7 – Goals by Nacho Monreal in senior play (Osasuna, Malaga, Arsenal) before this season
372 – Matches played by Monreal before this season (same clubs as above, all competitions)
6 – Goals by Nacho Monreal this season (all competitions)
34 – Matches played by Monreal this season (all competitions)
51 – Shots Monreal took in his first 4.5 seasons at Arsenal
29 – Shots Monreal has taken this season
36 – Percent of all career Arsenal shots Monreal has taken this season
Ramsey Man of the Match
61 – Passes
85 – Percent successful passing
34 – Passes in the final third
5 – Passes completed from inside the 18 yard box (led all players)
3 – Key passes
2 – Key passes made inside the 18 yard box
1 – Assist
4 – Shots
1 – Goal
4 – Successful dribbles (of 5, led all players)
2 – Successful dribbles in the 18 yard box (led all players joint with Lacazette)
Weird West Ham
Such a boring match from a stats standpoint. Arsenal took 20 shots but only 2 big chances leaving us with an expected goals of just 2.0. One thing to note about expected goals is that when teams score from outside (like Ramsey today) it tends to skew the expected goals toward “overperform”.
That’s because goals from outside are so rare statistically. So, if you score on a “3%” shot from outside it’s going to skew the actual goals to expected goals by -.97 isn’t it?
Arsenal scored three goals in the final 10 minutes against West Ham. That brought Arsenal to third in the League in goals in the final 15 minutes of games with 16.
Those four goals also brought Arsenal’s home goals total to an amazing 49 goals, just 9 short of Man City in second place in the League. And Arsenal have the 2nd most key passes (passes that lead to a shot) in home games with 252, behind Chelsea’s 259, and above Man City with 244. Weirdly, Arsenal lead the League in set play goals at home with 12. I doubt people think of Arsenal as a set piece team at home but apparently we are.
I’m not digging the grave of Arsenal’s away form again. If you want to see that stuff, go have a look at last week’s post.
Nice, boring win for the Arsenal on a sunny day in North London, on the weekend after Wenger tendered his resignation.
Sources: Opta, my database