Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Arsenal 4-1 CSKA: By the Numbers

18 – Shots by Arsenal against CSKA
7 – Shots by Ramsey against CSKA
17 – Shots by Arsenal in the 18 yard box against CSKA
7 – Shots by Ramsey in the 18 yard box against CSKA
10 – Shots in prime areas by Arsenal against CSKA
5 – Shots in prime areas by Ramsey against CSKA
4 – Big chances by Arsenal against CSKA (including the penalty)
2 – Big chances by Ramsey against CSKA
2 – Goals by Ramsey (both Big Chances)
1 – Beach-volley-Eduardo goal by Ramsey
3.13 – Expected goals for Arsenal against CSKA
1.4 – Expected goals for Ramsey against CSKA
11 – Ball recoveries by Ramsey (led Arsenal)
1 – Dribble by Ramsey
3 – Interceptions by Ramsey
1 – Tackle by Ramsey (dribbled past once)
101 – Touches by Ozil (led all players)
84 – Passes by Ozil (led all players)
50 – Final third passes by Ozil (completed 40, led all players on both counts, Ramsey was second with 18/21!)
5 – Chances created by Ozil (led all players)
2 – Assists by Ozil (led all players)
1 – Big chance created by Ozil from open play
1 – Big chance created by Ozil by winning the penalty
1 – Big chance shot taken by Ozil
3 – Dribbles by Ozil (led Arsenal)
5 – Dribbles by Musa (led all players)
2 – Men of the match for me

Jack has a bad game?

36 – Touches by Wilshere
30 – Passes by Wilshere (22 accurate)
7 – Ball recoveries by Wilshere
1 – Dribble by Wilshere (of 4)
0 – Tackles by Wilshere
0 – Interceptions by Wilshere
0 – Blocks by Wilshere
0 – Shots by Wilshere
0 – Key passes by Wilshere
33 – Touches by Mkhitaryan
24 – Passes by Mhki (22 accurate)
6 – Ball recoveries by Mkhi
4 – Shots by Mkhi
1 – Dribble by Mkhi
1 – Tackle
1 – Blocked pass
0 – Interceptions
0 – Key passes by Mkhi

Hey! Maybe the other two guys did all the stuff that there was to be done?


4 – Number of times Bellerin was dribbled (of 6)
2 – Number of time Xhaka was dribbles (of 3)
5 – Number of times Bellerin lost possession (2nd most, tied with Musa, 1 fewer than Ramsey)
4 – Number of times Bellerin lost possession in his own half (the other one was near the half-way line)
5 – Defensive aerial duels won by Arsenal (of 14)
3 – Defensive aerial duels won by Koscielny (of 6, Led all players)

Sorry for the brief post but mid-week games are a pain to write because I have to do that after I get home from work.


Sources: Opta via Whoscored and the Stats Zone App. Expected Goals are my own formula and not Opta’s.


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No need to apologise! Keep up the good work


I dis thing ozil was superb today, but maybe ramsey deserved motm a bit more?
I thought Laca had a good game too, his second was so cool


I’ve never waited for a by the numbers with this much anticipation before


The game definitely seemed to pass Jack by but unfortunately the few times he had the ball he tended to be poor. Just seems to be playing within himself atm, maybe it’s the injuries or maybe he knows he’s leaving. Saying that I think his positioning in midfield is helping Ramsey flourish, allowing him to make more of his trademark runs without leaving too much space in the middle. On the other hand, playing Ozil wide right probably isn’t sustainable as he tends to vacate the flank at every opportunity which leaves Bellerin exposed. A real head scratcher for Wenger.

Bob Hoskins

I think he struggles playing further up as well but, I’m not sure. I think Elneny in for Wilshere for the away leg would be sensible.


Ozil is claiming hattrick of assists, so he is counting penalty as an assist. is it counted by opta???


I don’t agree that Ramsey was better than Ozil. Yes, a “flick” finally came off, but how many times does he lose the ball by trying those silly flicks and backheels? He is also selfish – far too many wasted attempts on goal where others were in a better position to score. The other thing I’ve noticed is that Jack tends to be poor because HE is supposed to be the number 10, but Ramsey seems to think that is his role. So Wilshere is caught between playing his role and covering for Ramsey who consistently is missing from his… Read more »


the anger is strong in this one.


What is he like when we LOSE?


Alex Iwobi came on and did the minimum expected of him – maintain width on the left touchline to create space in the central areas, keep possession so we don’t get counter-attacked, and help out defensively. He did all three. Because he was able to keep possession so well despite being pressed by two CSKA goons at a time, he made Nacho’s job easier and let him overlap and support the attack. Yes Alex should have scored on Ozil’s key pass! But overall his strength and skill led to a couple of good scoring chances for others and he would’ve… Read more »


Ozil was epic. Only wish he nailed his casual shot end of the first half to score a ‘perfect’

Teryima Adi



Cheers like someone said .. no need to apologise .. Even when brief The by number bits is always enjoyable and might have altered the way i look at games live. Definitely has made me more objective.


fuking ramsey
lol just kidding, he is just fine, not amazing




Thanks, 7am. It was a strange game. Ramsey was justified in his commitment to offense, as it turned out. It might be a suicidal strategy against Atleti, but maybe adjustments will be made for that opponent.

To answer your question, yes, I think Jack had a poor game.

I hadn’t realized until I read this how many times Bellerin lost the ball. In Moscow, that may be punished. I also hadn’t realized how badly we were beaten in the air. I don’t get why that should be.

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