Asunder Land 0-1 Arsenal: it’s all about the hustle (By the Numbers)

Asunder Land 0-1 Arsenal: it’s all about the hustle (By the Numbers)

49 - Arsenal clearances attempted in the entire 94 minutes (season high)
26 - Arsenal clearances successful in the entire 94 minutes (season high)
22 - Arsenal clearances attempted in the last 14 minutes (80th minute to 94th minute)
9 - Arsenal clearances successful in the last 14 minutes
49 - Percent of Arsenal’s clearances that happened in the last 14 minutes
44 - Percent of Arsenal’s successful clearances that Sagna made in the last 14 minutes
14 - Clearances Michael Williamson (Newcastle) wins on average per game in the Premier League this season¹
15 - Clearances attempted by Bacary Sagna in the entire 94 minutes²
11 - Clearances successful by Bacary Sagna in the entire 94 minutes²
6 - Clearances attempted by Bacary Sagna in the last 14 minutes
4 – Clearances successful by Bacary Sagna in the last 14 minutes
4 – Clearances attempted by Olivier Giroud in the last 14 minutes
0 – Clearances successful by Olivier Giroud today
5 – Clearances attempted by Titus Bramble today³
1 - Clearances successful by Titus Bramble today³

16 - Aerial duels attempted by Steven Fletcher²
7 - Aerial duels successful by Steven Fletcher² (tied with Olivier Giroud who attempted just 10)
43 - Percent of aerial duels Steven Fletcher wins on average this season
43 - Percent of aerial duels that Steven Fletcher won versus Arsenal today
6 - Aerial duels Bacary Sagna won today (of 10)
69 - Percent of aerial duels that Bacary Sagna has won on average this season (tops Arsenal defenders)
70 - Percent of aerial duels that Bacary Sagna won last season
3 - Aerial duels Per Mertesacker won (of 4)
66 - Percent of aerial duels that Per Mertesacker has won on average this season
8.5 - Inches difference in height between Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna

2.5 - Average number of fouls that Danny Rose draws per game in the Premier League this season¹
2.4 - Average number of fouls that Jack Wilshere draws per game in the Premier League this season
13 - Fouls Anthony Taylor called against Arsenal
6 - Fouls Anthony Taylor called against Sunderland
20 - Number of seconds between Anthony Taylor sending Carl Jenkinson off for a second yellow for a stupid, cynical tackle on Sessegnon and Anthony Taylor failing to produce a yellow card for Titus Bramble, stopping the Arsenal break, with a similar cynical challenge, which he even called a FOUL!
2 - Number of fouls Anthony Taylor called for Sunderland’s repeated kicking of Jack Wilshere today
1 - Number of fouls Anthony Taylor called on Lee Clattermole
3 - Number of fouls ref Anthony Taylor said that Arsenal committed on Lee Clattermole²
19 - Tackles that Arsenal attempted v. Sunderland
17 - Tackles that Arsenal won v. Sunderland (one miss by Ramsey and one by… Jenkinson!)
5 - Successful tackles by Aaron Ramsey (of 6 attempted)²
4 - Successful tackles by Nacho

Hustle board

605 - Passes attempted by Arsenal
515 - Passes completed by Arsenal
253 - Passes completed by Arsenal’s top three (Arteta 95², Cazorla 83, Ramsey 75)
257 - Passes completed by Sunderland, all of them
49 - Cazorla passes in the Sunderland final third²
54 - In case you didn’t want to do the math, that’s 54% of his passes that he attempted in the opposition scoring area
47 - Passes attempted by Jack Colback³
3 - Key passes by each of Wilshere and Giroud
1 - Key pass by Cazorla
1 - Turnover by Cazorla
2 - Tackles by Cazorla
2 - Interceptions by Cazorla
6 - Dribbles by Cazorla
1 - Goal by Cazorla

7am

All numbers today via Opta, ESPN, or my personal databases

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

48 COMMENTS

  1. A hatchet job someone described it as earlier, that was correct and the ref was apparently in on it. I hope that is the last I see of him

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      • Sorry phone is being a cunt…

        Somefuckwhathisname-Pulis (inbreeding I tell you) this was my favourite Arsenal performance in some time. Battling! I just wish theo and olivier were a little just a little more clinical and that santi would get his head over the ball more often. We would have scored a shitload! COYG

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  2. I would really like to see the stats on bookings for when we play these thuggish teams. Honestly, it feels like when they foul us, ref does nothing, when we give it back, bookings galore! So what? Are we just supposed to sit back and let ourselves get kicked until someones leg is broken buy some idiot who then ends up getting more sympathy than the one whose leg they broke? Ffs!

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    • In a way, it was good to see some payback being dished out by Carl on one of Sunderland thugs even though it resulted in a 2nd yellow. Shows that our guys are standing up against rugged opposition….

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      • It would not be appropriate in normal circumstances, but when faced with an FA and referees all too willing to kick Arsenal out of the top positions through sanctioned violence, I think we need to cause some horror injuries on teams like Stoke and Sunderland – an eye for an eye – to show our loyalty to the “English” game. Then tell tony pulis to “keep his opinions”.

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  3. Thanks again, just a suggestion but any chance of a little more brief analysis after some key and/or particularly telling numbers? I realise those sets generally speak for themselves and the purpose of this column is to illustrate how a match has played out ‘by the numbers’ but some further summaries and conclusions would I think add something.

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  4. Not to take anything away from Bacary, who was amazing today, but the Mertesacker – Sagna comparison isn’t really fair on Mertesacker since left wingers are usually a lot worse in the air than central strikers.

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  5. No matter what position sagna is put, you can bet he’ll put in a 100% warrior-esque shift and that’s what sometimes gets you all the three points. One bac.

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  6. 781 – The number of times i wish i could skullfuck anthony taylor in his eyesocket as i jam a firm turd into his other eye socket and every other dirty ref including all members of the FA and the Ref’s association for their utter ineptitude and obvious corruption. Bunch of thundercunts.

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  7. Like this…ramsey was good..its not often that we manage to defend 1-0 lead…more of same please, except the red card ofcourse.

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  8. This match shows the importance of Jack wilshere. As soon as he was substituted, Arsenal midfielders (mainly Diaby) started loosing pocession. Jenkinson was under lot of pressure in that 5-6 minutes before the red card tackle.

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  9. Good stuff. I like the hustleboard, but eyeballing it doesn’t let me draw any clear conclusions. I can’t really tell if there is a correlation between more duels in general and more wins. What can you make out from looking at it, Tim?

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      • Cheers, thanks. Every time you post it, I eyeball it trying to draw conclusions, trying to see if there is any indication that winning more aerial duels, or tackling more would quantifiably help us win. I look forward to your future post.

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  10. ashley williams plays for swansea. Who is michael williams? I have yet to see highlights but was schzeney that good? Hes been due a great game. Fair play

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  11. 19 – Tackles that Arsenal attempted v. Sunderland
    17 – Tackles that Arsenal won v. Sunderland (one miss by Ramsey and one by… Jenkinson!)

    I may be wrong here, and correct me if so, but Jenkinson received two yellow cards for two mistimed tackles. This would mean two misses by Jenkinson, surely?

    Not being pedantic, just trying to get my head around the stats and if they are correct as stated above I’d like to understand the difference.

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  12. ^^
    I wanted to write exactly the same thing. Both of his cards were given for almost identical challenges. So for me if the second was a missed tackle then so was the first one

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    • Looking at several different Opta data sources and then watching the highlights from Arsenal.com I can say this:

      1. They didn’t count either yellow card foul as a tackle.
      2. Jenkinson makes an attempt at a tackle on Adam Johnson at the 6:59. The tackle doesn’t dispossesses Johnson but he turns the ball over when he tries to continue his dribble. It’s an exceptionally rare instance where neither player successfully pulled off the skill but the ball went to the defensive team anyway.
      3. Thanks for asking. My assumption was that he was given a failed tackle for the foul on Sessegnon, but watching it again, you do have to wonder if he was really going for the ball.

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      • To put it another way, it’s hard to consider either of Jenkinson’s yellow-card fouls tackles because he is so late in both cases that he’s always playing the man and never the ball.

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  13. SAMKO, thanks for the response. Wasn’t asking because you’d missed anything or because something didn’t make sense, it’s just that sometimes I’m a bit slow on the take up so have to think for a bit about what the numbers are saying and occasionally still can’t fathom it even then. As I say, most are of course self-explanatory e.g. ’11 – cunts on the pitch’ would of course indicate without further explanation that we’re playing Stoke/Sp*rs/United etc., but every now and then a quick explanation after something that might not be too obvious would be handy.

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