Arsenal got themselves three very important and desperately needed points. The match wasn’t always pretty but that really isn’t important. Let’s breakdown the stats:
SoT xG Map
Simulated Result from shots
4 – The shot difference for Arsenal, who out shot an opponent for the first time this season.
32 – Tackles attempted by Arsenal, with 15 successful tackles.
3 – Tackles by Nacho Monreal and Granit Xhaka, tied for the most on Arsenal
17 – Times West Ham dribbled past an Arsenal defender
4 – Times Aaron Ramsey was dribbled past
6 – Interceptions for Arsenal, the increase in tackles and decline of interceptions is one of the biggest shifts in the defensive stats so far under Unai Emery.
1 – Missed foul to stop a counter attack. If Arsenal are going to press and play a high line, learning how to tactically foul higher up the pitch is going to be important. City are very good at it:
No manager has his players foul to snuff out counters more than Pep Guardiola. In 2017/18, 7.6% of Man City’s opponents’ possessions from open play turnovers ended in a foul, the highest rate in the last five EPL seasons.
— Lemon Watcher 🍋👀 (@deepxg) August 25, 2018
15 – Touches in the box for West Ham (Arsenal had 14), the hammers got into dangerous spots way to easily and with worrying frequency.
9 – Final third entry passes for Granit Xhaka (led all players)
8 – Long pass attempts for Petr Cech against West Ham, completing 5.
16.4 – Average number of long passes per 90 minutes under Arsene Wenger for Petr Cech.
16 – Short Passes for Petr Cech against West Ham, completing 16
8.1 – Average number of short passes per 90 minutes under Arsene Wenger for Petr Cech.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Goal Drought
Can you call three matches without a goal a drought?
8 – Shots
3 – Shots on target
3 – Shots from the “Danger Zone”
1.1 – xG (expected goals)
0 – Goals
After 10 goals in 13 appearances for Arsenal last season, Aybameyang has gone through a cold patch with his shooting. It is far too early to start worrying about him yet, and there are positive signs (4 shots against Chelsea, 3 shots in 75 minutes against West Ham) that suggest it is just a matter of time for the goals to start coming.
A Three Match Comparison of the Emery Era
vs Manchester city
2017-18: Arsenal, 1.4 xG from 9 shots and 1 big chance with 0 goals. Manchester City, 1.5 xG from 9 shots, and 3 big chances with 3 goals.
2018-19: Arsenal, 0.4 xG from 9 shots and 0 big chance with 0 goals. Manchester City, 1.6 xG from 16 shots, and 2 big chances with 2 goals.
2017-18: Arsenal, 1.3 xG from 11 shots and 2 big chances with 0 goals. Chelsea, 1.1 xG from 12 shots, and 1 big chance with 0 goals.
2018-19: Arsenal, 2.3 xG from 15 shots and 5 big chances with 2 goals. Chelsea, 2.0 xG from 24 shots, and 1 big chance with 3 goals.
vs West Ham
2017-18: Arsenal, 1.8 xG from 21 shots and 2 big chances with 4 goals. West Ham, 0.7 xG from 11 shots and 0 big chances with 1 goal.
2018-19: Arsenal, 1.9 xG from 17 shots and 2 big chances with 3 goals. West Ham, 1.4 xG from 13 shots and 2 big chances with 1 goal.
2017-18: Arsenal, 4.5 xG from 41 shots and 5 big chances with 4 goals. Opponents, 3.3 xG from 32 shots and 4 big chances with 4 goals.
2018-19: Arsenal, 4.6 xG from 41 shots and 7 big chances with 5 goals. Opponents, 5.0 xG from 53 shots and 5 big chances with 6 goals.
It is still early days, but comparing the same fixtures this season to the fixtures last year shows that the Arsenal offense has stayed about the same while the defense has gotten worse. Part of this could be the big departure in the way that Chelsea attacked compared to last season under Antonio Conte but it is still worrying. This will be a trend to watch all season long.
Sources: StatsZone App, Whoscored, Opta and my own database