It has been an thrilling and pleasant 2022/23 Premier League season to date. It’s apparent to say that Arsenal are having an important season as they sit fairly on the prime, whereas the identical can’t be stated of Wolves, who’re the basement membership in the mean time.
With the Premier League, similar to main leagues throughout the globe, on pause because of the World Cup in Qatar which took centre-stage from November 20, listed below are the ten takeaways from the season to this point.
#Arsenal should be on the summit of the league
Arsenal have really been the perfect group within the nation for the reason that opening weekend of the 2022/23 Premier League season.
The north London giants have entered the break for the World Cup sitting 5 factors clear on the summit of the division having gained 12 of their first 14 video games. There have been solely two events Mikel Arteta’s aspect have dropped factors; ie within the 3-1 defeat to Man United at Outdated Trafford and the 1-1 draw with Southampton at St. Mary’s.
It’s the finest begin to a league season within the membership’s historical past and the followers could be forgiven for dreaming of a future the place they will see Arsenal’s 18-year anticipate a Premier League title finish this season.
#Newcastle United have made large strides below Eddie Howe
It’s astonishing to seek out Newcastle United third within the desk and firmly within the combine for a Champions League berth, solely a 12 months after they have been embroiled in a relegation dogfight.
Eddie Howe has nicely and really remodeled the membership’s fortunes with assist from the brand new house owners, a unbelievable recruitment coverage and vociferous fan help. Earlier than the World Cup break, Howe’s group picked up their eighth win of the marketing campaign after they beat Chelsea 1-0.
With just one loss from the 15 video games performed and the boldness surging via the gamers’ veins after staying unbeaten for the reason that defeat to Liverpool in September, Newcastle have come a great distance below Howe.
#Graham Potter already below strain
The World Cup break has come on the proper time for Graham Potter, who has many urgent points to mull over over the following month following Chelsea’s poor kind.
An inventory of managerial suitors to take over at Chelsea has emerged after a dry interval by which the group has picked up 11 factors from a doable 24. They have not gained in 5 Premier League video games, leaving Potter below strain already given how shortly they sacked the earlier supervisor who had guided them to Champions League glory a 12 months earlier.
Potter should keep true to his ideas and battle the state of affairs which is able to seemingly worsen earlier than it will get higher.
#Erik ten Hag’s Man United transferring in the proper path
Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United are exhibiting clear indicators of progress after 14 matches into the season.
For any overseas supervisor coming into the Premier League, it takes time to settle, likewise, Erik ten Hag is now discovering his toes at Man United. The Dutchman inherited a group which had completed sixth within the Premier League final season, 35 factors behind champions Man Metropolis.
However after a disastrous begin, which noticed his group lose the opening two video games, Ten Hag has managed to instil a collective group spirit within the squad, execute the sport plan and the ideas that he needs the gamers to imbibe on the membership. And that too in a comparatively brief span of time amidst harm issues, poor type of some key gamers and distractions prompted principally by a sure Portuguese celebrity.
The progress made by Man United below Ten Hag is tangible, to say the least.
#Antonio Conte’s failure in opposition to ‘Large Groups’
Tottenham Hotspur should take into account the primary part of the season successful given they sit fourth within the desk, however watching Antonio Conte’s group has typically been a uninteresting train.
A repetitive sample of gradual and unimaginative begins, conceding targets early after which having to chase video games are one thing Conte should deal with over the World Cup break. As well as, Spurs’ failure to beat any of the normal ‘Large Six’ golf equipment to date plus Newcastle United, is one thing that ought to fear Conte.
#Erling Haaland on a unique stage
Erling Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm, scoring 23 targets and offering three assists in 18 appearances for Manchester Metropolis this season—18 of these targets coming in 13 Premier League video games which incorporates three hat-tricks.
The impression Haaland has had since arriving at Man Metropolis from Dortmund in the summertime is staggering, and there is arguably anyone who has ever dominated the Premier League like him instantly after coming from overseas.
One in every of Pep Guardiola’s greatest aims through the World Cup break will probably be to verify the Norwegian goal-machine is match and firing when the Premier League season resumes, as a result of Haaland will probably be completely essential to Man Metropolis’s try to overhaul Arsenal on the prime of the desk.
#Fulham punching above their weight
Not many would have anticipated newly-promoted Fulham to be within the prime 10 going into the Christmas break, however they’ve definitely managed to silence many doubters.
Fulham have been the shock package deal, having fun with a stable season off the again of fantastic switch exercise and exhausting work put in by supervisor Marco Silva. The Portuguese tactician’s impression on the squad has been telling, with a number of gamers bettering below him.
If the Cottagers can maintain Aleksandr Mitrovic match and firing, add a few gamers to their squad in January and observe Silva’s ideas meticulously, they might nicely end within the prime half of the desk in what is going to then characterize a exceptional achievement.
#Aston Villa and Unai Emery—appears an excellent match
It’s unjust to evaluate Unai Emery on a small pattern dimension however there have been indicators already that the supervisor may be simply what Aston Villa, who’ve definitely punched beneath their weight, wanted.
Emery could not have requested for a greater begin to his second stint in English soccer, successful his opening two Premier League video games in opposition to Man United and Brighton. New-manager bounces can typically be misleading, however Emery seems a superb match for Aston Villa and vice-versa.
In Emery, Villa have a supervisor with a superb CV, a confirmed managerial pedigree who has the potential to lastly take the membership to the degrees the followers and the pundits and the house owners imagine they need to be.
#Frank Lampard has reached endgame at Everton
Stress has ramped up on Frank Lampard after per week by which his Everton aspect misplaced to Bournemouth twice—as soon as within the EFL Cup and as soon as within the Premier League.
Lampard joined Everton final 12 months and managed to keep away from relegation with the membership, and this season was anticipated to be the one the place he lastly settles and unleashes his footballing philosophy with a average quantity of strain on him.
However issues have been topsy-turvy for the Toffees and a interval which noticed six defeats in eight video games has led to the membership getting into the worldwide break on a considerably low notice.
Whether or not Lampard survives the break stays to be seen, however the moans and groans of followers changing into louder and stronger in stadiums after each passing week recommend they’ve had sufficient of the English tactician at Everton.
#David Moyes should change issues at West Ham
West Ham United appear to have misplaced their means and hit the six-week break having tasted defeats of their final three Premier League video games – two of them at dwelling—to drop right down to sixteenth within the desk.
After a few actually fairly exceptional seasons, issues appear to be going awry for David Moyes at West Ham—together with his aspect missing vitality, prosaic concepts, and their mentality imitating a give up. Typically, issues usually are not trying fairly below Moyes, the temper across the London Stadium has soured and the gamers’ lack of need to compete is kind of telling.
If Moyes is to get West Ham again on monitor, he should change issues radically after the break or be ready to face the ax himself.