I was pretty down on Arsenal after the West Ham match, that made my confidence going into this match against Chelsea pretty low. Before kickoff I was really hoping to avoid an embarrassment and a repeat of the Liverpool beat down.
I was pleasantly surprised with this result and the performance the team put in.
Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: By the graphs
xG Shot Map
Shot Placement xG Map
Simulated Match Result
Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: By the numbers
61 – Defensive Actions (tackles, interceptions, blocked passes and fouls) against Chelsea, the highest total for Arsenal this season and tied for 7th highest in the Premier League this season.
33 – Total tackles for Arsenal in this match, the highest total for Arsenal this season and the highest total for a Premier League team this season.
9 – Total tackles for Lucas Torreira in this match, leading all players.
72% – Tackle success rate for Arsenal in this match, 33 tackles out of 46 duels
42 – Clearances made by Arsenal in this match, the highest total for Arsenal this season and tied for the 28th highest total in the Premier League this season.
13 – Clearances made by Laurent Koscielny in this match, leading all players.
39% – Chelsea’s pass completion on passes into the box, 26 completed of 66 attempted. For comparison Arsenal completed 55% of their 27 attempts.
92% – Chelsea’s percentage of their season average for shots in this match, (14 vs 15.4)
81% – Chelsea’s percentage of their season average for shots from the “Danger Zone” in this match, (5 vs 6.2)
43% – Chelsea’s percentage of their season average for shots classified as “Big Chances” in this match, (1 vs 2.3)
This was a very good defensive performance from Arsenal. The put up the highest defensive counting stats of the season and while Chelsea had a few moments of danger, the Arsenal defense was well in control of this match.
The thing that really stands out for me is how well Arsenal were able to blunt the Chelsea attack in the second half. Chelsea had nearly 70% of the ball, but were only able to manage 7 total shots, of which only 3 came from inside the box and only one from the central zones that I call the “Danger Zone.”
Get Well Soon Hector Bellerin
81.6% – Bellerin’s pass completion percentage against Chelsea, 3rd best on Arsenal.
38 – Passes attempted, 3rd most on Arsenal
1 – Assist
2 – Dribbles, led Arsenal
2 – Tackles
3 – Interceptions
3 – Clearances
1 – Blocked Shot
2 – Aerial Duels won of 3
After suffering an injury that sidelined him for the Holiday schedule it was very nice to have Bellerin back in the team, if only to not have to see Stephan Lichtsteiner on a regular basis anymore.
This hasn’t been the greatest season from Bellerin but of all the players that Arsenal could afford to lose for a long time the difference between the starter and the back up is probably the largest gap in talent.
I was hopeful that as the season went on Bellerin would grow into his role because in Unai Emery’s system the fullbacks carry a large attacking role and I think that suited Bellerin’s skills. I hope that he heals as quick as possible and that he can come back even better after this injury. Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson will have big shoes to fill.
Bring me more of these three man midfields
21 – Ball recoveries made the Arsenal three, led by 11 for Granit Xhaka.
5 – Fouls committed by Granit Xhaka in this match, leading all players. I actually didn’t mind these fouls as many of them were the cynical variety to break up Chelsea attacks. He also was able to escape without a booking which is even more impressive.
3 – Aerial Duels won by the Arsenal three
0 – Aerial Duels won by the Chelsea three
2 – Times dispossessed by the Arsenal three
11 – Times dispossessed by the Chelsea three
15 – Tackles for the Arsenal three
5 – Tackles by the Chelsea three
0.5 – xG Assisted by the Arsenal three
0.08 – xG Assisted by the Chelsea three
Going to a midfield three in front of a back four seems to produce much better results for Arsenal. The three players that Arsenal have seem to compliment each other well and in this match against one of the strongest midfields in all of football the trio more than held their own.
Bring me more of this and I will be a happy stats collector and soccer watcher.
Sources: Opta via whoscored, StatsZone and my own data base