Arsenal 1-0 West Brom: By the Numbers


Goals from set plays

During the match today Stewart Robson said that Arsenal were better at scoring from set plays than they were last year and I thought “no they are not”. So I had a peek at the numbers and sure enough Arsenal have scored just 8 goals from set plays (not counting penalties) this season and just 4 goals off corners. Last season they scored 12 goals off set plays, 4 goals off corners. I suppose Arsenal could score another goal off a corner in our last game and Robson would be right in one small sliver of reality.

Including penalties (5), Arsenal scored a total of 17 set piece goals last season. Since these things are relative, Arsenal’s 4 goals from corners last year was 3rd from the bottom. And our 4 goals from corners this year is 6th from bottom. Meanwhile, Liverpool and Man City lead the League in set play goals with 33 and 25 respectively. Man U led the League in set play goals last season with 26. So, last season we were 65% of the league leaders (17/26) on set play goals and this season we are 36% (12/33).

Arsenal last scored off a corner against Sunderland in February. 54 corners ago. Arsenal scored 14 goals in the games since Sunderland and just 2 from set plays. 1.3 goals per game and possibly indicative of a need for more concentration on corners and crosses in practice?

However you slice it, Arsenal are absolutely not better at set pieces.

Since you’ll ask, Giroud scored 4 League goals off headers last season and this season.

Bacary Sagna, man of the match? gave Sagna the man of the match award for his performance today which is interesting because there is no sentiment in their analysis. It’s simply a matter of which player had the best stats.

93 – Sagna tied Özil for the most touches today with 93
6 – Sagna led all players with 6/10 aerial duels
63 – He was second in total passes
7 – He had seven clearances, 3 interceptions, and 1 tackle
2 – He created 2 shots for his teammates
1 – He was 1/4 on crosses

I don’t get it.

93 – Özil had as many touches as Sagna
69 – Özil led everyone in passes
48 – He was 41/48 in the West Brom final third, again leading all players. Podolski, Sagna, and Cazorla combined to complete 48 final 1/3 passes!
4 – Özil was 4/7 dribbles, 3 of his successful dribbles were in the West Brom final third and one was in the box (set up his shot)
4 – He created two shots for others, and took 2 shots himself
4 – Özil was 4/4 crosses 3 of which were corners
2 – Özil was 2/3 tackles – and I saw him sprinting back to cover for Sagna at least twice!
2 – He drew 2 fouls, one in a dangerous area for a free kick
1 – He had 2 turnovers, though, one which led to  shot

Box Score

Box Score

See you next week…



    • He was in Copenhagen today instead of waving farewell to the Arsenal fans at the Emirates. Says it all really, and yet you want him to receive a medal? He couldn’t care less about this club, and theres many other players who really do deserve a medal for there send off.

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  1. SO happy to hear “Laurent Koscielny/He wants his own song” after the match.The power of Arseblog. Thanks so much to blogs and all the excellent contributors. This is an amazing community.

    Two more wins, lads! Up the Arse!!!

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  2. Might want to bear in mind some other statistics :


    22 goals in all competitions
    16 goals in the PL

    Negredo is on 9 goals
    Aguero on 17

    Giroud has also banked a healthy assists rate.

    not bad for a limited striker who spends almost as much time on his hair as Arteta.

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    • And less you say Aguero and Negredo have been injured, well I say to you Wenger finally got something right. Giroud is unbreakable.

      Injury prone? Nah.

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        • plus Suarez can chew his way through the opposition. Even Arteta with his new improved tooth does not provide us this offensive capacity.

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        • why anyone is still talking about this racist punk is beyond me. the NBA showed how to deal with his type recently: lifetiime ban. Him and all these fans throwing bananas.

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    • Dzecko most of the season has been second choice cept when Serge has been out injured STILL has scored 24 goals this season from that compared to Giroud who has started 95% of our games this season – Arguero has played prob half the games that he has and has STILL scored one more league goal than Giroud

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    • Nice stat there! I would love to see a stat of chances missed in all competitions and conversion rates too plus chances created from nothing or by himself

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    • I also think Giroud is not appreciated for his work, but there’s no need to get carried away. Giroud averages a goal every 194 minutes. Negredo every 191 minutes, which is similar, but Aguero every 84 minutes XP

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  3. Thought the same when Robson said that. I mean are Robson or the fact checkers for NBC completely ignorant of a great information source known as the internet that would’ve allowed them to determine the actual facts rather than the misinformed crap coming from Robson’s shit spewing gob? We’re currently 14th in set piece goals and were 8th, 17th, 17th, and 8th the previous four seasons. Very poor to average in total number of set piece goals and given my impression that we probably generate more set pieces than most teams, overall poor in converting set piece goals. Part of the problem is that we have scored very few goals from direct shots from free kicks, none this season and two, both by Poldi, last season. 21.5% of total goals scored this season have been from set pieces but only 12% of our goal total is from set pieces. If we scored the same proportion of set piece goals as the rest of the league we’d have 8 more goals this season and wouldn’t that prove useful to our league position?

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    • I hoped that maybe he was unwilling to sign his contract until Arsene officially signed his. It was always likely he was moving on to something new though. I highly doubt it will be at another PL club though.

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  4. It kills me to see Sagna go — even more than Fabregas.

    This guy is Arsenal through and through. He deserves better 🙁

    Thank you, Bacary!

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    • Don’t know how to feel about Sagna….
      Fantastic servant to the club but my biggest concern are the rumors he is joining another prem club…. players that are ‘Arsenal through and through’ would never leave to go join a direct rival in the league. (Imagine Henry going to ManUre) Hope he does the decent thing and leaves these shores.

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  5. I watch games on Danish television, although I understand some Danish it is pretty easy to let it all roll over you.

    No commentators = better experience

    Also the Danes are not as stupid, heard them listing all the Arsenal players out injured this year, something most pundits choose to ignore.

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  6. how many times has that idiot Robson said that Arteta can’t defend seconds before Arteta takes the ball of someone? I’ve lost count.

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  7. Hmmmm… first game of the season at the emirates (of course), giroud scored , last game of the season at the emirates (again of course) giroud scored.

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  8. I believe Robson may have set a record today for most inaccuracies per minute. It was one dumb comment after another.

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  9. Haha last ever pic of Bac @ Emirates and the bloody cameraman couldn’t even get the thirds on horizontals.

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