Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has found four new invincibles this season – ORA SPORT MANING

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Mikel Arteta has a new crop of players he can trust at Arsenal.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was certainly not expecting his team to start the season. The Gunners are flying high at the top of the Premier League table when the main objective in this period is just to get back to the Champions League.

Arteta is not going to get carried away, with the North London derby against Tottenham being a real test of Arsenal’s credentials. Sunday’s win over Brentford was arguably their best performance of the campaign so far.

Against a well-formed Bees team, Arsenal were dominant from the first minute. Last season, Arteta had a crop of players he would rely on week after week.

This year, that number has increased. Express Sport analyzes four Arsenal players who have become invincible this season.

William Saliba
Saliba is a lot like a new Arsenal signing. He hasn’t played a single minute for the club before this season despite signing three years ago.

Many criticized Arteta for borrowing him in the latter period, but it proved to be a masterstroke. Saliba fit perfectly into the back row as if he had been playing in the Premier League for years.

£50m signing Ben White has been moved from his usual centre-back position to accommodate Saliba. Only an injury now would have him back in the midfield.

Xhaka granite
In fact, Xhaka has been a player that Arteta has relied on previously. But now the Swiss is starting to show his true quality in midfield.

Xhaka is not a defensive midfielder and never has been. He is now thriving as a left wing number 8 with a real attacking threat.

Arsenal fans are starting to change their minds about Xhaka. He’s one of the first names on the team’s record at the moment.

Gabriel Martinelli
With Emile Smith Rowe not fully fit for the start of the season, and again injured now, the chance was there for Martinelli to secure a starting spot. The Brazilian certainly did that.

He has three goals in his seven league appearances and is one of three Arsenal players who have started every match in all competitions this season. Martinelli was unfortunate enough to have a goal disallowed at Old Trafford, but the way he jumped at the chance showed just how much he improved in those positions.

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Gabriel Jesus
Jesus arrived as a first-choice striker but had yet to prove why Arsenal decided to spend £45m on him. He has more than done so far, with four goals in seven matches.

It’s not just the result of the goal that impresses. Arsenal look much more dangerous in attack with a striker who has everything in Jesus.

Defenders are worried about the Brazilian, something that could rarely be said about Alexandre Lacazette last season. Jesus already has as many league goals as Lacazette did in his last campaign in the Emirates.

All Liverpool players ranked so far this season after nightmare start for Jurgen Klopp

Express Sport manages the entire Liverpool squad after a difficult start to the campaign.

Liverpool had hoped to mount a serious challenge to defending champions Manchester City for the Premier League title this season, but Jurgen Klopp couldn’t have wished for a worse start. The German knows that his underperforming stars will have to improve their performance if they are to prevent Pep Guardiola’s team from winning the title again.

The Reds have largely disappointed in their first six league games so far this season, drawing against Merseyside rivals Everton, Fulham and Crystal Palace, as well as losing 2-1 at Old Trafford to a Manchester United team in transition.

A 9-0 demolition of Bournemouth was a reminder of how devastating Klopp’s team can be when they put it all together, but the 55-year-old will be the first to admit it didn’t go as planned. Some have pointed to the departure of key man Sadio Mane, while the crippling injury crisis has left the Liverpool manager short of options at times.

But which players shined and who failed this season? Express Sport ranks all Liverpool players who participated this season at 10.

Alisson Becker: 7/10
Where would Liverpool be without the trusty Brazilian cork? The Merseyside team have Alisson to thank, as his start would have been much worse without his confident displays.

Hadrian: 6
The Spanish veteran made a surprise appearance at the Community Shield and didn’t look out of the ordinary.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6
Liverpool’s assist king has yet to create a Premier League goal and some questionable defensive displays have let him down so far this season.

Jose Gomes: 5
At 25, it’s hard to see where Gomez fits into Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the future. But his performances didn’t help him fight Joel Math and Ibrahima Konate for a spot.

Joel Matip: 7
Liverpool’s most solid centre-back and unsung hero, Matip looked confident in his outings this season and scored a crucial win against Ajax.

Virgil van Dijk: 6
It’s strange to see Van Dijk not having his usual defence-minded stance, but the Dutchman has had a shaky start by his high standards. If he improves, Liverpool will benefit from that.

Nat Phillips: 5
Few precious opportunities to impress, but the 25-year-old, to his credit, performed adequately when brought into the squad.

Andy Robertson: 6
Klopp clearly felt Robertson is not playing at his best after recently replacing the Scotsman late in the games. But some competition from Tsimikas might be just what he needs.

Kostas Tsimikas: 6
He barely managed to get a look at the first half of last season, now the Greek is vying with Robertson for the spot at left-back after some impressive late bench appearances.

Stefan Bajcetic: 6
At 17, it would be hard to judge the young man by his brief appearances. But the fact that he is on Klopp’s thoughts shows that he deserves praise for his meteoric rise through the ranks.

Thiago Alcantara: 7
He hasn’t been on the field very often due to injury, but Liverpool look like a much better team with possession. A divine player.

Fabinho: 6
The midfield enforcer has been less dominant this season than Liverpool fans expected and the Brazilian looked lost without his usual partners at the center of the park.

Jordan Henderson: 6
No longer indispensable, Henderson must find a way into Klopp’s thinking after a middling start to the season, particularly if Fede Valverde is in the squad.

Harvey Elliott: 7
A player with real potential, the 19-year-old has been asked to play a variety of roles and has thrived on the pitch by Klopp this season. One of the highlights of the Reds’ season so far.

James Milner: 5
At 36, it looks like age may finally be catching up with the versatile midfielder. He seems to be a little under the pace as he fills the midfield role this season and could be content with a small role.

Naby Keita: 5
Injury has once again robbed Keita of a golden opportunity to impress Klopp and the German’s patience could be running out, with his contract about to expire at the end of the season.

Curtis Jones: N/A
The 21-year-old has only played one minute of football this season, so it’s impossible to judge him.

Arthur Melo: 5
Two replacement appearances for Arthur have followed since his loan from Juventus and early evidence suggests he will be nothing more than a reserve player.

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LUIS DIAZ: 8 (star man)
Liverpool’s star of the season so far. The Colombian impressed fans after quickly establishing himself in January and has come out on top this season with four goals in all competitions.

Mohamed Salah: 5
The Egyptian has lost color for his sky-high standards since signing a new contract and scoring just two goals in the league. The 30-year-old will need to improve soon with competition for places at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino: 7
The silky Brazilian silenced his critics as he rediscovered his form in front of goal, scoring twice in a 9-0 rout of Bournemouth. And he’s a worthy beginner right now.

Darwin Nunez: 5
The £85m signing looked like a shrewd buy after scoring on his Community Shield debut and against Fulham. But he’s been struggling since the asshole red card against Crystal Palace.

Fabio Carvalho: 6
Based on the evidence so far, the £8m paid to Fulham to ensure the 19-year-old appears to be another piece of genius on the recruiting team. A fast and skilled dribbler with excellent eyesight and a hunger to impress. A star for the future.

Diogo Jota: 5
It is disappointing for the Portuguese striker that, following the departure of Sadio Mane, he has not had the chance to show that he can replace the Senegalese’s goals after a string of injuries.

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