Two of the buzzwords surrounding Arsenal this summer have been ‘hard’ and ‘work’, usually with one following the other.
Unai Emery has promised that his team will ‘work hard’ and also that we’ll see a lot of ‘hard work’. It functions on many levels.
And despite the 2-0 defeat to Man City on Sunday, there was some evidence of that throughout the game.
Adrian Clarke’s Breakdown on the official website highlights the pressing game implemented by the new head coach, while Sky Sports have provided an illustration of how much effort the Arsenal players put in.
Of course running around a lot isn’t necessarily a positive thing. It can mean you just ran around a lot, or got the runaround, but in the context of what Emery said before the season began it’s an interesting stat to take note of – and one which we’ll keep an eye on over the coming weeks and months.
Is it enthusiasm and keenness to impress a new manager, or is this the physical effort demanded by Emery that we’ll see week in, week out? Let’s hope it’s the latter.
For more stats on Arsenal 0-2 Man City – check out the By the numbers post from Scott.