Monday, March 24, 2014
Arsenal 2-0 Stokehampton: By the Numbers

Arsenal 2-0 Stokehampton: By the Numbers

3 - Fouls Mark Clattenburg called on Victor Wanyama²
4 - Fouls Clattenburg called on Olivier Giroud¹
2 - Fouls Mark Clattenburg deemed that Wanyama suffered (second on his team)
1 - Shots by Wanyama
1 - Chances created for others by Wanyama
2 - Forward passes completed by Wanyama in the first half (of 7 attempted)
8 - Forward passes completed by Wanyama in the second half (of 12 attempted)
9 - “Tackles” Wanyama completed (of 9 attempted)¹
1 - Penalties Wanayama gave away but weren’t called
6 - Fouls Wanyama committed that weren’t called
0 - Fu*ks I gave that Wanyama actually got away with all that (out of 2 attempted fu*ks given)

1/13 - Successful dribble by an Arsenal player in the Southampton final third
4/17 - Successful dribbles by an Arsenal player in the middle third of the pitch
1/1 - Successful dribbles by an Arsenal player in the defensive third of the pitch
3/10 - Successful dribbles by a Southamton player in the Arsenal final third
3 - Number of those dribbles that happened on the right side
5/6 - Successful dribbles by a Southampton player in the middle third of the pitch
2/2 – Successful dribbles by a Southampton player in the defensive third of the pitch
9.1 - Arsenal’s average successful dribbles per game this season
8.1 - S’oton’s average successful dribbles per game this season

17 - Average number of aerial duels both Southampton and Arsenal have won per game this season
53 - Percent of aerial duels Arsenal are winning this season
50 - Percent of aerial duels Southampton are winning this season
28/32 - Aerial duels Arsenal won against Southampton today
4/32 - Aerial duels Southampton won against Arsenal
87.5 - Percent of aerial duels Arsenal won against Stokehampton
24 - Headed clearances Arsenal made against Stokehampton*
8 - Number of Southampton players who didn’t win a single aerial duel they contested (went at least 0/1)
0 - Number of aerial duels Rickie Lakembert won
5 - Number of aerial duels Giroud, Mertesacker, and Sagna won (1 lost, Giroud, yes 15/16 from those three)¹
4 - Number of headed clearances Giroud made
0 - Successful dribbles by Giroud (of 3)
5 - Ball recoveries by Giroud
1 - Successful tackles by Giroud (of 1 attempted)
1 - Ball recovery by Giroud in the box on Artur Boruc after Giroud’s successful tackle
1 - Shot on goal by Giroud after a ball recovery from a successful tackle in the box on Artur Boruc
1 - Shots on goal by Arsenal in the first half against Southampton
1 - Goal by Giroud after Arsenal’s only shot on goal in the first half taken by Giroud after a ball recovery from a successful tackle in the box on Artur Boruc
49 - Passes received by Giroud, which looked like the image below and along with his defensive work defined “being all over the place”

Giroud v. Southampton
493 - Passes Southampton attempted
478 - Passes Arsenal attempted
51 - Percent of possession Southampton controlled
78 - Attacking third passes Southampton completed
140 - Attacking third passes Arsenal completed
78 - Attacking third passes Arsenal completed in the second half
5 - Shots Arsenal attempted in the second half
3 - Shots on goal Arsenal managed in the second half
8 - Shots Arsenal took in the match
10 - Shots Southampton took in the match
7 - Shots Southampton took in the second half
2 - Really great saves Szczesny made to keep Arsenal in the match both in the first half
6 - Number of times this season that Arsenal’s opposition has taken as many or more shots (Premier League only)
13 - Number of times that happened last season (Premier League only)
9 - Percent of all shots the opposition converted to goals last season
11 - Shots per game Arsenal allowed last season
12 - Percent of all shots Arsenal converted last season
16 - Shots per game Arsenal took last season
7 - Percent of all shots the opposition are converting to goals this season
12 - Shots per game Arsenal are allowing this season
15 - Percent of all shots Arsenal are converting this season
14 - Shots per game Arsenal are taking this season

What this looks like graphically compared to the Invincibles:

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*Southampton bombed the ball in a lot and Arsenal dealt with it at an unusually high rate, especially the aerial duels.

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51 comments

  1. Bottom graphic is broken but could just be for me?

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  2. 2=IQ of Wanyanma

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  3. F**k you RVP!

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  4. Great win for us. Özil played very well today and its great to see Theo back in action.
    Also , did anyone think the Monreal was great playing as a winger? I did

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    • Fantastic win, and another great by the numbers, Thank you! Always look forward to these.

      Those aerial numbers are insane by the way, holy sweet Jesus. We have to re sign Sagna! Love the Giroud chart too.

      I would like to see more from Monreal, feel like his performances deserve a couple of starts, maybe give Gibbs a rest for the Hull match?

      Glad to see Walcott back in action, loved the few long balls attempted by Ozil towards Walcott and Giroud near the end of the game. I’m sure we will be seeing more of those to help finish off matches in the near future.

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      • Wasn’t meant to be a reply, but we touched on similar points about Ozil, Walcott and Monreal, so kind of fitting.

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  5. ’2 attempted f*cks given’ – made me chuckle :)

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  6. I don’t think it’s fair to brand Southampton as Stoke. They play much more attractive football than those c**** but I can see where you’re coming from. I thought Santi looked great today even though he’s still finding his form. Really pushed forward with intent. Can’t wait to see him at his best linking up with the others.

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  7. Why did Arteta go off? was he wait for it…….tired?

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    • He seem a bit off compare to last few years. Perhaps age is catching up on him ( Roisky and Arteta are the only two aging players at the team but they can still provide years of service) or he got overshadowed by others. May be it is just not his year. We all know performance can go up and down. He’s still doing a fine job anyway and we don’t yell ” he is crap, fire him” because of a small dip in performance”. Arteta and BFG are the two providing leadership to this team.

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  8. How many of those corners did we deal with effortlessly? And yet some dumb pundit will still say “arsenal look suspect on corners” or “arsenal’s zonal marking is blah blah blah..”

    Great win anyway let’s keep going! One step at a time. Injured players coming back, so excited!

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    • I know. It’s so annoying. We defend hundreds of crosses and set-pieces brilliantly, then when we eventually concede one everyone goes “Ah it’s the zonal marking”. What about all the times zonal marking worked perfectly!? What a load of shit!

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      • “The attacking players get a good run at it”. Every. Single. Time.

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      • I believe we have only conceded one goal from a set piece this season. If it wasn’t for that bloody zonal marking it could have been zero!

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        • Let’s face it. All systems concede goals. Its a matter of how many. Besides man marking relies on the man putting up a good 1VS1 performance and zonal marking relies on the player defending his area. Arsenal have good players. The players are in good form and they get used to the system.

          Therefore it works.

          At the beginning of the season, I still get nervous whenever I see high balss flying in. Now I just sit back.

          btw, that goal conceded was from BFG resting in his sick bed. Much higher chance of it clearing if he was around.

          When BFG joined the team, people do a summary on him. They looked at his stats and said he was not good at headers despite his height. I remember it because it was something odd. For at least half a season, it looked like the case and then he start clearing balls more frequently and he actually got a goald from header. He keeps doing better and better and now he is actually a major threat for scoring headers (both for Arsenal and German national team). Either BFG improves by time or teams in Germany just didn’t bomb Per with headers before so few knows his potentials.

          And then, after losing the greedy Dutch, we got Giroud who is good in headers. He was a massive boost to defense that he keeps coming back to help out.

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  9. Love that “Shot Assist”.

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  10. My arsenal sheets are clean,

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  11. Will be shouting at my tv in a few minutes because alan hansen is going to say some stupid reason why arsenal wont win the league.fuck you in advance hansen

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  12. Hansen is a fuckwit

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  13. Can’t wait to see the match in full tomorrow. Until then, I’m just reveling in another high quality win against high quality opposition. A lot of chips fell our way today with Lovren missing, Boruc deciding to get high just before kickoff, and Lallana playing with a knock from his international exploits. Still, I’m hearing Arteta played him as well as anyone so far this season though, so kudos to Mikel for that.

    Those numbers for aerial duels are unbelievable. I might even venture into “unheard of” territory on that one. Wow!

    The lack of incisiveness is a bit of a worry but I think when we score first we are happy to let the opposition have the ball, defend, and look to counter quickly. Our effectiveness with this strategy should increase with Theo back in the side, and he’ll also give Ozil a target for those mesmeric through balls he’s so good at delivering.

    The table sure has a pleasing look to it, and come tomorrow we can look forward to City, Spurs or both dropping points. I actually hope City don’t win because they are by far a more credible threat to our charge and figure to improve as the year passes and they consolidate into a more consistent unit that can win away from home. The game is being played at their place though so I’m not expecting much from Spurs in this one.

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  14. Ok I watched the whole match and I honestly felt Arsenal’s performance wasn’t as convincing as it should be. The passing wasn’t as silky as before, talents like Ozil and Ramsey were actually under-performing, and Cazorla was worse off.

    I have to admit Southampton kept firing in long balls and broke Arsenal’s passing tempo where Arsenal’s possession was at times 10% lower than that of Southampton. One thing that really deserved praise was Arsenal’s defence. Really solid, with Giroud coming in as back up. The best defence imo should not go to Southampton but Arsenal

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    • Few would doubt that Giroud + Back 4 did a better job than the other 5 in that game.

      In fact its been the case for a while. The midfield should have defeated Man U but that did not happen.

      Either they still need to work out how to best play tactically or teams start to cope with this need group of players after watching the first few games. They broke a few and lead the EPL so everyone try to find ways to stop them.

      Perhaps they are a bit tired. Ozil, Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere, Roisky(+ARteta) thats 5.5 players playing 4 positions. Not really enough for rotation. Walcott is back but we lost Arteta. Until Poldi+ Ox come back, its still a bit tight.

      Cazorla is clearly not working well this season although he still puts up brilliant perofmance for periods in every game he plays.

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  15. Sack Hansen and have Keown instead.

    He was awesome on 5 live today.

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  16. 2-0

    That’s all the statistics you need.

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  17. Isn’t it your policy to either say Fuck in full or not say at all, none of that asterisk crap?

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  18. “2/2 – Successful dribbles by a Southampton player in the defensive third of the pitch”

    Surely what boruc tried should be counted here

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    • Boruc was playing for the home team today…the home support (myself included) cheered every one of his touches on the ball

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    • I was coming to write the same thing – how is that not an attempted and failed dribble?

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  19. Giroud’s picture: What did you say Hansen? Bitch pleeeeease!

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  20. Is it me or has monreal looked impressive coming off the bench? Always the busiest player when he comes on and puts in a right old shift. I think some rotation is in order. We could rotate without the quality in our team deminishing. Now those are words that hasnt been spoken related to Arsenal for a long time. :D

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  21. 0 – Goals scored by Southampton
    1 – Assists by Southampton

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  22. 0 – Goals conceded by The Arsenal.
    “Something Nil to The Arsenal”, I’ll take that every time.

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  23. I for one think Wanyama is quite a player. I’d love to have him as DM.

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  24. Sammy Nelsons Arse

    Good result against a decent team. I get angered down the pub on a weekly basis by fans of other teams who think Per is a pile of shit and a liability ! I think the guy is the best CB in the premier League and has been over the last 8 months. I wonder if these clowns will be saying the same thing come May when he’s got a premier league medal wrapped round his neck ! Worse thing about these clowns is they are mostly Mugsmashers who decided that they could follow both Swansea and Liverpool when the Swans got promoted pathetic ! I’ve never understood a football fan That openly supports two clubs ! The weird thing is in this part of West Wales only the Mugsmashers have decided to adopt Swansea I wonder if they will still be onboard if Swansea go down. Some how I doubt it !

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  25. Sammy Nelsons Arse

    Good result against a decent team. I get angered down the pub on a weekly basis by fans of other teams who think Per is a pile of shit and a liability ! I think the guy is the best CB in the premier League and has been over the last 8 months. I wonder if these clowns will be saying the same thing come May when he’s got a premier league medal wrapped round his neck ! Worse thing about these clowns is they are mostly Mugsmashers who decided that they could follow both Swansea and Liverpool when the Swans got promoted pathetic ! I’ve never understood a football fan That openly supports two clubs ! The weird thing is in this part of West Wales only the Mugsmashers have decided to adopt Swansea I wonder if they will still be onboard if Swansea go down.

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  26. This season’s title race should be called, “The tortoise Verses the Hares.”

    We are plodding along nicely, winning the matches that we should do, albeit usually in unspectacular fashion. Meanwhile the two better sides than us, City and Chelsea, are often playing superior football, but both have a nasty habit of slipping up against weaker opposition, especially away from home.

    So the question is: will we win the League by continuing to grind out victories and relying on the dodgy results of the two sides in blue? Or will City and/or Chelsea put together a spectacular run later in the season and catch us?

    It’s going to be interesting.

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  27. Where did the Giroud goal celebration image come from, Arseblog? Only I’m in it.

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  28. I am getting way too much enjoyment from watching man city thrash sp*rs right now. 4-0 hahahahahah

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  29. 5-0 hehehehe + resorting to Adebayor.. Great weekend.

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  30. A couple more useful statistics.

    6-O. Goals conceded by Spuds today.

    4 Points gap over Chelsea and Liverpool.

    8 point gap over Spurs.

    2-2 draw …United against Cardiff (Late late goal)

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

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  31. Hahahahahahahaha, am laughing my ribs out.

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  32. How many offsides were there against Arsenal? It does worry me, especially now that Theo’s back.

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