Former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy explained on talkSPORT what he found refreshing about Arsenal’s performance against Chelsea last weekend.
It was a significant result for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, who tasted victory for the first time in a match against Jose Mourinho.
“Arsenal looked fitter and they looked sharper – What I found really refreshing from Arsenal was their ability to stay organised, to stay compact and not throwing four or five men forward – I thought they were really organised,” he told talkSPORT.
Arsenal learning from mistakes
Murphy’s comments suggest that Arsenal have learnt from a mistake which troubled them at times last season.
On occasions, Arsenal found themselves in situations where they were throwing men forward as they chased a game or if they were looking to increase their advantage.
That approach left them vulnerable in terms of the counter attack and made it difficult for certain defensive players to get back into position.
A good example was the Champions League first leg against Monaco, where Arsenal seemed to lose all of their discipline, losing that match 3-1.
A good habit to get into
While Arsenal are a team that like to dominate possession and feely move the ball around, they will take pressure at times this season against good teams.
There will be occasions when a team forensically examines their defence looking for weaknesses and it’s important that during those periods, the club can stand firm and deal with any danger to achieve the right result.