Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace: By the Numbers

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134 – Passes Arsenal completed in the first 15 minutes of play
102 – Passes Arsenal completed in the last 15 minutes of play
123 – Passes Crystal Palace completed in the entire match (of 208 attempted)
100 – Passes completed by Mikel Arteta, led all players
92 – Passes completed by Aaron Ramsey, second among all players
20 – Passes completed by Marouane Chamakh, led Crystal Palace
32 – Passes completed by Santi Cazorla in the Crystal Palace final third, led all players
30 – Passes completed by Aaron Ramsey in the Crystal Palace final third, second among all players
5 – Key passes by Alexis, led all players
3 – Key passes by Crystal Palace
4 – Total shots by Crystal Palace
14 – Total shots by Arsenal
13.8 – Shots per game Arsenal averaged last season
0 – Points Arsenal took from the opening match last season
3 – Points better off Arsenal already are this year over last
3 – Goal difference better off Arsenal already are this year over last (-2 v. +1)
20 – Crosses per game Arsenal averaged last season
34 – Crosses Arsenal attempted today
5 – Crosses Arsenal connected on today
0 – Crosses Alexis connected with today (out of 10 attempted)
3 – Crosses Cazorla connected with today (out of 10 attempted)
9 – Crosses Crystal Palace attempted (2 connected)
25 – Passes Crystal Palace completed in the Arsenal final third
19 – Fouls called on Crystal Palace
10.6 – Average number of times Arsenal were fouled per game last season
11 – Fouls by Chamakh, led all players
10 – Fouls Chamakh committed before he received a yellow card
5 – Fouls Chamakh committed in the Arsenal half (the other 6 were all in his half)
6 – Number of times Jack Wilshere was fouled, led all players, leads all players in the Premier League at being fouled so far
5 – Successful dribbles by Cazorla (of 8 attempted), led all players, leads all players in the Premier League
3 – Successful dribbles by Alexis (of 10 attempted)
9 – Successful tackles by Mile Jedinak, leads all players in all the top leagues in tackles per game…
4 – Number of consecutive matches in League, FA Cup, and Community Shield play in which Aaron Ramsey has scored a goal (yes, I’m leaving out the Emirates Cup, those aren’t real matches!)
2 – Number of those 4 goals which were outright winners (Crystal Palace, Hull City)
1 – Number of home teams who won today (out of 7)
0 – Moments of doubt I had that Arsenal would win.

Who was the better defender, Chamakh or Debuchy?

5 – Tackles by Chamakh (of 7 attempted), second on his team
5 – Tackles by Debuchy (of 7 attempted), led Arsenal
8 – Ball recoveries by Chamakh, third on his team
7 – Ball recoveries by Debuchy, 4th on his team
5 – Clearances by Chamakh
9 – Clearances by Debuchy, led Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey Man of the Match
4 – Shots, led all players
106 – Passes attempted, led all players (completed 92, 2nd among all players)
40 – Attacking third passes attempted, led all players (completed 30, 2nd among all players)
6 – Dribbles attempted, but just 1 completed
4 – Tackles (of 4 attempted), tied with Arteta for 2nd most on the team
10 – Ball recoveries, led all players
1 – Game winning goal

Alexis Debut
101 – Touches (of the football, you pervert)
46 – Passes completed (of 58)
22 – Passes in the final third
5 – Key passes, led the team, I said that already
3 – Dribbles (of 10) I said that too
3 – Tackles (of 4) all in the defensive half
5 – Fouls, led Arsenal
3 – Number of times he was fouled, 2nd on Arsenal
3 – Shots
1 – Shot on goal
1 – Assist

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