Arsenal 2-0 BHA: by the numbers

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2.93 – Expected goals for Arsenal
3 – Big chances created by Arsenal
1 – Big chance created by Alexis (backheel, goal, for Iwobi)
1 – Big chance created by Iwobi (foe Alexis, miss)
1 – Big chance created by Kolasinac (for Ramsey, saved)
25 – Shots by Arsenal
18 – Key passes by Arsenal
13.4 – Key passes per game average by Arsenal (4th best in the Premier League)
1660 – Days since Nacho Monreal last scored in the Premier League (away to Swansea, 16 March 2013)
1 – Intrepid reporter who was at the Swansea game and happened to be filming

105 – Passes attempted by Monreal (led all players)
102 – Successful passes by Monreal (led all players, 97% passing)
268 – Successful passes by all of Brighton and Hove Albion
3 – Bad passes by Monreal (of 105)
4 – Bad passes by Lacazette (of 19)
4 – Bad passes by Iwobi (of 42)
4 – Bad passes by Kolasinac (of 38)
5 – Bad passes by Mustafi (of 92)
10 – Bad passes by Bellerin (of 47)
10 – Bad passes by Ramsey (of 75)
11 – Bad passes by Holding (of 99)
12 – Bad passes by Alexis (of 51)
14 – Bad passes by Xhaka (of 94)
69 – Forward passes by Monreal
80 – Forward passes by Mustafi (this is really great considering he only fluffed 5 of them – also notice that 80/92 passes were forward while 69 of Monreal’s 105 passes were forward – if you needed evidence that Mustafi’s job in the back three is to start the Arsenal attack, you just got it.)
6 – Key passes by Alexis (which includes 1 big chance)
3 – Key passes by Kolasinac (which includes that big chance)
2 – Key passes by Iwobi (which includes a big chance)
2 – Key passes by Monreal
1 – Key pass by Xhaka
2 – Successful tackles by Xhaka, Kola, Ramsey, Sanchez, Mustafi, and Bellerin
7 – Times Alexis lost possession (led all players)
6 – Times Ramsey lost possession
5 – Times that Iwobi and Lacazette lost possession (each)
4 – Successful dribbles by Alexis (of 5, led all players)

0.55 – Expected goals by BHA
1 – Shot on target by BHA (from 20 yards)
0 – Big chances created
128 – Passes in the Arsenal final third
10 – Passes in the Arsenal box
26 – Arsenal passes in the BHA box
18 – Crosses attempted by BHA (9 on each side)
12 – Crosses attempted by Arsenal (11 on the Bellerin side, 1 on the Kolasinac side)
5 – Number of those crosses attempted by Arsenal on the Bellerin side which were Xhaka corner kicks
3 – Number of his crosses that were accurate (well, they hit an Arsenal player)

5 – Accurate long balls by Alexis (of 6 attempted, led all players)
1 – Accurate throughball by Alexis (led all players)
17 – Number of time Shkodran Mustafi yelled “GUYS COME ON GUYS” when Arsenal were doing the handbrake thing that they love to do!

Alexis was the MoTM for me today, his dribbles, chances created, and big chance backheel set him apart from all the others but special mention to Monreal who had a whale of a game from the center back position. Someone needs to have a word with Xhaka. We can’t have a CM who can’t tackle, doesn’t really play defense, and is sloppy with the ball.

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Sources: Whoscored.com, my personal database

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