Arsenal FC: Another Clean Sheet Will Be a Massive Boost to the Squad

Mike Goncalves@MGoncalves10Correspondent IIISeptember 4, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal gives Thomas Vermaelen instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and  Arsenal at Anfield on September 2, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Three clean sheets in as many matches in the English Premier League is something Arsenal hasn't been able to do in 88 years.

Although the Gunners may not be off to their best start in regards to goals scored or total points thus far, new assistant manager Steve Bould has helped tighten things up in the Arsenal defense.

Another solid performance from Arsenal, this time away at Anfield against Liverpool, will have Arsene Wenger happy. Not only did his squad keep a third team off the scoresheet, but it also saw new signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla get their first goals in an Arsenal uniform.

Fixtures between Liverpool and Arsenal are almost always high-scoring affairs, and it's been over six seasons since Arsenal has held Liverpool scoreless at Anfield.

The club's fixtures against Stoke City away at the Brittania Stadium have also been difficult to keep the opposition off the board. Since the 2008/09 season, Arsenal has only defeated The Potters once, which was in the 2009-10 campaign. All together, in four other meetings at the Brittania not including the current season, Arsenal has one victory, two defeats and one draw with a total of zero clean sheets.

If we take a look at statistics in its first three EPL matches, since the 2001/02 season, Arsenal has averaged a total of three goals against, 1.25 clean sheets, 6.67 goals for, 1.67 wins, 0.67 draws and 0.67 losses.

Despite only having a 0.67 goals-for average this campaign, the solid defensive displays have made up for the lack of goal scoring.

With a winless Southampton side traveling to The Emirates in its next fixture, a motivated and fully focused Arsenal squad will be ready for the challenge. Judging by the displays of the newly-promoted Saints, the hosts will once again need to be ready for a challenge.

Apart from the defensive end, Arsenal can now play with some pressure off its shoulders having scored two at Anfield. Many, if not most, criticized Wenger's lack of offense, but the French manager still believes Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski will be able to impress in their first season in England.

Giroud hasn't had much luck in front of goal, but one can only believe, or at least hope, that his time will come. Having to play with the pressure of replacing someone like Robin van Persie isn't easy, and now being three matches in and having already missed a few clear-cut chances won't make things easier.

A home match against Southampton will prove to be a handful for Arsenal if it underestimates the Saints, but Giroud should have a good chance to score his first goal for the Gunners. Another failed attempt will not be overlooked, but an Arsenal victory will definitely help ease the pain.


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