Southampton 1-1 Arsenal: by the numbers

Southampton 1-1 Arsenal: by the numbers

Arsenal were matched tackle for tackle and pass for pass in all the key areas

538 – Passes attempted by Arsenal
413 – Passes attempted by Southampton
116 – Passes completed by Arsenal in the Southampton final third
97 – Passes completed by Southampton in the Arsenal final third
4 - Key passes by Arsenal (passes that led to a shot — their lowest in a Premier League game this season)
7 – Key passes by Southampton
6 – Shots by Arsenal (fewest shots in Premier League play this season)
9 – Shots by Southampton
1 – Shots on goal by Arsenal (tied with the Aston Villa game for fewest in a Premier League Game this season)
5 – Shots on goal by Southampton
3 – Corners won by Arsenal (fewest in a Premier League game since loss to Man U)
3 – Corners won by Southampton
2 – Successful crosses by Arsenal (of 23)
4 – Successful crosses by Southampton (of 21)
13 – Successful dribbles by Arsenal
12 – Successful dribbles by Southampton
17 – Successful tackles by Arsenal (27 attempted)
19 – Successful tackles by Southampton (24 attempted)
18 – Interceptions by each team
15 – Aerial duels won by each team
31 – Clearances Southampton forced Arsenal to make (18 successful)
30 – Clearances Arsenal forced Southampton to make (14 successful)

4 - Passes by Theo Walcott in the first half
8 - Passes by Theo Walcott in the second half
23 - Touches by Theo Walcott in 90 minutes
19 - Touches by Olivier Giroud in 32 minutes
2 - Aerial duels attempted by Theo Walcott
1 – Aerial duels attempted by Walcott in defense
0 - Aerial duels won by Walcott
62 – Passes completed in the final third by Cazorla, Wilshere, and Arteta combined
1 – Key passes by any of those three players (Wilshere)
5 – Successful dribbles by Jack Wilshere (of 10 attempted)
0 – Successful dribbles by Ox (of 4 attempted)
0 – Successful crosses by Ox (of 4 attempted)
1 – Successful cro…

Ah fuck it. Arsenal were dismal. They played at the same level as Southampton and I know we have two of their recruits but for fuck’s sake it looked like Southampton v. Southampton for a lot of that match and there’s really not much more to say.

Statistically.

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  1. 2- number of midfielders we need this week.

    1- striker we need this week

    1- winger we need this week

    4- best place we can hope for.

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      • Actually I’d prefer a left back who can seriously challenge Gibbs for the starting position.

        Gibbs’ defending has been suspect at times.

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      • Oh and another thing. We need more players like Cazorla and Arteta who aren’t scared shitless of using their weak foot. Way too many backpasses are the result of players being in a position where they can pass sideways with their less favoured foot but they will ALWAYS instead back pass with their preferred foot.

        This is especially troublesome down the left. Podolski and Gibbs always seem to do this. Force them onto their right foot and they’ll just backpass.

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    • We need players who move well off the ball, and players who run more directly at the opposition. Only Wilshere and Ox seemed to be doing this, and that’s when we looked the most dangerous.

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    • Its all the same what players we get in if there is no real fight and motivation within the team. This squad is good enough to beat the likes of Southampton, Norwich and Villa but they dont fight like a Top 4 club, or only do so occasionally. Van Persie after his teams win yesterday said
      “This is a special team. Everybody wants to help each other. Everybody’s keen for everyone to score. Defenders are working their socks off for the midfielders, the midfielders are working for the strikers. Everybody wants to run and everybody has one target in their mind.”
      If anybody does not think this is not an inadvertent dig at us they are mistaken

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    • mate, I couldn’t even savour the Newcastle win except for the customary temporary relief it provided. It seems like the team is always one good scoreline away to a dismal performance, never felt so down.

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    • I have lost count of the times an Arsenal man receives a ball with his back to the opponents goal even at the half line. It is like they don’t know where the ball is going to come, so they don’t make a run without the ball but wait for somebody to pas it to them and then make the run.
      Even for Saints’ first goal, Podolski received the ball about 40 yards out and then ran towards OUR goal dribbling from 3 Soton players and then ceding the possession looking for a back pass.
      No other top team plays like this. Their players rarely, if ever, receive passes with their backs to opponents’ goal. This keeps their passing slick and the tempo fast paced. I don;t know what AW is teaching at training these days but this is surely not how he wants us to play.

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      • You’ve nailed it nognir. Our running off the ball is appalling. When we do bother to make the run our passing is equally woefull.

        What was sagna doing last night? Is he playing for a move? Almost everything he did last night was garbage.

        The midfield 5 were hopeless last night.Walcott is not a striker.

        If you look back over the season to date, we have been mediocre in most games but have nicked a few lucky wins. Even against Newcastle, we were matched until the end. We are not going to get 4th with this squad ,playing this way, using these tactics. Lucky to be top half of the table.

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      • Agree with this whole heartedly. I just don’t understand how the movement goes from relatively good v Newcastle to horrible last night. Of course, Arsenal were a bit dismal for part of the game v Newcastle. Players just stand there waiting for the ball, there is absolutely no movement. Then there is the slow bobbling passes, or passes behind the player. How many times did we patiently work the ball back to szcz for a goal kick?

        I don’t really see how 2-3 new players would have altered that performance, that is the sad truth.

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  2. I wish we could see Rosicky AND Cazorla in midfield. I know it’s a bit risky but if you remember when they played together vs Bradford they had such a good relationship, almost telepathic. I want to see more of that.

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  3. Arsenal spent abot 97 millions(53m in 2011-12 and 44 in 2012-13) on 12 players. Instead Arsenal should have gone for 6 or 7 world class players.

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    • hindsight is such a wonderful thing – as is being able to make long-term plans that also work in the short term (you can’t spend it all in one go).

      i would also say it’s difficult to get truly world class for 13-4m each… in a market where Downing was 20m :)

      bargains such as cazorla are a rare breed.

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      • We spend that 97 million in 2 years. That is big investment in short term And I was mentioning we should buy world class players not the overrated ones(like Downing). I wouldn’t say Downing is worth 20 million or Carrol is worth 36 milion. Only Liverpool and Chelsea go for such players

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      • Rare breed? Michu for 2m, Reus had a clause of 17m and then moved out to BVB, Ba is now available for 7.5 and a future world class player in Isco is available for 15m. Who have we wasted the money on? Gerv about 8m, Podolski 11m, Santos 6m, Park 4m and so on. Turn a blind eye to all of it and live in the delusion that Wenger is the best talent spotter in the world. He chased Chamakh for two years and couldn’t figure out that he doesn’t have the basic technique to shoot a ball.

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  4. I blame players…players and only players for this lethargic show of empathy on the pitch. Those players were still basking in their previous glory and thought these relegation zoned team would just roll over. Pathetic underestimatation of the opponents . These players need to be whipped. I wish someone would refund my money and all the other fans who witnessed that display.

    Authority and responsibilty of captain was MISSING!!! TV5 is not captain material actually no one is at the moment.Everyone is almost captain but not the captain. FFS after 7-3 rout followed by this is CRIMINAL.

    Arsenal players should hang their head in shame. Absolute zero mental strength and zero ambition. Zero commitment and zero pedigree.

    RVP has every right(left,up,down) to say he is surrounded by champions. And these words wouldnt bother these arsenal players, why? they are so deeply rooted in their comfort zone, industrial heavy duty drilling machine is required to uproot these bunch of clowns from their zone.

    Wenger should hire some tough mental SOB psycho coach who can straighten their brain wiring.’ Switched Off’ how many fucking times do we need to relate that term with this team. Fear is a great motivator for anyone, and fear factor is missing in arsenal. Unless fear of losing place from first XI is not restored these clowns will keep on making fool of this great club.

    I hope wenger can bring some quality players to compete with these morons in Jan for their places in playing XI. And bring a good psychiatric doctor to check these retards who are so unbeleivably fickle and inconsistent.

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    • i agree. Robin was right to leave. His goal against WIgan was pure and atter quality.
      As much as I hate to say it, we have a team of mediocre players. He saw that. And he left. We can hate him. But today is a day when you feel his quality would have made a difference. Like its done for United again and again and again this season.

      From Henry to RVP and finally to Walcott. Jesus we truly have become a team he sets out to finish fourth

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  5. I’m so at loss to explain what the problem is with this team this season. Hot and cold does not even do them justice. There is no excuse for amassing ONE fucking shot on target at this level.
    I play kick about all age men’s level football and even our team manage more per game and were shit!
    I agree with the others that we need to see more rosicky and 0 gervinho. He is without a doubt the poorest excuse for an arsenal player I have ever seen.

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  6. To be fair none of our wingers looks like he deserves to be starting games. The only winger who looks ok wants to be a stricker and he will probably be off.

    Poldi looks lost in most games and rarely takes on a full back. He prefers to play a back pass all the time. Ox looks immature, not yet ready for the first team. If he plays in a cross or two then it’s game done for him. Gervinho is gervinho. Ramsey is ramsey.

    I don’t see the boss buying two wingers but probably playing rosicky and moving santi to one wing would help. But then how fit is TR? He’s made the bench a few times on his comeback but hasn’t come on when everyone thought it should have been him to come on.

    I’ve said it all season, if we fail to keep a clean sheet we don’t look like we can win a game (THE four high scoring games aside).
    We rarely conced more than one but we rarely look like we can score more than one ourselves. If only we could sort the front three

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  7. PSG signed 150 million sponsorship deal.’
    The owners of Chelsea, City, PSG etc will inject money into the club through such sponsorship deals fom their companies. So I don’t think Financial fair play will have an effect. So there is no point in saying Arsenal will be back to it’s best after the introduction of FFP

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  8. 4. Number of defenders who need to learn how to defend.
    1. Number of foreheads who should not be coming off the bench to get the ball, trip over his feet and roll around as though he got tackled when in reality not even one southampton player made a challenge.
    1. Number of Theodore P Walcott who should not be taking freekicks and corners. because honestly he is shite at them. We have technically more astute players for that. Play your centre forward role Theo. Dont try to be Henry because you are not good enough.
    5-10. Number of shots we should have had from distance at the southampton goal because their goalie looked as mobile as a boulder. Looked like he ate one too.

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  9. To be fair to you gooner, i don’t care what other teams do to beat the FFP and all that. They can do whatever they wan’t with their money and i wouldn’t care. At the end of the day they can only put out a starting 11 plus the subs.
    What pisses me off is us failing to do enough with our money. It doesn’t look like we are doing a financial fair play to our money either. Sell an important first teamer, buy a squad player at best to take his place. That doesn’t look fair to me.

    I am not saying we should buy players for the same money and salary as the PSGs of this world but we need to sort our team first. If we used our resources well and had as competitive a team as we could possibly have then i would join you to look at what other teams are doing with their money.
    As of now. Fuck FFP, we need a competitive team. And having people like chamakh, squid, arshavin earning what they earn without ever playing isn’t FFP to me.

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  10. That’s why I never get carried away after a huge win, the players are always there to that for me. One game they get a good result, the next game they think they are world beaters and just don’t show any determination or will to win. I would definitely take the will to win over any freakish 7-3 though I cheer over the top of my voice for any win, deserved or not. That’s why I concurred with blogs’ player evaluations of that Newcastle match, we won but the score line flattered the performance.

    And the stats just back up what I notice about Walcott, he has got one hell of a POOR (and that’s putting it lightly) work rate, so much that it drives me mad! I am sorry his admirers, I know he has been banging goals as of late and was only second to van Pussy( or is it van Cunt?) last season, but oh lawd, oh lawd! Theo never goes for a tackle, Theo never goes to mark for the ball, Theo is always waiting for somebody to nick the ball from the opponent so that he can just dash and score. I think that’s the main reason he wants to leave the wing and be in the middle where there’s less marking, but he fails to notice that when the going gets tough, Giroud always drops back to look, to hunt, to get the goddamn ball! Fuck! Say what you will about Ramsey, he might be flaky on the ball but he will give you the work rate.

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  11. 100 – Passes for Sir Chesny by somebody in an Arsenal shirt
    10 – Times we had a chance to break but our man with the ball (Arteta, Podolski, Sagna) decided to run horizontal rather than towards Soton goal
    Infinite – Times an Arsenal man was caught watching the ball/man rather than moving his arse
    0 – Pressing by Arsenal

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  12. our teams lack of class is the most worrying. Never seen an Arsenal team with so little in the way of class players or class team ethic. So few payers with that edge.

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  13. 0 -successful dribbles by the OX.

    Are you a one trick pony chamberlain?, are you?
    Cannot connect his passes, sometimes he just assumes someone is gonna be there to recieve his pass, predictable passes and many times intercepted. Improve lad, improve!

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    • Maybe, just maybe, somebody should make the effort to try and be there for his crosses. What would be the fucking point of teaching him to cross back from the goal line to the halfway circle where all our fucking players are when he gets up there with the ball?

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  14. It seems the very man who made this club such a great one is no longer buying players who are winners, and ALWAYS want to win.
    So painful to watch Arsenal these days. In fact there are days I deliberately don’t watch games because I want to keep my sanity for the rest of the day. This team has the habit of ruining my mood and my day just because I choose to support them.
    Simply unbelievable

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  15. Walcott’s okay.

    Arteta arrived from everton with so much promise of putting away all his free kicks. He hasn’t dispatched not a single one for us. Yet he did it for fun at everton.

    Walcott can take all the freekicks he wants, atleast he comes close. Podolski though should obviously take those ones from the left. I dont bother with setpieces anyway we score them once in a blue moon. Ah!

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    • It’s the fault of whoever lets Walcott take all the free kicks and corners. He should be in the line waiting to pounce on any rebounds, not blasting free kicks into row Z or hitting corners into the fist defender at a perfect height for clearing.

      If he wants to be a striker he should bloody well get into the area when we have a dead ball situation. I’m getting sick of that silly “Oooh” face he pulls after every free kick he misses with. Close is NOT when the ball flies five feet over the crossbar at high speed. Close is when the ball hits the crossbar and bounces back for the STRIKER to pounce on it and tap it home.

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  16. It wasn’t the result, it was the performance.

    All those sluggish sideways and backwards passes that led to nothing. There was no dynamism. There was no pace.

    Whatever happened to our fabled one-touch passing? Whatever happened to movement off the ball? We used to make accelerated runs into space. We used to cross balls better than this.

    And what the hell has happened to our back four? They’re terrified. They don’t clear balls – they swipe at them randomly like they’re posing for some giant ‘spot the ball’ competition that no one could possibly ever win.

    Forget ‘a lack of creativity going forward’. We have that, though we could always do with more. This is about handling situations when we’re pressed and having the confidence to deal with it.

    As for AW. I can’t see his logic in putting Ramsey and Gervinho on ahead of Rosicky. Not that Ramsey was terrible. But Gervinho was hilarious (literally).

    This probably isn’t going to be sorted out by January signings. (Unless we get Neymar or Falcao at £100m each, of course.) This is only going to be sorted by changing something else. Because this isn’t the first time this has happened this season. And unless something changes, it won’t be the last.

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    • Yep, we want to play like Barcelona but we don’t do any of the things Barcelona do.

      We do “I’ll just wait here until you can dribble into a position you can pass to me from”

      We do “Oh, a defender, I must turn around at start the ball back to Chesney”

      We do “What’s a back post”

      We do “Shouldn’t somebody be in the 18 yard area to get on the end of the crosses. I wonder who it should be?”

      We do “I’ll just take a stroll through here with the ball. Oh, where did he come from?”

      We do “Tackle?”

      We do “Who me lead? Shout at people? Why?”

      We do “We have a fast striker. Let’s bang balls anywhere up the pitch and let him run to get them”

      At the moment we do shit.

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  17. When you people gonna wake up arteta is rubbish he
    brings nothing to the team slowest midfielder ive ever seen.he slows everything down when we are at our best playing with pace …stats mean f all only stat that counts is ball in back of the net…..walcott has nothing betweem his ears just a blank look

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    • Anyone who watches football intelligently can see what Arteta brings to our team. He’s not the flashiest player and is completely unselfish, so his contributions go under the radar. One of the best passers in the world, and reads the game so well. He’s not big, but he makes good tackles and interceptions, too.

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  18. Arteta is definately not the problem but hes not perfect.

    I think we have 3 main problems.

    1 we move the ball on from player to player too slowly. The faster we move the ball the more dangerous we look.

    2 we play 451 with the ball but 442 without it

    3 we are struggling out wide, poldi and theo arent able to beat a man for skill. The ox is clearly a far better player on the left and gervinho is awful

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  19. I am starting to lose my love of watching football. There are Arsenal games where you realise after 20 minutes that it is going to be one of those games where you get a tightening in the chest through stress and frustration. It never really happened before this season, but sometimes during an Arsenal game this season I get on with something on the computer and let the game fade into the background, and just check the score every five of minutes as the stress and tension combined with the feeling of hopelessness is too much. We make so many mistakes nowadays. Every 90 seconds one or other of the players loses the ball or sends it back to Chesney, who kicks it up the pitch to the other team. And you know the worst of it? In those games I haven’t really missed any Arsenal goals.

    I think the stress comes from the fact that we’ve seen that Arteta, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud, Walcott, Wilshire, Ramsey, Sagna, Ox, Rosicky, and even Gervinho and Chamakh CAN be brilliant, but none of them ever do it for two games in a row, and sometimes none of them do it at all. Southampton was like that. So frustrating it hurt.

    I love Arsenal, but if they don’t improve soon I think they’re going to make me cark it.

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