Following Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with newly promoted Leeds United on Sunday, it is now seven hours and 56 minutes since the Gunners scored from open play in the Premier League.
This equates to the North London side’s lowest tally in 34 years, just nine goals in nine games. The failure to score against the leagues’ worst defence must draw concerns for Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff all be it they were playing with ten men for the best part of half an hour.
In addition, Mikel Arteta’s side have now not scored in four of their last Premier League matches. Their one goal came in an impressive 1-0 victory at Old Trafford scored from the penalty spot by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
What is a more startling stat, however, is that the North London club now rank among the bottom six teams so far this campaign for chances creation per match in the top flight.
German international Mesut Ozil, who has not played for Arsenal this season, ended up ranking second on the list of most creative player for the 2019/20 season. Despite only playing 18 games he created 38 chances for his teammates.
This begs the question whether Ozil should be recalled from his exile or in fact should Arteta go all out to recruit another creative player in the January transfer window?
Arsenal’s Christian Eriksen link?
One former Arsenal player Kevin Campbell has suggested that the Gunners should sign the ‘superb’ ex-Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.
The 28-year-old Danish attacking midfielder has reportedly asked to leave his current club Inter Milan and could be sold in January according to the Serie A club’s sporting director Giusppe Marotta.
Marotta told DAZN:
“We do not certainly have to force a player to stay when he asks to leave.”
Indeed, since moving for £17.5 million from Spurs to the San Siro in January of this year, Eriksen has just managed four goals in 33 matches – including none this season.
Eriksen has also only started three of the club’s eight league matches so far and has been an unused substitute in Inter’s last two matches, including Sunday’s 4-2 win over Torino.
The attacking midfielder’s contract with Inter Milan runs until 2024, but when asked about his current role with the club Eriksen told TV2:
“This isn’t want I dreamed of,
“It is a strange situation, as the fans want to see me playing more and so would I, but the coach has different ideas and as a player I have to respect that.
“I am concentrating on my football, then when the transfer window opens we will see if something happens or not.”
While Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte said:
“I will not select my team just to please one player.”
Eriksen’s record with Tottenham
The Denmark midfielder’s record with Tottenham is significantly more impressive as he played more than 300 games for the club and helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side reach the Champions League final back in 2018.
Overall he scored 69 goals in his 305 games for the club but perhaps more importantly chipped in with 89 assists for his team.
When asked about the Eriksen speculation, Campbell said:
“Christian Eriksen played for the rivals but we all know the quality he possesses, that’s for sure.
“It is not quite working out for him at Inter Milan right now and I am sure he would be a good addition to Arsenal’s squad.”
Do Arsenal need a player like Eriksen?
Truth be told, a team like Arteta’s could certainly do with someone of Eriksen’s talents.
The Danish playmaker is certainly someone who has that potential to come up with that spark in the final third and picking that pivotal final pass is something that the Gunners clearly lack at the moment.
It is also clear that Eriksen is a player who currently does not fit in with Conte’s plans at Inter Milan and he has struggled so far to get the best out of the Danish international.
It certainly worked out well for Eriksen first time round in the Premier League for another North London side, could perhaps it do so again?
Let us know what you think Arsenal fans in the comments below, would you be happy to see your side make a move for the Danish international in the January transfer window?