ARSENAL 0-2 WEST HAM: NUMBER STATION

Arsenal lost their first game of the season, conceding two goals from East London rivals. It was a disapointing game from everyone and was a sad day for everyone associated with the club. Here, gooner of steel brings you some numbers that summed up the game.

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22- number of shots Arsenal had in the entire game.

6- Shots on target from the Gooners.

9- Number of shots blocked by the West Ham players.

8- number of shots West Ham had.

4- number of shots on target from the hammers.

23- amount of minutes Alexis Sanchez played.

3- Alexis Sanchez attempts on goal in 23 minutes.

473- number of completed Arsenal passes.

16- number of chances created.

9/9- ratio of attempted take-ons to successful take-ons by the OX.

11-number of ball recoverys by Koscielny.

8- Aerial duels on by Koscielny out of 9.

2- Arsenal has lost just twice out of her last 15 premier league opening games.

5- Olivier Giroud number of attempts for the entire game.

0- Number of attempts by Giroud outside the 18-yard box.

93%- amount of completed passes by Santi Carzola.

1- number of errors by The OX that led to a goal.

44.9%- percentage of times that Arsenal attacked down the left side.

0- number of tackles, through balls, shots blocked and fouls by FRANCIS COQUELIN.

62%- percentage dribble by the entire Arsenal team.

100,000,000,000,000- number of times that Arsenal fans that have started the followed hatchtags on twitter should be flogged ( #wengerout #BringBackSzczesny #CechOut #Cechmate).

ARSENAL ROUND TABLE: WHERE ARSENAL COULD FINISH THIS SEASON?

For the first time in many seasons, there is real expectation that Arsenal could really challenge for the title and possibly win it. The enthusiasm is very high especially after back to back FA Cups and Community shields. We have also had a wonderful preseason, winning a rather infamous preseason treble.

However, realistically, do we stand a chance of actually winning the trophy. Chelsea and Manchester City have not really added to their squads and still have strong teams. Liverpool have started another transfer jamboree and Tottenham have decided to buy young players, maybe thinking this is the reserve league.

The big question is : realistically, can we expect to see Mertesacker and Arteta lifting the Premier League trophy come May 2016?

Toni Okike, writer of popular blog: goonerdaily.com

To be brutally honest with myself, I’d say second place.
The squad has shown some improvement since the season began but I feel that we may fall short if we don’t sign a very good center forward this summer.

JEORGE BIRD, writer for Arsenal youth blog

Hi, I would say 3rd at the moment but if we brought in a striker such as Benzema then we could seriously challenge for the title. 

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MY VIEW
Wenger has been dodging all bullets that are coming to him about the centre forward position. In his prematch press conference, he stated that he expected all players to share in the goals. Even giving Ozil and The OX personal goal targets of 10 goals or more, Giroud and Walcott, 20 goals or more. While this is realistic and would really push us up for the title, but a centre forward would still come handy. Benzema seems to be the person talked about but would Wenger go for him because everyone loves him?

I really don’t think so, Wenger has enough faith in Giroud, Welbeck and Walcott and I am sure that he would want to bring in a player that would start the process of integration into the team and learn the way of the club disrupting the cohesion of the team.

In my opinion, I think we can challenge for  the title with this squad and possibly even more. My only reservation is the lack of a credible deputy to Coquelin, Arteta is certainly not it, Wilshere could play there but he is injured, Isaac Hayden was used there during the Emirates Cup but he is has been sent on loan. That leaves just Krystain Beliek. I see us taking SECOND IN THE LEAGUE