Eight – The number of wins Arsenal have won in a row.
That is the most important stat right now even if you can find things to worry about in the performances.
Arsenal aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire with their form but they are finding ways to emerge as the winning team. Like so many of the latest matches, there were stretches tonight were it is obvious that Arsenal are still a work in progress in delivering on Unai Emery’s plan. In this match however, Arsenal were clinical with their chances and Bernd Leno made some good saves to keep the teams third consecutive clean sheet.
Qarabag 0-3 Arsenal: By the graphs
Qarabag 0-3 Arsenal: By the numbers
1st – Sokratis got his first goal with Arsenal!
1st – Emile Smith Rowe got his first senior goal with Arsenal!
1st – Matteo Guendouzi got his first senior goal with Arsenal!
Lot’s of first Arsenal goals tonight! All three got their first goals for the club, with Guendouzi and Smith Rowe both getting their first ever senior goals. Arsenal now have 12 different goal scorers on the season (not counting own goals). Congratulations all around and hopefully the first of many to come.
Alex Iwobi makes his case for a start
2 – Key Passes
1 – Big Chance created for Smith Rowe
1 – Assist created for Smith Rowe
4 – Successful dribbles (tied for most) of 8 attempted
4 – Ball recoveries (2nd on Arsenal)
2 – Nutmegs
1 – Soul stolen
— ArsenalGIF (@ArsenalGIF) October 4, 2018
Alex Iwobi has looked good every time that he has played for Arsenal and I think that his form has him on the doorstep of deserving a starting role. Iwobi seems to be performing well under Unai Emery, this is what he said about the new boss earlier in the week:
“I’m more positive and more confident with the ball,” Iwobi said. “The boss has basically told me that if something doesn’t work, just keep going and don’t dwell on it.
“He’s told me to stop being so critical and to just keep trying no matter what happens, no matter if things don’t go as I want them to.
It might be a tough turnaround to play on Sunday after a long trip back to London but he really should be in the mix after the international break.
Arsenal give up chances… again
23 – Touches in the box for Qarabag. That is 5% of Qarabag’s total touches in the match happening in Arsenal’s box and the same as what Arsenal were able to do (28 total for Arsenal).
178 – Touches in the final third for Qarabag. That is 35% of Qarabag’s total touches in the match happening in Arsenal’s third of the pitch. For comparison Arsenal had 90 final third touches which were 16% of their total touches.
1 – Big Chance created (saved by Leno). Overall Qarabag created just 1 big chance in this match but for me that had a number of very dangerous situations that made me nervous.
This match was one where I think xG misses things that happen in the match. Qarabag had dangerous attacks but ended up shooting from wide areas and outside the box. Looking at my offense value added model (which is a kind of an all encompassing offensive rating system) this match was much closer than the scoreline and the xG suggested. Thankfully Arsenal had the better finishers, and were able to turn their dangerous possessions into dangerous shots were Qarabag couldn’t punish Arsenal.
To end on a happy note, Iwobi’s dazzling footwork
Loved this from Iwobi pic.twitter.com/BGj1j3tzdQ
— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) October 4, 2018
#Project24 continues against Fulham Sunday.
Sources: whoscored, opta, my own database