Swansea 3-2 Arsenal: By the Numbers

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423 – Passes completed by Swansea in 90 minutes
337 – Passes completed by Arsenal in 90 minutes
247 – Passes completed by Swansea in the first half
177 – Passes completed by Swansea in the second half
139 – Passes completed by Arsenal in the first half1
233 – Number of completed passes Arsenal average in the first half of their Premier League
198 – Passes completed by Arsenal in the second half
153 – Passes completed by Arsenal in the second half v. Barcelona (16 Feb. 2011)
441 – Passes completed by Fulham in 90 minutes v. Arsenal
386 – Passes completed by Arsenal in 90 minutes v. Fulham
139 – Passes completed by QPR in the second half of the match against Arsenal on 31 Dec. 2011
71 – Passes completed by Leon Britton**
58 – Passes completed by Angel Rangel
56 – Passes completed by Joe Allen
47 – Passes completed by Ashley Williams
43 – Passes completed by Ignasi Miquel*
18 – Passes in the attacking third completed by Ignasi Miquel**
0 – Chances created off of those passes by Ignasi Miquel
22 – Passes completed by Thomas Rosicky in 27 minutes of play
19 – Passes completed by Yossi Benayoun in 63 minutes of play
6 – Successful tackles2 by Swansea in the first half (of 7 attempts)
5 – Successful tackles by Arsenal in the first half (of 9 attempts)
16 – Successful tackles by Swansea in the second half (of 19 attempts)
6 – Successful tackles by Arsenal in the second half (of 10 attempts)
5 – Successful tackles by Arsenal after Swansea scored their third goal
5 – Interceptions by Swansea in the first half
10 – Interceptions by Swansea in the second half
13 – Interceptions by Arsenal in the first half
15 – Interceptions by Arsenal in the second half
4 – Arsenal matches refereed by Michael Oliver
3 – Arsenal losses in matches refereed by Michael Oliver
5 – Swansea matches refereed by Michael Oliver
4 – Swansea wins in matches refereed by Michael Oliver
2 – Penalties awarded to Swansea in the 5 matches refereed by Michael Oliver
1 – Penalties awarded to Nathan Dyver for an obvious dive by Michael Oliver
7 – Penalties awarded so far this season by Mike Dean (leads all refs)
7 – Penalties awarded so far this season by Phil Dowd
6 – Penalties awarded so far this season by Michael Oliver
4 – Points dropped in the second half of Arsenal’s last two Premier League matches

*Leads his team
**Leads both teams

1.Worst passing performance in a half by Arsenal in 2011-2012 and could even be considered one of Arsenal’s worst passing performances in the Wenger era.
2.Tackles in this context mean defensive tackles ONLY

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mcmadkunter
mcmadkunter

not an excuse but a fact, we had no defense. Not having proper fullbacks completely disrupts our game, the wingers can’t concentrate on attacking and the midfielders have to pick up their slack, which is obviously frustrating for the likes of benny and ramsey, thus making it extremly hard to hold together any sort of shape or consistantsie throughout the ninety minutes. Also you can tell, song and ramsey are completely wrecked. I love song but recently he’s looked sluggish and tired, I can’t help but feel it would have been good to keep frim around. But at the end of it all we still lost 3-2 to a newly promoted team, we where shocking

Phaniman
Phaniman

I agree on the Song bit. He was fairly anonymous. This would have been a better game for Coq though, more mobility and a little quicker tackling and interception. We didnt need an out and out enforcer against a passing team.

Phaniman
Phaniman

What has the world come to.

Bobby Pires
Bobby Pires

To the point where Andy Carroll is worth 10x more than Robin van Persie.
Yay for optimism. Time to read the article…

Oh fuck. I forgot.

Scrick
Scrick

please buy me a can of dog food to cry in

Mooro
Mooro

Why dog food? Show some Pedigree, Chum. No reason to cry if this team gets it together. Do that and we might Winalot, Pal.

jim
jim

This shows how much we miss Cesc. Aaron Ramsey is nowhere near as good yet to play the central attacking role for a club of Arsenal’s stature.

Comedian
Comedian

If Arsene wants to buy players i say do it in this week itself. Then we can trash United and they wont be having any players to look out for after Arsenal have bought the targets we try so hard to scout for.

Arsenalkid700
Arsenalkid700

If we buy this week then the newbies would be on the bench. They need time. Of course though they would play off the bench against Man U

Frog
Frog

What?

Mooro
Mooro

Shedloads – fucked off Arsenal fans at the moment.

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

They have a reason to be. No? What makes it worse is to see the Spuds above us with half our annual wage bill, and trying to buy players to strengthen. While our manager blaming the ref and think our players were still good enough to compete.

Here one stat for you, RVP won us in his Own 17 points, if RVP got injured, we would have ONLY 19 points now.

Aaberg
Aaberg

Yeah but take away Andy carrol from lfc or Torres from chel$ki and…. Well they’d probably not move anywhere (except possible up..hahah)

Thomas
Thomas

Here’s one fact for you. This stat is irrelevant since RvP is not injured.

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

Here is a fact for you 7 year with no trophy,with high wages for shit players we can’t get rid of.

Einstein
Einstein

We don’t have the players anymore to play ‘the beautiful game’. Only Wilshere is capable of playing such passes in the whole squad atm. Its very obvious that he’ll be replacing Ramsey and not Arteta in the middle. And while we were panic buying on deadline day, we should have even bought Elia. At least he works hard for the team!

mcmadkunter
mcmadkunter

panic buying ??, at least we got artetta whos proved more than his worth, mert has done well, santos has chipped in goals and looked like he was gaining fitness and understanding of the english game defensively. Not to mention yossi who on the whole I’ve been very impressed with. Park is the only one who’s a bit iffy at the moment….. so 4/5, better than spending 50 million on torres or 30 on carol in my opinion

Einstein
Einstein

You’ve been impressed with Per? He’s 6′ 6″ and fucking Sessegnon beats him in the air. Arteta is the only player that can be considered a good buy. Santos can’t defend for tits. Gibbs was never good defensively either. Now we have two fullbacks who can’t do their primary job! And how does Ramsey start over Rosicky in current form I don’t understand. Developing a player for the future is important but if he’s going to cost you points you need to stop!

Ajax
Ajax

Sorry mcmadkunter, whilst I appreciate your optimism, I have to disagree on a couple of your points:

-Mertesacker has been shite. I like the guy and he seems to genuinely try, but he’s unbelievably slow, his technique is awful, his passing game is terrible, he falls over inexplicably, he can’t tackle, he can barely win a header… week in, week out he fails to impress. If you want to see an Arsenal standard centre back, look at Koscielny/Vermaelen who are both brilliant all-round footballers and twice the player that Mertesacker is.

-Benayoun has never been Arsenal quality, but he’s done a good enough job as a squad player. That said he should never be starting a game for us, he simply isn’t good enough, I’d much rather see the Ox in the AM role.

As for the rest:

-Arteta has been quality.

-Santos was starting to look fitter and faster which is excellent as he has more than enough skill to be competing in the EPL. I like the guy too, he has real passion and flair, I can’t wait for him to recover.

-Park has been a disaster, an absolute bloody disaster. He needs to be sold, loaned whatever, we just need to forget about this nobody and move on. We tried to get a striker on the cheap, instead of pinching Sessegnon from Sunderland for 12 million, we got this donkey. Congratulations Arsenal board, you’re a complete bunch of fuckwits.

BorisCro
BorisCro

Cesc come baaaaaack 🙁

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

For what? to play under a stubborn has been man, who turns us into a developments school for french kids, and who who thinks Squilliaci, Chamakh and Park*top top quaalitty players* and the market can’t over those quaaalitty any more so no signing.

Dan
Dan

Disagree with you Jim. I think this shows how much we missed Arteta. The guy’s been our passing machine this season and without him or Wilshere, we’re going to struggle.

While Ramsey has an engine that’s second to none, he really needs to work on his distribution and speed of distribution.You can’t fault his effort, but he just doen’t seem as quick at reading situations as Arteta or Wilshere are.

Nightmare.

Ajax
Ajax

Hopefully those attributes will come on in time, he’s obviously a very talented player.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

well looking on the bright side we’re the first team to score 2 at swansea this season

*runs away and hides*

ClvnGnr
ClvnGnr

Arteta was the man we missed. I think one of the primary reasons arsenal did so well before the Fulham and Swansea games was that Arteta brought balance to our midfield. He knows when to cover for song and when to make a run forward. Yesterday the midfield got dispossessed far too often, what the team needed was f

ClvnGnr
ClvnGnr

Arteta was the man we missed. I think one of the primary reasons arsenal did so well before the Fulham and Swansea games was that Arteta brought balance to our midfield. He knows when to cover for song and when to make a run forward. Yesterday the midfield got dispossessed far too often, what the team needed was for someone to the just hold the ball for a moment and slow down the damn game. Everyone seemed panicky which is something I have never seen in Arteta. Also the lack of proper fullbacks is really beginning to show. Although, there are really no excuses f

ClvnGnr
ClvnGnr

Arteta was the man we missed. I think one of the primary reasons arsenal did so well before the Fulham and Swansea games was that Arteta brought balance to our midfield. He knows when to cover for song and when to make a run forward. Yesterday the midfield got dispossessed far too often, what the team needed was for someone to the just hold the ball for a moment and slow down the damn game. Everyone seemed panicky which is something I have never seen in Arteta. Also the lack of proper fullbacks is really beginning to show. Although, there are really no excuses for what we saw yesterday. How many times have we seen United play with valencia and fletcher in defence, or with smailling at fullback? I am sure if the team showed half the intensity as Swansea, they would have left with a result.

Mooro
Mooro

Is your ‘Send’ button anywhere near your ‘f’ button by any chance?

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

i like the missing letters from his handle. “Calvinist Gooner” is his full name, I bet.

oyare
oyare

i will stop wasting money to watch arsenal matches until they return to winning way

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

that’s the spirit! with support like that we’re sure to spank the Glazerhawks on Sunday

mcmadkunter
mcmadkunter

I here man city are trying to shift some season tickets

JJ
JJ

[[comment removed: personal abuse]]

gunner16
gunner16

any chance we could get a stat on how many passes Walcott played backwards and sideways? he was awful.

Martin
Martin

Walcott is infuriating. I would like to see a stat showing how often possession changes hands after it is passed to him. Good move, Walcott gains possession, end of move.

dexterous
dexterous

Ramsey OUT, Rosicky in.

Spooner
Spooner

Managed to score some UTD tickets late, and was stoked to get them (it’s usually easy to buy tickets this season!).. I’d be lying if I said I’m not a little nervous about the possibility of us getting a spanking.

Let’s hope Theo will have one of his 1 in 10 good games, then that the Ox plays at the Sab Siro!

JJ
JJ

stoked? wtf.

Spooner
Spooner

OMG it’s yoof speak JJ WTF! FFS.. It means pleased, old timer (?) 😉

gutted
gutted

did you mean the San Siro?

Spooner
Spooner

Yep.. iPhone as you might guess

Glory hunter
Glory hunter

It’s over like Mike!
Which one, you ask?
Tyson, Jordan, Jackson! Pick one.

Aaberg
Aaberg

Jay-Z? Didn’t know he was an arsenal fan

Niall
Niall

Totay agree on the full backs. We rely on them do much and without them in the team we look way less dangerous.

Sagna is so important to us. Gibbs looks a prospect but is too injury prone.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

I wonder what Wenger will do to address these problems?

Rien!

Apparently we have a bunch of players coming back from injury. They are very close, apparently, and as we all know, in Arsenal-speak, “close” means 3-4 months, or just in time for pre-season.

It’s as if Wenger expects players like Gibbs, Sagna, and Wilshere to make an immediate impact after being out for so long. To my mind, those players will be hitting their stride just when it will be too late to make a difference.

Glory hunter
Glory hunter

Honestly Guys there’s no point fooling ourselves, we won’t make any big/significant signings in January!

I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it!

Voldermort
Voldermort

I know this Is way behind but you can’t reply on an I phone. But mooro the chum reply mate pure genius again.

Mooro
Mooro

Very kind. Ta.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

i thought it was a bit of a dog’s dinner, myself

Tocrat
Tocrat

Why do we hear so much about our players being tired? They are professional athletes, surely they should be fit enough to play two or even, in extreme situations three times a week? Never hear fergusmoan or twitchy complaining

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

apart from ferguson *constantly* moaning about absolutely fucking everything, and twitcher’s regular “down to the bare bones” whinge, that is

critic
critic

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-i-don-t-like-the-january-window

Statements in this article clearly mean that ‘some’ player’s mind is not in the game. This thing was evident in the game against swans. And there lies wenger’s problem. He has too much faith in his players. He thinks if he carries his players through injuries they’re gonna pay him back by giving their best years to the club.

Not in the modern day sir, not in this fuking modern day.

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

He doesn’t like the Jan window and the summer window WTF does he like? To see us humiliated by the fucking spuds? To see a cunt like Le cunt say we have no ambitious leave us for City then when he comes back he keeps hugging him and let him watch our game in a director box? Or Vieira tapping up our players while under contract then come to the club and being treated like a hero?

This man got red of all the football people in our club that will stand up to him, he only left Pat to make his tea and agree with him. He knows that Ivan know as much about football and have contact in Europe as my cat. And the owner Stan as long as Billy bean up his ass and his bank balance is growing he doesn’t give a fuck.

Would AW do the honorable thing and leave our club? No, because he cares about his 7 million a year wage, he will take the abuse we give him and stay for the sake of the money. However, if he leaves, would I trust the two idiot Ivan and Stan to know who to hire?

Tocrat
Tocrat

I am not talking about players who are injured. I am talking about those that are excused a poor performance because they are tired. It’s cobblers

Bobby Pires
Bobby Pires

I didn’t want to make myself depressed again, couldnt’t even get past the 1st stat.

frog
frog

2- number of players in an arsenal shirt actually hustling. koscielny and miquel. pathetic

Thorough

Great work Tim…as usual. Agree perfectly with Rosicky, he hold everytin together like a great playmaker whenever he comes on. But dont feel too good about Benayoun. Felt he passed less but read the game well and was intercepting things at will even before the Swans could finish thinking it. Hope its not asking for too much if I want to know how many of the interceptions were by Yossi?

TeeCee
TeeCee

He also had a couple of punts from range in the direction of the Swansea goal. Ok, both massive misses, but this serves two important purposes:
1) If you do that often enough, eventually one’ll go in.
2)If you do have a pop from range whenever the opportunity presents itself, rather than trying to hold the thing up ’til a pass becomes available, it prevents the opposition pressing so high up the pitch, as they cannot afford to allow you those opportunities. They also know that eventually one’ll go in.

One thing that I thought was very obvious was that Swansea were quite happy to press up. They knew that if they lost possession and it did get taken forward by one of out players, all he was likely to do was try to hang on ’til the rest of us got up there and give their defence plenty of time to get back into place in the process.

When playing against a team that likes to go forwards, we have to take every possible chance to at least threaten their goal on the break. Under normal circumstances they’d be risking getting rogered on the break by both wing/fullback pairs haring down the flanks at somewhere north of Warp 7, providing a wealth of pass options for whoever’s got the ball. However, we are stuffed on that one right now and need a bit of a strategic rethink. Running a “shoot on sight” policy might be one answer…..

neutral
neutral

? – number of games Arsenal will win between 15 Feb and 17 March (out of 6)

Witoldo
Witoldo

We play 7 games between those dates if we beat Aston Villa at the Grove in the next round of FA Cup.

Witoldo
Witoldo

But let’s concentrate on beating United the next time out. Our slump in form started with the tight 1-0 loss to Man City–before that, there was a ton of optimism among the fans and players.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

What’s in hot dogs?

AMURICAH
AMURICAH

you don’t wanna know…

ramgooner
ramgooner

ok this is possible but not realistic.

how awesome it would be if cesc comes to us on loan every year to help us win the premiership.just like henry cesc can do it.cesc is our boy and he would love to play here.im pretty sure when we need someone desperatley cesc would join us just like henry did.barcelona can play without cesc for 3 or 4 months.
this way cesc can spend half is career in london and the other hald at barca.
but fuck it neither wenger will do it or thos barca cunts will agree for the deal.

TSOTIA

For once, I didnt feel like reading ‘By the Numbers’… and with those figures, I wish I didn’t.

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