Arsenal 1-0 West Brom: By The Numbers

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Final 15

12 – Arsenal lead the League in goals scored in the final 15 minutes of games, with 12*
4 – Number of those last minute goals which have been scored in the 6 yard box (leads the League, tied with Swansea)
5 – Number of those goals which have been scored by Alexis Sanchez (leads the League, Benteke, Costa, and Llorente are second with 4 each. Giroud has 3.)
10 – Number of shots Alexis has taken in the final 15 minutes of games (10th most in the League and yes, that means he’s scoring 50% of his shots in the final 15 minutes of games)
3 – Number of those final 15 minute goals which have been assisted by Özil (leads the League, tied with Kevin de Bruyne)
11 – Özil leads the League in Key Passes in the final 15 with 11
15 – Arsenal are 4th in the League in saves in the final 15 minutes of games with 15
63 – Arsenal are 4th in the League in shots in the final 15 (Liverpool, Tottenham, and Southampton all have more shots and have a game in hand)
6 – Arsenal have only attempted 6 shots in the opposition 6 yard box in the final 15 of games, they have scored 4
54 – West Brom lead the League in turnovers due to poor touch in the final 15 minutes of games (tied with Man U)
68 – Arsenal lead the League in interceptions in the final 15 with 68
30 – Tottenham are dead last in interceptions in the final 15 with 30
35 – Liverpool are second bottom in interceptions
63 – Man U are the most fouling team in the final 15 minutes of games
19 – Man U are also the most carded team in the final 15 minutes of games
5 – Jonny Evans leads the League in yellow cards in the final 15 minutes with 5 but both Rooney and Fellaini are 2nd with 4 each
106 – Arsenal have attempted the 4th most tackles in the League in the final 15 minutes
73 – Arsenal have won the second most number of tackles in the League in the final 15 (Swansea have attempted the most and won the most)
12 – Firmino has the most failed dribbles in the final 15 minutes of games with 12. He’s also an appalling 4/16

*This set of stats needs the game-state data to go along with it but I don’t have that data. I do know that Arsenal have scored first in 13 matches, allowed the opposition to score first 3 times, and have been held scoreless twice. In the three matches where the opposition scored first, Arsenal won 2 and drew 1. Meaning that Arsenal have come from behind in every match that they went down first in. But it does look like Tottenham and Liverpool fade hard in games and that Arsenal tend to apply a lot more pressure at the end of games. It also looks like Mourinho’s Man U turn into a bunch of goblins in the final 15 minutes running around kicking people, either to try to win or to stop from losing.

Game Stats

7 – Chances created by Mesut Özil (most of the season, he is averaging 2.6 key passes per game this season)
3 – Chances created by Kieran Gibbs
74 – Attacking third passes by Mesut Ozil today
62 – Number of passes Özil is averaging per game this season (on all areas of the pitch, 2nd most behind Cazorla)
142 – Passes by Granit Xhaka today (led all players)
43 – Passes attempted by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, which led West Brom and was 11 more attempted passes than Darren Fletcher, 2nd on the team
15 – Completed passes by Ben Foster, though that counts all those little nodded on headers that Arsenal claimed which explains why…
58 – Arsenal had 58 ball recoveries compared to West Brom’s 47 and why…
16 – Koscielny led all players with 16 ball recoveries
16 – Arsenal won more tackles than West Brom (13) which I just throw out there because I love when we have 60% of the possession and also win more tackles
5 – Coquelin won 5/7 tackles
4 – Koscielny won 4/4 tackles
5 – Koscielny also led Arsenal with 5 interceptions (Yacob Smirnob led all players with 6)
5 – Koscielny also led Arsenal with 5 clearances
5 – Bellerin won 5/6 dribbles (Bellerin is 2nd on the team with 1.8 successful dribbles per game, the same as Alex Ox-Cham)
9 – Alexis took 9 shots (season high, he averages 3.2 shots per game
4 – He got 4 shots on target
5.1 – Arsenal average 5.1 shots on target per game

Pass and Shots Quality

pass-quality

As you can see, Arsenal dominated the passing in this match. More than just the total number of passes, Arsenal showed steady growth in their dominance throughout this match and really had few fallow periods where they weren’t probing, trying to unlock West Brom’s defense. Arsenal had at least one key pass or one through ball in 14 of the 18 periods I measure.

To their credit, West Brom did manage to keep Arsenal tight in terms of shot quality in the first half. The shots quality graph below shows that despite West Brom only taking two shots in the first half, they generated about the same number of “expected” goals as Arsenal because both of their shots were in the six yard box while Arsenal were relegated to speculative shots from distance.

Arsenal eventually started to pressure West Brom and got a much deserved goal for their effort. Even if the goal was a crazy looping header.

shots-chart

In the end, West Brom nearly did enough to score a goal. They only took three shots in this match but all of them were in the six yard box. More scary, Yacob Smirnob had a huge chance (counted as a Big Chance) to score from feet away but blasted the ball over the net.

Ironically, if they hadn’t spent the entire match time-wasting and showed a little more self-belief, West Brom’s set play superiority and ability to get away with standing on top of Petr Cech might have earned them a goal and a point in this match.

@7amkickoff

Sources: Whoscored.com, My personal database, and my own shot charts

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