Southampton 1-1 Arsenal: By the Numbers

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Alexis versus the volcano

Here is a pass map of all of Alexis Sanchez’ failed passes:

Counting the passes we have:

24 – Total bad passes
5 – Atrocious passes in Arsenal’s backfield
6 – Atrocious passes if we count the one to the right of the center circle which led to a S’ton (Southampton) fast break
8 – Atrocious passes if we count the two in the middle of the park passed backwards
11 – Atrocious passes if we count the three on the left side edge of the 18 yard box which were sideways
13 – The remainder of his missed passes which were seeking to unlock the S’ton gates
11 – The number of those 13 passes which were entry passes into the 18 yard box

Now, here are all of Ramsey, Ozil, and Lacazette’s bad passes combined:

18 – Total bad passes
2 – Bad passes by Lacazette
3 – Bad passes by Ramsey
16 – Bad passes by Ozil
2 – Atrocious passes in Arsenal’s backfield (1 each Ramsey and Ozil)
4 – Atrocious passes if we count the two by Ozil which happened in the exact same position as Alexis turned the ball over
6 – Atrocious passes if we count the weird Lacazette turnover in the 7th minute and Ozil’s in the 8th (both backward near the 18 yard box in the middle)
12 – The remainder of their missed passes which were seeking to unlock the S’ton gates
5 – The number of those passes which were entry passes into the 18 yard box

Now let’s look at their positives, first Ramsey, Ozil, and Lacazette:

150 – Total successful passes (150/168)
32 – Successful passes in their own half (32/34)
8 – Successful passes into the 18 yard box (8/17)
1 – Key pass by Lacazette

And Alexis:

46 – Total successful passes (46/64)
5 – Successful passes in his own half (5/10)
5 – Successful passes into the 18 yard box (5/17)
3 – Key passes by Alexis (led all players)
1 – Assist

20 – Total successful entry passes by Arsenal into the S’ton 18 yard box, 5 for Alexis (25%), 4 for Bellerin (20%), 3 for Ozil (15%), 3 for Lacazette (15%), 2 for Ramsey (10%), 1 for Wilshere, 1 for Xhaka, and 1 for Kolasinac (5% each).

8 – Total key passes by Arsenal today (3 for Alexis, 2 for Xhaka, and 1 each for Bellerin, Kolasinac, and Lacazette)
13.4 – Key Passes per game average by Arsenal this season
10 – Key passes per game average in away games by Arsenal this season (5th in the League, 2 per game below League leaders Man City who have 12 per game in away matches)
16.9 – Key passes per game average in home games by Arsenal this season (Leads the League, tied with Liverpool)

Other turnovers

0/1 – Dribbles by Alexis (weird, I thought he tried more dribbles than that)
1 – Offsides by Ozil
7 – Total turnovers by Alexis (3 dispossessed, 4 bad touch)
7 – Total turnovers by Ozil (3 dispossessed, 3 bad touch, 1 offside)
6 – Total turnovers by Lacazette (2 dispossessed, 4 bad touch)
5 – Total turnovers by Ramsey (1 dispossessed, 4 bad touch)
113 – Touches by Ozil (led all players)
86 – Touches by Alexis (6th of all players)
69 – Touches by Ramsey
35 – Touches by Lacazette
1 – Error credited to Mertesacker that led to the S’ton goal
11 – Errors by Arsenal’s defense in the Premier League so far this season (tied for the most in the League with Palace and S’ton)
5 – Errors leading to a goal by Arsenal (2nd most in the League)

2 – Tackles by Lacazette (2/2)
1 – Tackle by Alexis (1/4)
1 – Tackle by Ozil (1/1)
0 – Tackles by Ramsey (0/2)

0 – Chance that I’m trying to build some case that “Alexis was brilliant” or that your “eye test” was wrong. What I saw was a great defensive performance by S’ton which kept Arsenal at bay. I also see that Alexis was wasteful, was demanding the ball, and was a huge part of Arsenal’s creation, including the cross for the goal. His turnovers, Arsenal’s crazy setup in away games where we insist on playing with four forwards and one midfielder and where four players are allowed to play football without any defensive duties, combined with Mertesacker’s error made it quite a predictable outcome.

Expected goals: Southampton 1.59-0.61 Arsenal
Big Chances: 3-1
Shots: 6-11
Shots in the 18: 3-4
Premier League games in which Arsenal have conceded first: 7
Points Arsenal have won in those 7 games: 7
Wins Arsenal have managed when the opposition scores first: 2 (Everton 30 shots for Arsenal, Swansea 17 shots for Arsenal)
Average shots for Arsenal in the matches that they win when the opposition scores first: 23.5
Points that Arsenal have tens from losing positions: 10 (Leicester, Everton, Swansea, and Southampton)
Points Man City have tens from losing positions: 10 (tied with Arsenal for the most in the League)

Big chances Arsenal have conceded in each of the last two Premier League matches: 3
Shots Arsenal have conceded in each of the last two Premier League matches: 8, 6
Chance that teams know that they will get a big chances or three against Arsenal if they hit them on the counter attack: 100
Chance that Arsenal’s back three is neither the cause of nor solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes: 100

@7amkickoff

Sources: Whoscored.com, Squawka.com (errors information), my personal database

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