespread criticism of his tactical selections in the media, and the Spaniard now has a two-week vacation to reflect on what went so wrong in the first three games.

Express Sport examines what issues he might be able to tackle over the forthcoming international break.

For the previous four seasons, Bernd Leno has been Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper, but Aaron Ramsdale’s recent form has kept the German shot-stopper on the bench.

At 29, Leno is entering what is normally regarded to be the peak of a goalkeeper’s career, but with no game time, he will likely look for a new team if Ramsdale continues to start.

With just over 18 months left on his contract, Arteta must decide whether to keep the former Leverkusen goalkeeper in his ranks or get a significant money in order to avoid losing him for free in 2023.

Arsenal’s major concern this season is not so much their defense as it is their offensive production.

The Gunners have only scored in three of their seven Premier League games this season, putting them on course to have their worst-ever 38-game Premier League season in terms of goals scored, as their 49 goals in 1995-96 will almost certainly be surpassed this season unless something drastic happens.

With only two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the contracts of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah expiring at the end of the season, Arteta will have to think long and hard about his next move.

In the Premier League, there’s a lot to be said for consistency, especially when it comes to starting lineups.

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