West Ham 1-3 Arsenal; back to the top by the numbers

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29 – Arsenal out shot West Ham 29-12
12 – West Ham blocked 12 Arsenal shots
8 – Cazorla took 8 of Arsenal’s shots¹
4 – of Cazorla’s shots were from outside the 18 yard box
4 – of Cazorla’s shots were blocked
0 – of Cazorla’s shots were in the most dangerous area (6 yard box plus area in front of the penalty spot)
6 – Cazorla was second in key passes (6, 1 was an assist) and was also second overall in passes (67/97) and first in passes in the opposition final third (44/53): this was last season’s MVP, remember?
8 – Özil created 8 shots for others¹
1 – Giroud created 1 shot, an assist, for Podolski
5 – Walcott took 5 of Arsenal’s shots
1 – of Walcott’s shots were from outside the 18 yard box
2 – of Walcott’s shots were from inside the 18 yard box (1 goal)
2 – of Walcott’s shots were in the most dangerous area (1 goal)
4 – Walcott now has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 matches for Arsenal
17 – Walcott’s 23 shots total in League play and four goals means that he is converting at a 17% rate
23 – Luis Suarez is scoring at a 23% rate, though Suarez has just 1 goal against a top five side this season, whereas Walcott has 2
43 – Not to be outdone, Podolski’s 3 goals on a mere 7 shots for Arsenal means he’s converting at a 43% rate*
16 – Arsenal out tackled West Ham 16-8
8 – Arsenal made 8/9 tackles in the second half, West Ham was 5/8
27 – Arsenal won more aerial duels than West Ham 27-7
30 – Arsenal made 30 headed clearances
10 – Arsenal took more corners than West Ham 10-0
7 – Arsenal connected on 7 of their 10 corners
30 – Nearly Perfect Mertesacker made 30 passes
2 – Nearly Perfect Mertesacker made 2/2 tackles
5 – Nearly Perfect Mertesacker made 5/5 aerial duels
5 – He made five headed clearances as well
0 – Zero fouls
2 – Two shots

4 – In each of the last four seasons, the team leading the League on Boxing Day won the League (Man U, City, Man U, Chelsea)
1 – Liverpool had a 1 point advantage on Boxing Day in 2008-2009 and Man U went on to win the League
4 – In the four seasons prior to that, the team leading the League on Boxing Day won the League (United, United, Chelsea, Chelsea)
7 – In the seven seasons before that (1997-2004), the team leading the League on Boxing day only went on to win the League ONCE (Man U 2000-2001)
1 – Arsenal are +1 at the top of the table on Boxing Day. In each of the previous 8 seasons, Arsenal have been the following behind the leaders on Boxing Day:
-16 – 2012-2013
-13 – 2011-2012
-5 – 2010-2011
-7 – 2009-2010
-10 – 2008-2009
-1 – 2007-2008
-14 – 2006-2007
-20 – 2005-2006

3 – Arsenal last overcame the opposition scoring first (in League and Champions League play) in the 3-1 win over Norwich in April
90 – Lukas Podolski was a sub in that match as well, scoring the winner in the 90th minute
4 – In League and Champions League play, Arsenal have fallen behind 6 times and their record is now 1-1-4

Rejoice, ye Gooners!

7am

¹Led all players today
²Led his team
³Leads the League
*Small sample size warning:

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