Mikel Arteta has fixed Arsenal’s biggest issue this season as Tomiyasu and Gabriel earn praise

Arsenal’s Premier League opening day defeat to Brentford was a traumatic experience that has gone on to define the perception of their defensive capabilities in the early part of this season.

“It’s just so Arsenal” said Jamie Carragher as Christian Norgaard profited from some shambolic set piece defending to nod home the Bees second on the night.

The Gunners would go on to concede seven more in their next two matches, quickly forming a narrative that keeping the opposition out was going to be a huge issue for the coming season.

In the space of just two games though that has been almost completely flipped on its head.

Back to back clean sheets against Norwich and Burnley were achieved under very different circumstances.

The Canaries were undoubtedly the easier test, but the well known unique threat that Sean Dyche’s side pose is something Arsenal sides have struggled with in the past.