Arsenal 2018/19: By the numbers

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Arsenal Offense: By the numbers

467 – Shots for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, good for 11th most.

94 – Shots by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading Arsenal (8th overall) and 20% of Arsenal’s total.

375 – Shots from Open Play for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, 6th most.

81 – Shots from Open Play by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading Arsenal (6th overall) and 22% of Arsenal’s total.

78 – Big Chances for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, good for 9th most. (Big chances are an Opta statistic defined as A situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score, usually in a one on one scenario or from very close range when the ball has a clear path to goal and there is low to moderate pressure on the shooter.)

32 – Big Chances for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading Arsenal (and the League) and 41% of Arsenal’s total.

144 – Shots within 12 meters of the center of the goal in the Premier League this season, 4th most.

41 – Shots within 12 meters of the center of the goal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading Arsenal (4th overall) and 29% of Arsenal’s total.

97 – Shots within 12 meters of the center of the goal taken from feet in the Premier League this season, 2nd most.

34 – Shots within 12 meters of the center of the goal taken from feet for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading Arsenal (1st overall) and 35% of Arsenal’s total.

101 – Shots within 12 meters of the center of the goal from Open Play in the Premier League this season, 3rd most.

170 – Shots on target for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, 7th most.

40 – Shots on target for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading Arsenal (8th overall) and 24% of Arsenal’s total.

43.3% – Arsenal’s on target conversion rate (Goals/Shots on Target), the highest in the League.

83.3% – Mesut Özil’s on target conversion rate (Goals/Shots on Target), the highest on Arsenal (2nd overall) with a minimum of 10 shot attempts.

15.9% – Arsenal’s overall conversion rate (Goals/Total Shots), the highest in the League.

45.5% – Mesut Özil’s conversion rate (Goals/ Total Shots), the highest on Arsenal (1st overall) with a minimum of 10 shot attempts.

22 – Shots assisted by a cut back (for this a pass must start from the deep half space of the box and be shot in the center section of the box) by Arsenal this season, 2nd most. Overall Arsenal got 7 goals, 13 big chances and a total of 10.1 xG from these shots.

27.3 – Touches in the box per match for Arsenal, 4th most.

204 – Touches in the box for Alexandre Lacazette, leading Arsenal (7th overall).

182.5 – Touches in the final third per match for Arsenal, 5th most.

717 – Touches in the final third for Alexandre Lacazette, leading Arsenal (35th overall).

214 – Completed final third entry passes by Granit Xhaka, leading Arsenal (3rd overall) and 54% of Arsenal’s total.

89 – Completed passes into the box by Alex Iwobi, leading Arsenal (14th overall) and 14% of Arsenal’s total.

479 – Crosses completed by Arsenal, 11th most.

31 – Crosses completed by Granit Xhaka, leading Arsenal (28th overall) and 7% of Arsenal’s total.

45 – Key passes by Mesut Özil, leading Arsenal (29th overall).

304 – Successful dribbles for Arsenal, 12th most.

46 – Successful dribbles by Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette, leading Arsenal (25th overall).

123 – Turnovers (Dispossessed + Bad Touch) by Alexandre Lacazette, leading Arsenal (25th overall).

496 – Total giveaways (Dispossessed, Bad Touch, missed pass, caught offside, shots out of play) by Granit Xhaka, leading Arsenal (33rd overall).

31.2% – Percentage of giveaways per offensive action for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading Arsenal (102nd overall).

16.7 – Offensive Value Added (a stat that looks at ball progression, shooting and creative actions) for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading Arsenal (8th overall).

Arsenal Defense: By the numbers

496 – Shots allowed by Arsenal, 11th most.

365 – Open play shots allowed by Arsenal, 10th most.

81 – Big Chances allowed by Arsenal, 7th most.

118 – Shots within 12 meters of the center of the goal allowed by Arsenal, 14th most.

74 – Shots within 12 meters of the center of the goal from Open Play allowed by Arsenal, 10th most.

183 – Shots on target allowed by Arsenal, 7th most.

36.9% – Percentage of shots allowed that were on target for Arsenal, 5th highest.

10.1% – Overall conversion rate allowed by Arsenal, 5th best.

27.3% – On target conversion rate allowed by Arsenal, 3rd best.

132 – Shots saved by Arsenal, 5th highest.

118 – Shots blocked, 14th highest.

17 – Shots blocked by Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis leading Arsenal.

609 – Tackles for Arsenal, 15th most.

65 – Tackles by Lucas Torreira, led Arsenal (39th overall) 11% of Arsenal’s total.

307 – Dribbled past for Arsenal, 12th most.

35 – Dribbled past by Granit Xhaka, highest on Arsenal (33rd overall).

59.4% – Dribbled past percent for Mesut Özil, highest on Arsenal (2nd overall) with a minimum of 10 tackles attempted.

412 – Interceptions for Arsenal, 13th most.

58 – Interceptions by Shkodran Mustafi, led Arsenal (25th overall) 14% of Arsenal’s total.

Note: I was going to add a mailbag portion with questions from twitter to this post but once I got to this part after doing the post was already getting pretty long. I decided that I will split that off into its own separate post. If you have any stats related questions that you would like answered leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer as many of those as I can in addition to the questions from twitter. Look for that later this week.

Sources: Opta via Whoscored and my own database.

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Dimnaka Adigwe
Dimnaka Adigwe

Cut back FC

C.B.
C.B.

Thanks Scott, interesting as always. Keep up the good work!

Have a relaxing summer break.

TheG
TheG

60 % of the time Mustafi is shit all the time.

Martin
Martin

You’re wrong. Most of the time he is a competent defender but sadly is prone to the most appalling errors.

TheG
TheG

It’s supposed to be wrong. It’s from a movie. (The first part)

Burn Baby Burn
Burn Baby Burn

Do you have any info on overall errors leading to goals?

Also since he’s a fairly deserved whipping boy, Mustafi mistakes (not just error, but failing to track a defender, not jumping, busy complaining or lying on the ground) leading to goals?

Tired
Tired

Thanks Scott, always an interesting read. It would be worth looking at a break down of some of the key stats split by home and away. Also maybe some key partnerships between players (bellerin + mustafi, lacca Aube), and performance before and after loss of hector or return of kos

Chippys chip
Chippys chip

How the fuck is Cech allowed to take a job at chavski next season before we play them in a cup final which he will probably play in ??? He simply must not play. Always had my suspicions about him. Lack of penalty saves etc

Chippys chip
Chippys chip

Wow ok let him play and lets see how that turns out

Chippys chip
Chippys chip

Dicks

AP86
AP86

Don’t be the chip on chippys shoulder.

I’ll grab my coat now. No downvotes from me. In fact I upvoted your latest comment

Goonerink

Any other job and he’s on garden leave to be fair

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

Thanks Scott. I don’t suppose you have any data on how Auba’s goals per game ratio since he joined us compares to Thierry Henry’s or Ian Wright’s (or Cliff Bastin’s 😁) at the start of their Arsenal careers? Cheers.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

Hi Scott, any chance you’d be able to look at the type of shot chance we created as the season progressed? I have a feeling that a combination of Bellerin’s injury and teams sussing out the Kolasinac cut back was why we struggled later in the season so we stopped creating this kind of chance, but it would be good to see if the stats back this up/disprove it

djourou's nutmeg
djourou's nutmeg

thanks for the info scott! i had written a comment but i misclicked and lost it, so here’s a short and less polite version of it:

would like to know the percentage of successful cutback passes or crosses inside the area made by kolasinac; the amount of headed shots resulting from a cross from open play; the amount of big chances missed by auba and laca in comparison with other strikers.

it would be interesting to see you using expected goals and/or a comparison with last season’s data to reflect on the progress made during this campaign

sorry for the rawness but had put all my fancy writing in the other comment. thanks again for the post

Alwaysagooner
Alwaysagooner

Thanks, Scott!

If we are 9th in Big Chances created and 7th in most Big Chances allowed (I’m assuming that means 13 teams defended better by allowing fewer big chances?) – isn’t it remarkable we finished 5th?

i.e., does that mean we finished much higher than expected?

Can you also please share our Xg stats please?

Alwaysagooner
Alwaysagooner

Follow-up:

Would be great to see where we rank on net Big Chances and net Xg – would expect that to track closer to our league position.

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

Just to add to that, something compiling all the results of the simulations of the game results, if that’s possible, the simulations where you look at the % chance that each team scored x number of goals, and simulated match outcomes: win, draw, loss.

Thanks.

Devlin
Devlin

This is the best statistical description of Mesut I have ever seen. He is the most creative player in the team and also the worst tackler in the side.

He has always been that, and will always be that. Good creatively and bad at tackling.

Tactically, he will do well when he is in a side that needs creativity and has a defensive foundation that requires him to defend by closing down passing lanes instead of tackling.

We are in need of creativity in the middle, but we don’t play through the middle. We run and tackle a lot, but positionally we are beyond weak, we are disastrous. Thats why Torreira can play well, win tackles and we somehow still concede chances.

Mesut is in a side that isn’t good enough defensively, in a tactical sense, for him to thrive. He might be a special player but he is wasting his talent and Arsenal’s money by remaining at the club. Unfortunately he is our franchise player and i wonder how much of a commercial hit we would take if he left.

SeryxMe

Good job Scott! I’m personally interested in how many goals Auba would have scored if he’d converted all his BIG misses. Also compare his big chance conversion rate with the top goalscorers in EPL. Same for Lacazette.