This is the simplest by the numbers ever.
I don’t need to tell you how Arsenal dominated possession, controlling over 60% of the ball for most of the match. Or how the Gunners made 122/163 passes in the Monaco final third but for the last 15 minutes (after Rosicky was introduced) of the game could only manage 12/17.
I don’t need to tell you how Monaco took a rather poor 10 shots or how they got 7 of them on target and scored three goals. While Arsenal took 14 shots but didn’t manage to get a shot on target until the 55th minute.
I don’t need to tell you that Monaco attempted 53 tackles, made just 25, and only attempted 5 tackles even remotely in the Arsenal half, and they only won 1 of those tackles in the Arsenal half because they didn’t even care about pressing Arsenal and instead sat in their shell for 90 minutes.
I don’t need to tell you that conversely (dribbles and tackles are linked) Arsenal attempted 40 dribbles and won 28 of them and that all but 4 dribbles were in the Monaco half.
I don’t have to tell you that Cazorla kept his streak of great form alive, leading all players with 72/77 passes, completing 23/27 passes in the final third, creating 1 shot for a teammate, making 6/6 dribbles, 3/3 tackles, and drawing 2 fouls. He also almost never turned the ball over, just 1 time, and was only dispossessed twice. Contrast that to Sanchez who was dispossessed 5 times and Giroud who had 4 unforced turnovers. Or that I got a little bit maybe an expletive niggle when Wenger took him off and put on Rosicky in the 81st minute. Not that I didn’t want to see Rosicky on the pitch but rather that Özil was clearly the player who needed to be removed, an argument which was borne out by the fact that in those last 15 minutes Özil only completed 1 entry pass into the opposition final third.
I only have to tell you that Arsenal had 9 shots off target and 1 shot blocked. All of those shots off target were inside the 18 yard box and I would say 8 of them were in the area where I would normally expect to see Arsenal score 2-3 goals off that number of shots. Most of those shots fell to Giroud who laid a six pack of eggs going 0/6.
I will also tell you that according to the Opta definition Giroud missed 4 “big chances” and given that all four of those were within 8 yards of the goal it’s hard to argue that they weren’t big chances. All totaled, Arsenal created 6 big chances and missed all of them. The other two big chances went to Walcott (saved) and the rebound off that Walcott shot taken by Welbeck (blocked by Walcott).
Conversely, Monaco created 1 big chance and scored it (Berbatov). Their opening goal was a deflection and their third was a well taken goal but not considered a big chance.
Please try not to kill each other in the comments. It was a hard game to take. Arsenal were unlucky but also suicidal. They were unluckicidal.
And yes, I am aware of the other “stats” like this being the fifth year in a row that Arsenal get murdered at home in the first leg of the group of 16. I’m going to bed.