10 things we have learned about Arsenal from the first 10 games of the season

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After ten games of the season, what have we learned about Arsenal so far?

Big game results remain a concern

Manchester City's late equaliser in the 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium was a blow, but Arsenal continue to struggle in the 'big' games. The Gunners needed a goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to rescue a point against Tottenham, whilst Arsene Wenger's men also struggled in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea. With games against Liverpool and Manchester United coming up, we will see whether Arsenal have made any progress in the games that cost them last season.

Wojciech Szczesny has kicked on following the signing of David Ospina

With the departures of Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano, Wenger decided to bring in a better quality of goalkeeper to challenge Szczesny. After impressing at the World Cup with Colombia, Nice's David Ospina arrived, and whilst he's barely featured, fans are seeing progress from Szczesny. The Polish international looks to have been spurred on by increased competition, which can only be good for Arsenal.

Not replacing Thomas Vermaelen was a huge mistake

Fans wanted Arsenal to snap up another centre back this summer, even before the £15m departure of Vermaelen to Barcelona. Depth was needed behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, but Wenger instead chose to spend his money on Danny Welbeck. That's left Arsenal a little short in defence with Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal being forced into action in the centre, but signing a recognised centre back in January has to be a priority.

Kieran Gibbs has emerged as Arsenal's most consistent player

Having patiently waited for his time to shine for years behind Gael Clichy, Gibbs has now made himself one of Arsenal's key players this season. Injuries remain a concern with the 25-year-old, but the Gunners have seem him turn in good performance after good performance, leading to call-ups to the England squad. He may not get the praise of other players, but Gibbs is becoming an important part of the team.

A better holding midfielder is needed

Wenger has toyed with 4-1-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 this season, but whichever system he uses, it relies heavily on holding midfield. So far, he's only really been able to use Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta in front of the back four, and neither have really impressed this season. They keep the ball moving well but outside of that, they don't track runners well enough and don't win possession back to spring attack well enough. An improvement is needed in the January transfer window. 

Alexis Sanchez was definitely worth £32m

The Chilean international was Arsenal's big signing of the summer, with the Gunners forking out £32m to land him from Barcelona. It was a huge amount of money to pay, but it looks like money well spent so far. Sanchez has scored seven Premier League goals so far, and has been Arsenal's player of the season to date with his pace, energy and creativity.

There are doubts over Aaron Ramsey

Welsh midfielder Ramsey was exceptional last season, racking up 12 goals and nine assists - but he hasn't been able to replicate that this season. The 23-year-old scored twice at the start of the season but hasn't found the net since, and his injury worries have returned. Fans have already wondered whether Ramsey was a one-season wonder, and he needs to improve to shake that tag.

Mesut Ozil's struggles continue

Much was made of Ozil's poor performances last season having failed to live up to his £42.5m price tag, and it hasn't been much better this season either. The German has often been used out wide, and that has - unsurprisingly - not worked. Ozil is now out injured, and it's clear that Sanchez has become the star of the show in North London, leading to rumours that Ozil could be sold.

Danny Welbeck is just what Arsenal needed

The £16m deadline day deal to sign Welbeck from Manchester United was a shock, and whilst he's only scored two Premier League goals so far, the 23-year-old has impressed for the Gunners. Welbeck is finally playing as a centre forward, and his pace and direct running has revitalised an Arsenal attack which was found wanting last season.

Wenger is still the man to lead Arsenal

Having won the FA Cup final and Community Shield, Wenger finally ended his nine-year trophy drought, but that didn't stop questions over his future at the Emirates Stadium. At 65, Wenger is nearing the end of his time as a Premier League manager but with the Gunners making progress on and off the field, it's clear that fans need to get behind Wenger.

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