11 – Goals + assists by Lucas Perez for Arsenal this season (all competitions)
15 – Starts by Lucas Perez for Arsenal
5 – Career hat tricks for Arsenal by Theo Walcott
11 – Career hat tricks for Arsenal by Ian Wright
3 – Career hat tricks for Arsenal by Robin van Persie
9 – Career hat tricks for Arsenal by Thierry Henry
9 – Players who have more hat tricks for Arsenal than Theo Walcott. Can you name them?
99 – Career goals for Arsenal by Theo Walcott
17 – Number of players who have scored 100+ goals for Arsenal. Can you name them?
365 – Appearances Theo Walcott has made for Arsenal and when he scores his 100th goal it will be the latest any player has ever scored a hundo for Arsenal (the previous most was Joe Hulme who scored his 100th goal in his 307th appearance)
14 – Number of goals Walcott has scored this season, the most he’s scored since 2012/13 when he scored 21 goals
23 – Percent of his shots that Walcott is scoring this season
12 – Percent of his shots that Walcott scored last season
17 – Goals for Arsenal by Alexis this season
12 – Assists for Arsenal by Alexis this season
Sometimes great finishing can cover up a poor performance and sometimes poor finishing can kill a great performance, Arsenal have been both beneficiary and victims of both. But against Southampton, Arsenal started strong, finished their chances, and killed the game off before adding insult to injury.
According to the pass dominance chart, Arsenal dominated the first 40 minutes of the match leading the passing stats 254 to 153, including 6 key passes and a cracking 4 through balls. Three of those through balls were from Perez and the last was from Oxlade-Chamberlain which was an assist for Welbeck’s second goal.
After the 40th minute there was an incredible 5 minutes or so where Arsenal allowed Southampton to pass the ball around and conceded possession 13-77 (passes). Southampton created nothing in this time.
After that, Arsenal were happy to concede the ball but still probed looking for chances. Arsenal had three more through balls, two from Ox and one from Lucas, all three were long balls. Arsenal also created 5 key passes in this time, two from late sub Alexis
So, while Arsenal were only dominant in terms of passing in the first 40 minutes, they kept looking for goals throughout.
The shot chart shows that Arsenal scored 5 goals but only finished the match with 1.5 “expected” goals. Arsenal only managed 7 shots on goal but scored 5 goals off those 7 shots.
This follows the trend this season for Arsenal who are finishing almost 4% better than they did last season in all competitions. Taking their chances is really paying off.
Some of the standout players today:
8 – Tackles by Maitland-Niles (led all players, won possession 6 times)
5 – Times Maitland-Niles lost possession (led Arsenal tied with Walcott)
4 – Number of those lost possession which were just poor touch (this is especially bad for a CDM, Xhaka averages 0.6 poor touches per game)
103 – Maitland-Niles led all players with 103 touches (yes, it’s still a lot of turnovers, Xhaka had 88 touches and 0 bad touches against Swansea)
5 – Maitland-Niles led Arsenal with 5 blocks (combination of blocked shots, crosses, and passes)
3 – Maitland-Niles led all players with 3 interceptions (tied with Hojbjerg, Sims, and McQueen)
6 – Reine-Adelaide led all players with 6 successful dribbles (of 7 – Southampton’s Sims attempted 7 but only successfully dribbled 5 times)
3 – Oxlade-Chamberlain led all players with three key passes
3 – Oxlade-Chamberlain was second on Arsenal with three through balls
4 – Lucas led all players with 4 through balls
0 – Southampton had zero through balls
4 – Alexis had 4 unsuccessful touches
2 – Alexis was also dispossessed 2 times
2 – Alexis also had two assists
90 – Maitland-Niles, Reine-Adelaide, and Oxlade-Chamberlain combined for 90% pass completion
3 – Arsenal became the first team in world football to start three center-mids with three hyphenated last names
Sources: WhoScored.com, ESPN.com