Arsenal 5-0 Burnley: By the Numbers

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54 – Home goals scored by Arsenal this season
58 – Home goals scored by Man City this season
47 – Points Arsenal earned at home this season
47 – Points Man City earned at home this season (they have one game left)
20 – Goals Arsenal have allowed at home this season (8th in the Premier League)

2953 – Minutes Mesut Ozil played this season (5th most on the team)
3746 – Minutes Ozil played last season (3rd most of any player behind Monreal and Cech)
3940 – Minutes Ozil played in 2015/16 (2nd most behind Hector Bellerin)
2711 – Minutes Ozil played in 2014/15 when he ruptured his knee ligaments (6th most at Arsenal)
3233 – Minutes Ozil played in his inaugural season with Arsenal (8th most)

16 – Shots for Arsenal today
15 – Key passes for Arsenal today
4 – Key passes for Lacazette (led all players)
3 – Key passes for Mkhitaryan
2 – Key passes each for Bellerin, Wilshere, Iwobi, and Aubameyang
2 – Assists for Bellerin
1 – Assist for Wilshere
1 – Assist and 1 goal for Lacazette
1 – Assist and 2 goals for Aubameyang

24 – Shots by Aubameyang this season (for Arsenal)
8 – Goals for Aubameyang this season (for Arsenal)
105 – Total shots this season for Aubameyang
25 – Goals for Aubameyang this season (24% finishing)
79 – Shots for Lacazette this season (PL and EL only)
17 – Goals for Lacazette this season (PL and EL only 22% finishing)
46 – Number of goals Lacazette and Auba could score next season if they can get 200 combined shots and finish just 23% of them
20 – Percent finishing a player needs to be considered an “elite” forward
2 – Number of “elite” forwards Arsenal have now
171 – Shots Thierry Henry once had in a season (03/04 Invincibles)
30 – Goals Henry scored that season (18% finishing)

4 – Interceptions for Mavropanos (led Arsenal)
1 – Block for Mavropanos (led Arsenal)
3 – Blocked passes for Aubameyang (led all players – this is a stat that Liverpool excell at and one of the unsung defensive stats)
6 – Clearances for Mavropanos (led Arsenal)
5 – Headed clearances by Mavropanos (led all players)
3 – Aerial duels won by Mavropanos (of 6, led all players)
2 – Burnley center forwards who “knew they were in a game” because Mavropanos bodied the FUCK out of them
3 – Fouls suffered by Mavropanos (led all players)

85 – Passes by Iwobi (tied for best of all players with Xhaka)
18 – Passes from Xhaka to Iwobi (most of any player)
18 – Passes from Bellerin to Iwobi (most of any player)
5 – “Bad” passes by Xhaka of 90 attempted because he “always gives the ball away”
2 – Number of bad passes by Xhaka that were in his own half
1 – Failed pass by Mavropanos in his own half, short
13 – Passes by Mertesacker (of 13 attempted, man we are really going to miss his class in passing from the back)

1 – Simple phrase that Wenger left us with “I will miss you.”
1 – Arsene Wenger

@7amkickoff

Sources: Opta, My Database

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Bob dobbery
Bob dobbery

One of the prerequisites for a manager next season should be to play Aubameyang and Lacazette together.

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

One thing I hope the new manager doesn’t do (and I don’t expect him to, any more than Arsene does) is listen to the fans telling him who to buy, who to sell, or who to play and where. Same goes for a director of football, if we appoint someone. That’s their job.

And they’re not blind. They can see, for example (as Wenger has said) that Aubameyang and Lacazette can play together. But there are occasions, let’s remember, when that may not be the best for a given situation, or opponent, or a different formation is required. That’s their judgment.

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

As long as Auba is free to roam in centrally, which is what he’s doing at the moment. He and Laca both had key moments in both central and wide positions against Burnley, was great to watch.

PFo
PFo

absolutely. I really think they’re not too similar that they can’t play together, and in fact I like the potential chemistry.

if we can find a formation that allows them to play in their best positions and gets the balance right behind them (3-5-2? 4-4-2 diamond? certain versions of a 4-3-3?), I think they’re going to scare the sh*t out of opposing defenses.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Keeper (Would neither keep Cech or Ospina. They earn too much – especially Cech – to play second fiddle. Get in a quality number 1 keeper and get Martinez back to be our number 2)
Mavropanos- Chambers – Holding ( I know, i know, that’s quite risky but next year will be a year of transition anyway and we won’t have the biggest funds for transfers if the rumors are anywhere near true, so I’d rather invest in other departments and give these 3 guys a season to show if we need to spend big on that position next season or if we maybe have sorted out our defensive problems for the next decade)
5 man Midfield (Mkhitaryan and Ramsey – if he stays, which is unfortunately a big if, if you ask me – the only ones I would definitely play in there)
Aubameyang – Lacazette

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

1 – Arsène Wenger ❤️

Claudio Mutua
Claudio Mutua

1 – Arsene Wenger

shokim
shokim

I cried while watching Arsene’s post-match speech. A gentleman full of class, and so articulate. Shall miss him and those Wengerisms. Wishing him all the best.

Pedant
Pedant

Here’s a good number – If Arsene Wenger stayed for another 100 games & lost them all, he’d still have best win percentage of any Arsenal manager in history.

We have been spoilt.

Arse City Blues
Arse City Blues

Great stat!

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

1 – Arsene Wenger

A Different George
A Different George

I was thinking about those home statistics while I watched the match. This season, we often looked the way we looked yesterday at home and almost never away. We looked about the same against Atletico in the first leg (yes, mostly against 10 men, but a much much better team than Burnley), though crucially we did not finish our chances then.

So what is this about? The crowd? Officials influenced by the crowd? (I know this is probably the cause of some home advantage over the course of a season, but it’s hard to make a case that this was the reason for the recent difference in home and away league matches.) So a serious question for a stats guy like 7am: how do you explain this (or maybe, what’s your guess)?

As always, insightful from you.

Oh, and one Arsene Wenger.

Viv
Viv

New goalie
New lb, chambo, mavro, kolasi
Mkhi, new Vieira, xhaka
Laca ,Ozil
Auba

Holding elneny Niles nketiah,etc subs

And a super tactical coach

PFo
PFo

It’s not a terrible shout, certainly not worthy of so many downvotes (though presumably you meant new rb not lb). Most would have Rambo in there, but not at the expense of midfield balance and not if he refuses to sign.

RiP
RiP

Ramsey really did have a good season. But he’s still a maverick positionally. He really is a cowboy. What’s my problem? He is everyone’s problem. That’s because every time he plays, he’s unsafe. I don’t like him because he’s dangerous.
😉

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

Ice-man? Maybe we need Bergkamp back to make the perfect partnership with Ramsey.

Gooner
Gooner

One Arsene Wenger <3

Paul
Paul

22 – years of dedication.
Merci.

PB70
PB70

“1 – Person who deserves the blame for this utter asswhupping and his name doesn’t rhyme with “tape cassette” or “pick guitarian”. It rhymes with “Arsene Fucking Wenger”.”. – written a month or two ago.

And now it’s “1 – Arsene Wenger”.

False platitudes.

Prefer the lot who bitched and moaned about Wenger, who continue to bitch and moan. All this nonsense on this site about…”we are all entitled to our opinions” (no fucking kidding)…”lots of us wanted a change but respect the man for what he did for Arsenal” (how very generous of you). Easy to stick by Wenger when things were good, or not so bad…or now he’s leaving.

These two-faced opinions are beyond a joke. Imagine if we had a fan base who supported the team and the manager for every game, like we did when we were 5-0 up yesterday. We might have still done shit, but that would’ve been the ‘Arsenal values’ the manager was always on about (although, god forbid – Wenger might have had one more season with us if the fans stayed supportive).

I suppose by that very same sentiment (values of our club), fans like me should just let it go and live with it to create a sense of harmony and togetherness at the club. Of course when that happens, the opinions of the extreme few will only grow louder (and more acceptable) every season we don’t win a cup….oh, an ‘important’ cup.

I hated the fact he had to PLEAD the fans support this bunch of players. That is what had me tearing up. Iconic manager and an amazing person. This writer had one thing right a few months ago – only 1- “ARSENE FUCKING WENGER”.

lari03
lari03

For me, where ever you spot my moniker, I have been and will always remain a Wenger out person. Arsene and Arsenal FC was destined to be and that happened. He did a lot of good things for the club, and along the line things happened to sour the relationship.

If someone needs to be remembered, for doing a great job of getting a manager who was great, David Dein is his name. He left at a time, due to differences at the board level. A lot of the poor motion and slide downwards began when he was no longer there. It wasn’t sudden but season after season, with the weight of stadium finance repayments, having to sell star players, depending on Academy players, we were slowing becoming a one man team, without a good balance of opinions football wise.

Ivan Gazidis was supposed to bring his sporting knowledge to fore in the chief executive position. But as he was the new comer, he had to bend to Arsene.

Eventually, he noticed the problem and truly no one is perfect. However we all learn to accept help from others who can make us better. Maybe the message was passed wrongly, or the message was received in bad faith, the message was not effective and life went on.

In life you cannot win all medals, but you can try. There is a certain law of diminishing returns and it came to prominence. The fluke of Leicester was the season when truly all eyes blinked. Where was the man who knew what to do ? He had stayed in for too long, and he had grown soft and so maintaining the consistency of winning the league was beyond him. He tolerated a barren streak from his main striker without any fit replacement. Arsenal finished 2nd that season, but it was because Tottenham chose to do us a favor by being Tottenham the spursy totterers, and because all other contenders were in a sorry state.

To all those who claim Arsenal fans are spoiled, explain why we always slump between the exact same months of February & March. Funny how other clubs will say of us, if Arsenal are top of the league by December, then definitely they are not winning the league.

We fans ought to understand that winning is not our birthright. Wenger gave us medals, but he also spurn the yarn of the fourth place trophy, which is completely unacceptable for people with a competitive mentality, which eventually caused his downfall.

Going forward fans will look critically at Kroenke, because he accepted the 4th place target every season and he was a passenger, while his decisions were meant to drive the club forward.

Realistically Arsene was told to go because the scheming behind the scenes presented stats to show that for the second season running, Arsenal was going to fall below the 4th position and that gave the voice to those who were catalysts for change, in addition to the preparations being made for the manager’s succession.

If Santi Cazorla had been fit, things would have been different. But the question was that he had similar replacement. Recruitment struggles between the manager and chief executive meant a few players who did not fit into the manager’s system were bought and as a result they were purchases secured in error.

The absence of one player on team performance and its impact would also portray the club as jaundiced, and needing a style overhaul or a recruitment overhaul. The purchase of Alexis Sanchez from hindsight was also a poor decision in hindsight, because though he scored goals, he did not fit the personality of players the manager liked, he covered several deficiencies and ultimately he challenged the manager openly, and got away with it, because the team needed his contribution and goals.

If you accuse fans of being divided, I have just explained that a division existed in the management hierarchy of the club. Divisiveness just flowed from to the inside to those outside.

So, we look forward to the new manager. Who definitely will be given a short contract of 3-5 years, given performances targets, a playing style and the task of turning young players into solid stars, who can be sold to generate revenue for the club and to maintain the clubs stance as a new force to reckon with on the European continent.

With the principles and targets clearly spelt out, everyone can support the club in harmony.

Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Paul
Paul

I’ve had to read your post three times, (it’s late) but I think I agree sort of? He did need to go but maybe the fans shouldn’t have given it so large? Is that it?

PB70
PB70

Hi Paul..my writing skills aren’t that great so I can see how it would be confusing. ‘Given it so large’ – that’s partly what I was on about. There were those who have gone overboard insulting the manager, or those who never really stood up to those insults with that whole ‘entitled to their opinion’ nonsense. Although with websites I get how you need to keep as many of your readers as possible, so can’t really censor those who are over the top or even tell them to knock it off.

The thing that I find insulting – not sure if that’s the right word – upsetting?… is some of our fans who had no issues taking massive digs at Wenger (or not defending him against the insults but instead understanding the hate), now talk about how he was so brilliant and did so much for our club. If he was THAT brilliant, they should have given him the respect and backing he deserved when it mattered to him and when he most needed it. He is gracious enough not to be a dick about it and accepted yesterday’s praise with grace…that whole farewell yesterday was not for his benefit, it was for the fans and he new the value of trying to bring everyone together. Again, I get how my comments fly in the face of what Wenger was trying to achieve at our club, but the crap dished out to our own players and (future) managers has to stop, or at the very least not go unchallenged and become the new normal.

Anyways, so much more to say but too tired to say it and hopefully some people do get my point..rambling a bit now. Later.

Paul
Paul

Thanks PB70.

btw
btw

I don’t blame the fans, competent upper level management (that’s you Ivan and Stan) would have seen the writing on the wall and not renewed Arsene’s contract several years ago, if not least last year. Fair play, they gave him another chance to turn it around, and he did not. Yes, the hypocrisy is disturbing, but it is on display every week, we win and everyone is great, we lose and everyone sucks.

Paul
Paul

An aeroplane is bang out of order…

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

Thanks for saying this. I would also add James from the Arsecast to this who belittled Wenger in his ‘On The Whistle’ video, I think from the West Ham game, after he had already announced he was leaving.

A lot of bollocks being spouted from people who should have known better at the time.

Midgunner
Midgunner

I totally agree with this. It’s been sickening to watch our fans undermine the team and manager when they needed them most.

WengerStout
WengerStout

As an American fan for the last 12 years I am waiting to see how my Arsenal relationship evolves. Just as too many fans lost interest due to Wenger staying and not winning what and when they wanted him to win, I hope I do not become one who loses interest because the man I admired so much was forced out by spoiled fans. These fans are every bit if not more entitled, spoiled and rigid then they accuse the manager of being. I can not help but think of some of the what ifs: Cazorla stayed healthy, Kos stayed healthy, we got rid of Alexis sooner, played and appreciated Giroud more. I disagree with several Wenger decisions, just like with any team or manager. I do believe that allowing Giroud to leave contributed greatly to both our poor road results and down season. I also think allowing him to leave may have created ownership problems with Wengers decision making as it related to respect and commitment to players over and above winning at all costs. I admire and applaud the decision to let Giroud go even if it may have been a factor in Wenger leaving, Character Counts…1 Wenger

Homer
Homer

Spot. On.
Thats a ballsy post. Couldn’t agree more.

Ar53nal
Ar53nal

Team for next season!

New GK
Bellerin . Mavro . Mustafi . Monreal
Xhaka . Maitland-Niles
Ozil
Miki . Aubemeyang
Laca

Granit(e) hard!
Granit(e) hard!

Three things i have to say,
1) Thank you Arsene for the memories, …..ONLY ONE ARSENE WENGER!
2) Thank you lads for a befitting last home game for Arsene and showcasing wengerball at its best!
3) i really really like this Mavropanos kid….and judging by the reaction of the fans in the Emirates on Sunday, he is fast becoming a fans favorite!

Wengerballz
Wengerballz

The last one gave me chills. Well done sir