Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal: by the numbers (why hustle matters)

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9 – Shots by Aston Villa
12 – Shots by Arsenal
4 – Shots on goal by Aston Villa
1 – Shots on goal by Arsenal
1051 – Days since a Premier League opponent kept Arsenal to just one shot on goal (9th January 2010 Arsenal 2-2 Everton. Rosicky goal 93rd minute, Osman OG 28th minute)
6.13 – Arsenal shots on goal per game average that (2009/2010) season
4.92 – Arsenal shots on goal per game average this season
36 – Percent of Arsenal’s shots on goal that they converted into goals both seasons
32 – Passes from Arteta to Mertesacker and from Mertesacker to Arteta, Arsenal’s most common pass combination (16 each way)
20 – Minute which Arsenal took their first shot (Ox, off target)
29 – Minute which Arsenal got their only shot on goal (Ramsey)
70 – Minute which Gervinho came on for Podolski
70 – Minute which Arsenal took their second to last shot (Ramsey, off target)
75 – Minute which Arsenal took their last shot (Ramsey, off target)
77 – Minute which Arshavin came on for Ox
86 – Minute which Coquelin came on for Giroud
19 – Shots in all competitions by Aaron Ramsey this season
1 – Goals scored in all competitions by Aaron Ramsey this season
31 – Shots per goal in the Premier League by Aaron Ramsey last season
10.75 – Shots per goal in Premier League play by Santi Cazorla
10.5 – Shots per goal in Premier League play by Olivier Giroud
2 – Shots by each of Giroud and Cazorla v. Aston Villa
4.75 – Shots per goal in Premier League play by Lukas Podolski
4 – Shots per goal in Premier League play by Theo Walcott

4 – Shots by Aaron Ramsey v. Aston Villa²
1 – Shots on goal by Aaron Ramsey² (tied with Westwood, Holman, Agbonlahor, and Bannon)
80 – Passes attempted by Aaron Ramsey²
77 – Passes completed by Aaron Ramsey²
39 – Passes completed by Ashley Westwood³
24 – Passes completed by Aaron Ramsey in the Villa final third
3 – Shots created by Aaron Ramsey² (tied with Giroud)
12 – Passes completed by Ashley Westwood in the Arsenal final third
2 – Shots created by Ashley Westwood³ (tied with Benteke and Bannon)
32 – Passes completed by Santi Cazorla in the Villa final third²
1 – Chances created by Santi Cazorla
0 – Turnovers by Aaron Ramsey
6 – Turnovers by Olivier Giroud² (tied with Benteke)
0 – Times Aaron Ramsey was dispossessed
3 – Times Giroud was dispossessed² (tied with Ox and Benteke)
2 – Shots taken by each of Cazorla, Giroud, and Ox.
1 – Shot by Olivier Giroud which made Arsene Wenger audibly yell “FOR FUCK’S SAKE”
2 – Attempted tackles by Mertesacker
2 – Successful tackles by Mertesacker
2 – Last ditch tackles by Mertesacker
2 – Blocks by Mertesacker² (tied with Bannan)
5 – Aerial duels won by Mertesacker³ (tied with Koscielny and Giroud)

7 – Clearances by Gibbs²
5 – Headed clearances by Gibbs²
5 – Interceptions by Gibbs² (tied with Arteta)

So you know how I do that “hustle board”? This is why:

  • Note that sometimes you don’t need a lot of effort to get a win (Southampton)
  • Stoke numbers unusually high because they forced Arsenal into 70 aerial duels (average is 31)
  • Arsenal outhustled Chelsea in tackles, inflating the overall duels number, but lost a lot of aerial duels
  • The overall trend is down
  • Tackles are down
  • Dribbles are down
  • Aerials are trending up
  • Against Villa Arsenal recorded the second fewest successful tackles of the season (11)
  • Against Villa Arsenal recorded the second fewest successful dribbles of the season (6)
  • If you take out the win over Soton, the draw to Villa was the third fewest duels won this season (Man U 21, Norwich 29, Soton 34, Villa 39)
  • 19 0f those 39 duels were aerials
  • 17 were tackles or dribbles, the second fewest  total of that number this season
  • If you look at shots on goal as a hustle stat, this could be considered the second worst performance by the Arsenal this season (1 shot on goal is the worst, 2 shots on goal were registered against Man U.)

7am

All numbers today via Opta or my personal database

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¹Best in the League in this category
²Lead both teams in this category
³Lead just his team in this category

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