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Arsenal are top of the Premier League thanks to summer signing Chambers dedicated his goal to

‘Arsenal never score from corners’, or so the old saying around the Emirates goes.

Out of the 55 goals they managed in the Premier League last season, just six came from dead ball scenarios (not including penalties) – a tally lowered only by relegated sides Fulham and Sheffield United.

Fast forward to this campaign though and the Gunners already have five in the space of just nine matches, ranking them joint first in the Premier League for goals from set pieces so far.

So what has caused such a dramatic turnaround in such a short space of time? Well, summer signing Nicolas Jover has played his part.

Arsenal’s new set piece coach has taken a hands on approach to organising the Gunners from dead ball scenarios in their matches. This was on full display as Calum Chambers dedicated his opening goal against Leeds to the Frenchman.

“The set-piece coach Nico told me you’re going to score from your first touch so that’s why I went running over to him. It was a nice moment,” the England international told Sky Sports.

Chambers is not the only one benefiting from the work of Arsenal’s new coach.

Thomas Partey was finally able to break his Gunners duck on Friday against Aston Villa with a header from a corner, while Alexandre Lacazette managed to rescue a point against Crystal Palace, and more or less secure himself a spot in Mikel Arteta ‘s first team, with a last minute goal the match before.

Since arriving from Manchester City in the summer to replace Andreas Georgson who left to join Malmo in his country of Sweden, Jover has been given reign to impose his own vision on Arsenal’s set pieces.

It is understood that the former Brentford coach does not focus so much on the striking of the ball, but rather how the players move in the box as they wait for deliveries.