Well that sucked.
A tale of two halves
16:21- Chelsea time in control of the ball in the first half
15:51- Arsenal time in control of the ball in the first half
0.79- Chelsea xG in the first half
1.97- Arsenal xG in the first half
43 – completed final third passes for Chelsea in the first half
43 – completed final third passes for Arsenal in the first half
6 – completed passes into the box for Chelsea in the first half
7 – completed passes into the box for Arsenal in the first half
1 – Big Chance for Chelsea in the first half
4 – Big Chances for Arsenal in the first half
24:20 – Chelsea time in control of the ball in the second half
12:04 – Arsenal time in control of the ball in the second half
1.23 – Chelsea xG in the second half
0.05 – Arsenal xG in the second half
109 – completed final third passes for Chelsea in the second half
32 – completed final third passes for Arsenal in the second half
10 – completed passes into the box for Chelsea in the second half
4 – completed passes into the box for Arsenal in the second half
1 – Big Chance for Chelsea in the second half
0- Big Chance for Arsenal in the second half
In the first half Arsenal had the better of the chances in an overall even match. They very easily could have gone into half time with a lead but had to settle for a draw. Coming out for the second half Arsenal changed tactics and looked to defend deeper, if the plan was to try to counter it didn’t work as Chelsea controlled the match and steadily upped the pressure until they got a breakthrough.
Matteo Guendouzi shows he belongs
93.9- Percent of the 49 passes that Guendouzi completed. His 46 completions were 2nd on Arsenal.
100- Defensive third passing percentage, last week against City he misplayed 4 passes in the defensive third. Today he cleaned that up and completed all 13 of his passes in this area.
1- Time lost possession, another major improvement from last week where he lost possession 6 times.
2- Dribbles (tied for most with Henrikh Mkhitaryan)
1- Through ball completed, Arsenal attempted two but only Guendouzi completed his.
51.9%- Percentage of the total xG that he was involved in the buildup to the shot (total xG value of possession chain he was involved in not including key pass or shot) His 1.05 mark was 2nd on Arsenal behind Granit Xhaka at 1.33.
I came away impressed with Guendouzi after the City match but thought that there were some issues that he needed to work on. This match was a big improvement of cutting out the biggest mistakes that he made.
Alex Iwobi Debuts
1- Big Chance
2- Key Passes
2- Big Chances Created
1- Dribble of 4 attempted
6- Times lost possession (4 bad touch, 2 dispossessed)
Iwobi got his first start of the season and to my eye was one of Arsenal’s best players. On a day where Arsenal needed to create offense Iwobi stepped up. The other positive is that over the summer he looks bulked up and used that extra muscle to keep possession several times when challenged.
In the first half Arsenal cut Chelsea to pieces with cut back crosses towards the Penalty Spot. They had 5 great shots (4 Big Chances) and converted just 1. Here are the screenshots of the shots with the xG for each chance.
This shot had an xG of 0.4 and is a shot that you really expect Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bury.
A shot from almost the exact same spot, this one has an even emptier net to aim at, 0.5 xG
Turning in this shot isn’t quite as easy as the other ones with a slightly tighter angle, 0.34 xG.
The hardest of the chances with a crowded box to have to navigate, 0.15 xG.
Missing these good of chances shouldn’t be a regular occurrence. It was encouraging to see Arsenal create offense after being nullified by City. Now to just continue it over a full match.
Sources: Opta, StatsZone App, xG from my own database