Everton 0-1 Arsenal: By the Numbers

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A Tale of Two Halves

14 – Arsenal shots at full time
7 – Everton shots at full time
9 – Arsenal shots in the first half
1 – Everton shots in the first half
8 – Arsenal shots in the first 19 minutes
3 – Number of Arsenal’s first half Arsenal shots by Aaron Ramsey*
2 – Number of Arsenal’s 5 second half shots by Aaron Ramsey*
1 – Number of Aaron Ramsey’s shots on target

140/157 – Arsenal passing in the first 19 minutes (89%)
297/343 – Arsenal passing in the first half (87%)
132/192 – Arsenal passing in the second half (69%)
+8 – Difference in completed passes Arsenal made in the first 19 minutes over the entire second half
104/140 – Everton passing in the first half (74%)
126/179 – Everton passing in the second half (70%)
160 – Passes in the Attacking Third that Arsenal attempted in the game
61 – Passes in the Attacking Third that Arsenal attempted in the second half
145 – Passes in the Attacking Third that Everton attempted in the game
90 – Passes in the Attacking Third that Everton attempted in the second half

4 – Defensive clearances attempted by Arsenal in the first half
2 – Successful defensive clearances by Arsenal in the first half
16 – Defensive clearances attempted by Arsenal in the second half
10 – Successful defensive clearances by Arsenal in the second half
12 – Successful defensive clearances by Arsenal in the full 90 minutes
5 – Successful defensive clearances by Laurent Koscielny*

32 – Aerial duels between Arsenal and Everton in the full 90 minutes
12 – Aerial duels between Arsenal and Everton in the first half
2 – Number of aerial duels won by Everton in the first half
4 – Number of aerial duels won by Bacary Sagna in the first half*
4 – Number of aerial duels attempted by Bacary Sagna in the first half*
20 – Aerial duels between Arsenal and Everton in the second half
8 – Number of aerial duels won by Everton in the second half
10 – Number of aerial duels won by Bacary Sagna in the second half*
13 – Number of aerial duels attempted by Bacary Sagna in the second half*
2 – Number of aerial duels won by Jelavic in the second half**

Number of Offsides Won

Sagna – 0          Koscielny – 3          Vermaelen – 3          Gibbs – 4*

Odds and ends

3 – Number of successful dribbles (each) by Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs*
9 – Most number of Premier League appearances in a season by Kieran Gibbs (2011/2012)
5 – Number of interceptions by Steven Peener*
4 – Number of interceptions by Bacary Sagna**
6 – Number of tackles by Leighton Baines*
5 – Number of tackles by Alex Song**
3 – Arsenal’s place in the Premier League table
5 – Consecutive Arsenal wins
2 – Twitches per minute Harry Redknapp is experiencing at the moment

More of this type of insanity can be found on twitter @7amkickoff and on 7amkickoff.com

*Leads all players
**Leads his team

Qq

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Carlos
Carlos

How does number of offsides won work? Is it that the last player to step up claims the offside?

Gandalf
Gandalf

Got to love our first 19 min stats

Just Another Gooner

Not sure about Rambo only having one shot on target.

There was one early where the player blocked it virtually lying down (as an aside it looked to me like it hit his arm), and the one he slipped through the defender’s legs for the keeper to save that I can recall.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

0. Number of decisions Lee Mason and linesman got right

Grin
Grin

0. Number of hours of sleep I’m going to lose over those terrible decisions.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

Nothing to do with Everton.I was there last night and we had a clear pen disallowed plus a number of fouls against us not given then he books Sagna for
a first foul.
At the end of the day we won but at the time AFC fans were well pissed off
with him

Mooro
Mooro

Woah, a game of two halves indeed.

If Ramsey could find his shooting boots, he’d have had a shedload of goals this season. Cesc used to get pulled up for not scoring enough in his early days, so hopefully it’s something that Rambo can put right with a little guidance.

Friend
Friend

Yeah, rambo will come good. Dont understand why some people would call for his head. He is still young and works hard for the team, i say give him a few season and he will be a world class player! Cheers

eddymc2
eddymc2

I’m not a fan of calling for his head, but I can understand why: you say he’ll come good, and they ask in return, “When?”

noelson

@eddymc2

in that case we should have off loaded Bergkamp, Song and van Persie.. also Rosicky(who everyone is in love with all of a sudden.- I’m sure there’s more than a few who were calling for him to be sold just 2 months ago).
Ramsey has actually had a decent season all in all, and people who send him all those sick tweets and internet post don’t have a place in football.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

Rosicky has played much better of late. I was not going to lose any sleep if Arsenal parted ways with him, but he’s now showing why Wenger likes him so much. Fair play all around.

Ramsey once again, like he has all season long, gave an “all-action display” that lacked the sort of class required at the top level. And he’s not _that_ young anymore. Of your comparisons to other players, only Song’s situation is similar. However, they are different in that Song by now has convinced whereas Ramsey has not. You seem convinced he has or will yet, but I understand why others might disagree with your assessment.

eddymc2
eddymc2

@noelson You might realize that I started off saying I was not with the “Off With His Head!” brigade, that I only understood their line of thought. I don’t need the lecture.

Jake
Jake

There seems to be some people who simple can’t just support the team, and have to look for anything to pick at, even now that we have won 6 league games on the trot. pathetic

merdebag
merdebag

couldnt agree more, ramsey isnt a massive influence on this team yet, but i’ve no doubt in the next couple years he will dominate. He’s no denilson this fella

ilya
ilya

I was surprised at how big Rambo looked yesterday, always thought he was a good height but thin and i was positively surprised that he had as big a physical presence yesterday. Personally i think he’s got lots of potential and a great attitude but some of his misses this season have been amateurish, really needs to work on his finishing, especcially if he wants to play in CAM

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

Alex Ferguson, Phil Dow, Mark Hughes, Joe Barton, Alaasad, Kony and John Terry were the most relieved that Ramsey didn’t score.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

interesting that even though the second half performance dipped we were still ahead of everton. clearly work rate, ahem, works

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

i mean in terms of passes/completed passes by the way

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

the nicest thing about all this to my mind is that instead of hearing players come out and say “we need to fight/concentrate/never give up” after we’ve just lost a game, we get to see them acutally *do* all of that shit and win games

hopefully it’ll be a habit forming thing, this doing instead of talking

next up villa and more opportunity to fuck up mcleish’s shit, the bawbag weegie fuckface that he is

Just Another Gooner

@Trevor.

Are you sure that shot wasn’t heading at goal because I could have sworn it was. Agree about your post thing but not about what 7am is saying re blocked shots per se as that is just ludicrous.

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

No stats are worked out with blocked shots being classed as on target. What if it’s not blocked but then a gust of wind takes it over the goal? Would you say it’s on target even though it cleared the bar, as the shot started on target?

Just Another Gooner

You could make the self same spurious argument about saves by the keeper.

Shavid
Shavid

Is that an African or European swallow?

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

Just Another Gooner,

You’re still banging on about this?

Why don’t you write nasty letters to OPTA, then? As Tim has pointed out, it’s their definitions, not his.

Also, you’re a bitch getting worked up (“ludicrous”? Please.) about nothing.

Thought you should know.

George
George

Ramsey is shit

Maddo
Maddo

George ! What do you do in your life to give others pleasure….oh Nothing especially assessing your remark..

Thorough

@Maddo. Sorry mate but am with George on this: Ramsey is shit, pure and simple. And I think its fair if you express your opinion without a reference to people’s life and quotidians. This is a forum for opinionated minds, lets not make it look like an abuse arena. Back to Ramsey, people get so emotional because of his injury (I too am to some extent) but this should in no way becloud our sense of judgement. Just how many days have we spent here arguing if Ramsey was good enough or not, why must it be Ramsey all the time and not someone else? May be we are like the blacksmiths who keep hitting repeatedly on a spot for only one reason: its a problem spot. The leg break might have reduced his momentum but as we say ‘Class is permanent, but form is temporary’ and if he has class it should be showing through by now. Diaby has been a permacrock but yet came in against Liverpool and took the game by the scruff. And for those citing Van Per, Ros, etc as reasons why Ramsey will come good eventually, I think this is very erroneous. He just doesnt have their potential. Rosicky has been running shows on the pitch since the 90’s and was well proven even before he got to Arsenal. So also Van P, who scores ridiculous goals in Henry’s era even though he was only opportuned to play 15-20minutes cameos. If Ramsey is meant to be a playmaker then forget it, he shoots football like firecrackers, losses posessions too easily and slows down the attack. For those thinking he can play the Arteta role I am sorry, another blatant NO: he actually played that role against Swansea and had a hand in 2 of the goals for the Swans (a penalty and an assist for Swansea). And dont start on the age front folks, I watched Ronaldinho at Japan 93 U-17 and he was superb. Rooney broke through at Everton at same age. Ox is showing he will be amazing when older because his enormous potential cannot be hidden. Wilshere was splitting defenses at same age in the Carling Cup and tearing teams apart (AC Milan I think) in the Emirate cup. I am sorry I dont aqree with a lot of folks on this matter, but I am VERY sure I will be proved right one day: Ramsey is not and will never be Arsenal standard.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

No he isn’t – but he is not yet good enough to hold down a regular place. He does have a few dodgy games, and misses some good chances, like last night, but he will come good eventually.

Thorough

@Fatgooner. I’ve actually seen Ramsey had some splendid games, but those are too few and far between for the playmaker of a top 4 team. We are like every other team in having younger ones being brooded to take over from specific older players, so Ramsey was supposed to be the apparent heir to the throne Fabregas vacated, which is proper and auspicious. However, big teams thrive on being able to get the right feedbacks and basing their judgments on it asap. Goran Tosic was bought to eventually replace Giggsy but he is long gone because SAF thinks he isnt quite good enough for what he earmarked him for. We cant keep playing Ramsey with the belief that he will one day become impecable like Fabregas, even at 17 we knew Fabregas was destined for the top. Of course he gets those passes rights once in a while, but Fab plays those ridiculously-amazing passes almost every 15minutes. And Fab dont shoot into the skies. He plays every kind of freekicks too, direct, indirect, et cetera, and Ramsey isnt exactly doing any of these things right now. If a player has 2great games in 10 he just isnt cut out for the top teams where a player needs to have 8/9 good games in 10. Xavi, Messi, Rooney, et cetera are superstars because they do the same things on a consistent basis. I know my comments will soon be ‘closed’ but I hope folks here never forget that there was a conversation like this on this day. If we are going to move forward as a team, we surely need an engine room that wont be a burden on the team, and I think that is exactly what Ramsey is now. And especially for a team that already have Theo’s ineptitude to cope with, we cannot add another erratic player to the mix. A team can only carry so much burden!

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

What?!? Ramsey was never supposed to be the replacement to Fabregas as Cesc was an advanced playmaker, while Ramsey is a box-to-box midfielder (something he does very well for club and country in my opinion). Ol’ Jack is supposed to take the advanced role (a position he has played in at every level) but injury has put a stop to that. Due to his age, he is a better comparison to Fabregas and is a youngster who is touted as the future of the Enlgish midfield. That’s something Fabregas can’t claim as he is in and out of the Spanish squad depending on injuries.
Fabregas did take all our set-pieces and oddly enough, it was a thing we were shit at and we hardly ever scored from them. Now Arteta and van Persie are taking them all, we have starting scoring from corners and free-kicks.Conicidence? Not really, more like Wenger has given the right players the roles.
Do some research before you try and claim you have divine knowledge about our players.

To go through your list of example players:

Xavi – only really came into the forefront of football in the last 4-5 years (that made him 25-26) and that’s only really due to the other players around him as well. Pablo Aimar was touted as the next superstar playmaker but never has the players around him to make him look better. If you stick him in the current Stoke team, he’d just end up lumping it forward.

Messi – There is no player like him anywhere on the planet, so it’s harsh comparing Ramsey to him. C.Ronaldo is the closet thing and even he is struggling to keep up at times.

Rooney – Peaked at the age of 22/23. Hasn’t really improved since then and is showing his true colours with holding the club to ransom and his attitude problems.

That’s my rant over. I’m off to go and ask the doctor for some of what Fatgooner is having as his posts have made a lot of sense recently

Mooro
Mooro

Insightful.

Do Zippy and Bungle agree with your analysis?

richpryor
richpryor

Probably George Costanza.

Phil
Phil

If I block a cock with someone else’s cock is that a cock block?

1886 in land of the King Kenny Klan
1886 in land of the King Kenny Klan

No mate it’s what you call the level just above a bromance, for it to be a cock block, it would have to involve a female. to summarise a cock block is NOT a cock block w/o a female enabling the aforementioned cock block.

Ditto, 7 am, By the way, these definitions are not my definitions

vin_unleaded

Aaaaaaaaaaand I quote:

According to an article by a freelance writer, Joshua Bernstein, in the New York Press, cockblocking is a “foul act in which someone interferes with another’s attempt at finding happiness inside someone’s pants.”.

HTH 🙂

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

Cock blocking is no laughing matter Phil. 🙂

It is what it is
It is what it is

Agreed, not humourous at all……they (cock blockers) are also known as defenders, and can be male or female.
Had a Nesta and Sol Campbell, while at college. They were absolutely ruthless. Hovered and destroyed any good moves.

Goldenballs
Goldenballs

I thought we were going to run riot after the first 20 minutes,but after that,Everton were the better team. We were very lucky yesterday,I reckon we’d of lost if their goal had stood.

MAllen
MAllen

Not the match I watched. Many Everton players should have been on yellows and Cahill should have gotten a straight red. If you want to look a things objectively, with the officials getting everything right on the day, we still would have come out on top with all three point.
It is scandalous the Mason can get away with such a dire performance

Davey Jones
Davey Jones

It’s nothing new, that Phil Collinsesque individual is the worst referee I’ve ever seen referee

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Mark
Mark

It’s 6 wins in a row, not 5! 18 points from 18 in games including Liverpool, Spuds, Newcastle and Everton – unexpectedly brilliant, I’m delighted.

ramgooner
ramgooner

ramsey was injured for an entire season and in this season he had a very good 1st half.his legs are probably tired.wenger will not play ramsey in every match.everton had fellaini yesterday and wenger wanted to completley dominate midfield. and thats the reason behind playing ramsey.

A.J.
A.J.

The most impressive part about our performance was the defense. This is why I am not sure we would have lost even if the off side wasn’t called. For one thing, Szczesny didn’t make an attempt to block the shot because he saw the off side flag go up. Other than that, though, how many saves was Szczesny required to make? I can only think of one when he caught Fallaini’s header. And even in the 2nd half, we had more clear-cut chances (including RVP’s shot against the post) than they did despite their pressure. Truely an impressive defensive performance!

Just Another Gooner

@7am

“Shot on target:
an attempt to score which required intervention to stop it going in or resulted in a goal/shot which would go in without being diverted”

By that definition the shot blocked by the defender was a shot on target.

Striker gets a shot on target and the defender gets a blocked shot so no duplication of numbers at all.

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

I’m surprised you’re still going on about it. If it really annoys you that much try adding them together.

And then you can start up a blog in attempt to compile all these statistics on your own free time for someone else to critique and ask why you listed block shots as shots on goal.

Binda
Binda

NOOOOOOOOO! ffs

just because a defender blocked a shot doesnt guarantee that the ball was going to be on target, the ball can take a wicked bend, thats why off the line ones are counted and the ones where the keeper gets rounded isn’t

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

Wow. STILL going on about it.

Embarrassing.

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Just Another Gooner

Anyway, as I think it’s fairly obvious that we’re not going to agree on this these are my last words on this.

Regardless of anything else, thanks for always taking the trouble to do these stats.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

My guess is Opta’s rationale goes something like this: scoring shots as either on target, off target, or blocked is better because blocked shots are easily counted without having to parse which of those blocked are on/off target when ball only travels a few inches twenty yards from goal. A system that scored all blocked shots as on/off target would probably lack some precision.

It would also give weight to irrelevancies. For example, does it matter if half of a player’s shots are on target if that half gets stuffed because he doesn’t get the ball by the defender immediately in front of him? (Say, because he always telegraphs his intent? Looking at you, Rosicky).

Opta may have other reasons (maybe the decision was actually client-driven), but hopefully we can appreciate that the chosen method is not wholly without logic.

SEO

I like Ramsey and see his potential, but don’t like the midfield when it’s Ramsey, Arteta and Song. It lacks pace and seems to get bypassed all too easily. We really need to find a better balance that’s more dynamic in my opinion.

And I’m also not overly impressed with Song’s contribution of late. Sure, he’s put through some lovely balls for assists, but he’s now trying too hard and has become very wasteful and careless. Those assists seem to have gone to his head and a few times he’s almost cost us a goal with his sloppy play.

The same happened to Gerrard a few years back – he played a few 50 yard wonder-balls and then tried doing it all the time. It took him a few months to wake up, so I hope Song does the same. Just my two cents worth.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

2000 Number of sharp intakes of breath at Goodison when JD came on as sub.

7amkickoff

FYI: It looks like Sagna won most of those aerial duels off Szczesny kicks:

Here’s where he won headers:
http://fourfourtwo.com/statszone/share.aspx?i=066jv

Here’s where Szcz kicked the ball (2nd half): http://fourfourtwo.com/statszone/share.aspx?i=06x6p

And it looks like Sagna was picking on Steven Peener.
http://fourfourtwo.com/statszone/share.aspx?i=06M7q

Stephen
Stephen

So now that balance is restored and we are on top of ‘them’, who would we prefer to see win the league? See Citeh win – a new team – but then have Nasri wave his medal in our faces? Or see United win – again – and have to listen to them and their ‘supporters’ condescension for another year? If it weren’t for Nasri, I’d favor Citeh (even with the cash on hand they have) simply to see some variety and that I see United more as a long term rival than Citeh who I feel will flame out after a short period of success.

Goran
Goran

But if a shot-taker is in such a position he’s clearly going to score then it should be counted as a shot on goal. Or rather, it should be counted as an almost goal. I mean it’s obvious for everyone but you 7am why are you being such a douche about it, just fix the stats plz we the 99% are obviously right!!!!!!

Cromulus
Cromulus

100% – chance that Harry Redknapp will say something utterly obvious and unenlightening like “the season’s not over yet”.

binda
binda

he’s got a twitch, he’s got a twitch! harry redknapp he’s got a twitch!

jackJumblies
jackJumblies

Aaron Ramsey suffered a grotesque, traumatic injury that very few of us will be unfortunate to share, and worked his ass off to rehabilitate himself enough for the physical rigors of Premier League football (again, something most of us are anatomically ignorant of). He has always spoken highly of the Club and is held in high regards there and among his national team, where his leadership and ability earned him the armband at a relatively young age. It is doubtful he’d lose five minutes of sleep worrying what Mr. Clever Screenname thinks of his abilities.

I for one hope Rambo is able to come back fully from that horrible setback and shine for the Gunners, as sadly the gifted Eduardo (and to a milder extent Diaby) could not fully recapture. If Le Boss has faith in him enough to play him, then he deserves his chances.

Voldermort
Voldermort

Am I missing something? What was that about a blocked shot not being a shot type thing.
Maybe we should start a thread……., or not.

Junichi B
Junichi B

Most seriously, Matt Spiro is a probably a die hard gunner, and the way he translated what was said is just not correct (cut sentences, put aside answers of different questions, etc.). I know everybody don’t care, but, there is the truth.

Oleg Luzhny
Oleg Luzhny

I did some digging up, not sure how much attention this will get, but I put together these numbers:

In the 10 games (only 10!) that Vermaelen & Koscielny have been the starting Centre Back pairings, Arsenal’s record is 7-1-2 with 10 goals conceded. And one of those games was the Milan game.

I like the BFG, but Verm & Kos should be the #1 starting centre backs. Koscielny has improved by leaps and bounds this season, he seems to have added some upper body strength and he’s a beast as a result! At the same time, fit full backs make a huge difference as everyone knows.

batt18les
batt18les

I think that had never been an issue. For those who have been watching Arsenal since previous season it’s obvious that he’s the starting XI CB. This season he’s unreal. For me he’s our best and the most consistent player of the season so far. And as far as I love Vermaelen and rate him extremely high Koscielny is even ahead of him. So for me and think that for many other AFC fans the discussion what should our first pairing be doesn’t make much sense at the moment. Kos-Verm is the best CB partnership in the EPL atm.

And their stats would be much better if it hadn’t been for first Milan game. Koscielny missing second half and Vermaelen playing very poorly. Without these 4 goals conceaded then it shows what kind of beasts they both are.

Tahseen
Tahseen

6 is the number of Arsenal Consecutive Wins ……… (not 5)
keep them coming ..!!!!!

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