Wigan 1-1 Arsenal (2-4 AET): Arsenal through to the final By the Numbers


Defensive Errors Have Hurt

34 – Number of defensive errors Arsenal have made in League play this season, this is tied with Liverpool for the worst in the League
10 – Number of those Arsenal errors which have led to a goal this season, this is third worst in the League, 8 behind leaders Tottenham who have conceded 18 goals on 27 errors!
1 – Arsenal only allowed 1 goal on 6 defensive errors in the Champions League this season
39 – Number of defensive errors Arsenal conceded in League play last season, this was tied for the worst with Newcastle
14 – Number of goals Arsenal conceded off errors last year, this was second worst behind… WIGAN!
6 – Number of penalties Arsenal have conceded in League play this season

Penalty Shootout Record

0 – Penalty shootouts Piers Morgan publicly remembered Arsenal winning since 2005
0 – Penalty shootouts Arsenal fans on twitter seemed to remember Arsenal winning ever (“All I know is that Arsenal are terrible at penalty shootouts!”)
2 –  Penalty shootouts that Arsenal have won so far this season
4 – Teams Arsenal have beaten in penalty shootouts since Piers Morgan last remembers Arsenal beating anyone in a penalty shootout (Wigan, WBA, Roma, Doncaster Rovers)
1 – Teams Arsenal have lost to in penalty shootouts since Piers Morgan’s failing memory started letting him down (Bradford)
2 – Penalty shootouts Arsenal won in their FA Cup run in 2005
1 – Penalty shootouts Arsenal won against Sheffield United in 2005 when the match ended 0-0
1 – Matches Arsenal played against Sheffield United on what looked like a freshly tilled cow patch in which Phil Jagielka had to don the keeper’s gloves
2 – Great penalty saves by Fabuhandski to lift Arsenal and seal the victory today

It’s me, or that Wembley Monkey, Arsenal!

15 – Years, YEARS, since Arsenal last won at Wembley
4 – Total matches that “hoo doo” encompassed in the last 15 years
0 – Chance any of these Arsenal players were affected by the 2-4 loss to Barcelona in 1999
1 – Monkey Arsenal have shocked

Box Score plus how do we measure a good performance?

Wigan v. Arsenal


My reading of these numbers is that Arsenal totally dominated Wigan. Arsene said that he was going to get Arsenal back to basics by which he explicitly stated “defend as a unit, attack as a unit.” What I see here is that Arsenal did exactly that: they took three times as many shots as Wigan; got three times as many shots on goal; dominated possession; created shots for each other as a unit; were more direct than many credit (the Pass/Key pass numbers mean that Arsenal took almost half as many passes as Wigan in order to get a teammate a shot); dribbled at a decent rate; and forced Wigan to make almost twice as many clearances. On defense the story is very similar: not only did Arsenal beat Wigan in tackles attempted but when you consider the fact that Wigan had so little of the ball, Arsenal’s tackle numbers are actually almost twice as high a rate (Opp.pass/tackle means how many passes the opposition made per tackle that Arsenal attempted);  similarly with interceptions.

That said, the grumble is legitimate that Arsenal probably should have scored more. Incredibly, Sanogo had 10 shots today (5 on goal) and created 3 shots for his teammates. To give you some context, Giroud has had 11 shots in his last 4 games for Arsenal. So, 10 shots is a lot of shots! With Sanogo getting 10 shots and not scoring for Arsenal, along with Arsenal creating 27 chances and getting just one goal, I get the frustration.

But the flip side is why, then, wouldn’t those same people give Fabuhandski man of the match? Ox had a statistically outstanding performance: he took 5 shots, had 5 key passes, hit the woodwork, led everyone with 4 dribbles, was fouled 3 times, got the assist which got us back into the game, only had 2 turnovers and was dispossessed just once, and even made one tackle and one interception.

But it was Fabuhandski’s two saves at the end which won that game.

Isn’t football a funny old game?


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