21 unbeaten overall and 14 unbeaten in the league. It has been an excellent run of form for Arsenal lately.
This match against Huddersfield wasn’t pretty but Arsenal collected the three points which isn’t an easy task after a trying week with a North London Derby and a trip to Old Trafford.
With seven matches coming up over the next three weeks there may be more of these type of matches in the future.
xG Shot Map
Shot Placement xG Map
Simulated Match Result based on shots
Huddersfield’s aggressive defense
48 – Total defensive actions for Huddersfield in this match (tackles, fouls, interceptions)
44.7 – Defensive actions per match for Huddersfield coming into this match, second highest in the league
9.9 – Passes Allowed per Defensive Action, fifth fewest in the Premier League. (PPDA is a measure of pressing)
10.3 – Passes Allowed per Defensive Action against Arsenal
20 – Fouls committed
4 – Yellow cards earned
Unlike most lower table clubs, Huddersfield play an aggressive pressing style of defense. They commit a ton of defensive actions and attack teams up the field. This is something that is pretty unusual and made for a difficult match.
It also made for a tough one to watch as Huddersfield kicked Arsenal all over the pitch and took advantage of a referee who had trouble maintaining control.
Lucas Torreira is impressive
3.2 – Fouls suffered per 90 minutes, third most in the Premier League (min 10 appearances)
2.4 – Tackles per 90 minutes, thirty eighth most in the Premier League and fifteenth most among central midfielders (min 10 appearances)
1.6 – Interceptions per 90 minutes, thirteenth most in the Premier League and thirteenth most among central midfielders (min 10 appearances)
0.7 – Dispossessions per 90 minutes, eleventh fewest among central midfielders (min 10 appearances)
0.6 – Successful dribbles per 90 minutes, seventeenth most among central midfielders (min 10 appearances)
9.1 – Ball recoveries per 90 minutes, second most in the Premier League (min 10 appearances)
66.9 – Passes per 90 minutes, twenty first most in the Premier League and seventh most among central midfielders (min 10 appearances)
89.4% – Pass completion percentage, fourteenth most among in the Premier League and ninth most among central midfielders (min 10 appearances)
There isn’t much to add, Torreira has been an amazing player for Arsenal and if he adds goals to his already stellar play that would just be icing on the cake. Every match I see him play makes me even more impressed with him and happy that he is wearing the Red and White of Arsenal.
5 – Tackles, led all players
0 – Times dribbled past
1 – Interception
9 – Final third entry passes completed, led all players
2 – Chances created, 0.54 xA created
0.73 – xG Chain created, third highest among all players
0.53 – Positive passing value added, led all players
-0.31 – Negative passing value added, also led all players
Granit Xhaka was really missed Wednesday against Manchester United and made his influence felt in this match. In a midfield that was light on creative talent, Xhaka was tasked with carrying a bigger load in this match. He responded by creating two chances, both ended up being big chances and ones that often would turn into goals on other days. With the partnership next to Torreira he has looked much better defensively and that was no different here as he led all players in tackles and clearances.
There is still some trouble in his game that are frustrating, especially with his passing. He is a very good passer but he all too often will make a handful of really bad passes that a player of his caliber should not make. This can be seen in his passing value added numbers for the match. He led all players in positive value but also had the highest negative value, ending up with the second best overall numbers.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Missed chances
2 – Big chances for Aubameyang against Huddersfield
12 – Non-penalty big chances for Aubameyang this season
0% – Big Chance’s for Aubameyang on target against Huddersfield
50% – Big Chance’s for Aubameyang on target this season
69% – League Average % of big chances put on target this season
0% – Conversion rate for Aubameyang for big chances against Huddersfield
42% – Conversion rate for Aubameyang for big chances this season
37% – League Average Conversion rate for big chances this season
Aubameyang had the two best chances for Arsenal in this match but was unable to convert either of them. That is unusual for him this season as he has been very clinical about converting his chances. Even after these misses he has produced goals at an impressive rate given the shots that he has had.
This was brought up on the Arsecast Extra and here is the answer to Andrew and James question, he is currently at 7.2 xG this season and he has 9 goals (non-penalty). In this match I had his 4 shots with a total of 0.8 xG. You’d like your striker to score a goal from those chances and given those chances Aubameyang scores at least one about 58% of the time.
While I don’t like to see him miss, I am happy to see Aubameyang back at the center forward position terrorizing defenders.
Sources: Opta via Whoscored, StatsZone and my own database