The result didn’t go Arsenal’s way in the end but it was a fun match. I find it really hard to get upset about losing in the League Cup. It is by far the least important competition that Arsenal play in and one that I don’t take very seriously before the final.
What I want to see is that young players get a chance to play and that the matches are entertaining. This checked all of the boxes expect for coming away with a win. There will be plenty of time to worry about the results to come without dwelling too long on this one.
Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal: By the graphs
xG Shot Map
Shot Placement xG Map
Simulated Match Results
Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal: By the numbers
3.99 – Arsenal’s xG in this match, the highest mark that the Arsenal have produced (League and Europa League only) since November 29, 2017 Arsenal created 4.2 xG against Huddersfield in a 5-0 win.
33.9% – Arsenal’s possession in this match
37 – Touches in the box for Arsenal, 7% of their total 513 touches. Liverpool had 33 touches in the box which was 4% of their total touches.
4 – Passes into the box completed by Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mesut Özil, tied for most among all players.
2 – Shots in the danger zone taken from feet for Liverpool in this match.
21 – Tackles for Arsenal, led by Bukayo Saka with 5.
14 – Interceptions for Arsenal, led by Ainsley Maitland-Niles with 4.
This is an interesting match statistically. Arsenal had one of their best attacking performances of the Unai Emery era. Arsenal did well to keep Liverpool mostly away from their final third and funneled into the wide areas, and when they had their turn to attack, they were direct and created many dangerous chances. In most matches with these shot distributions Arsenal should come away with victorious more often that not. In the end Liverpool finished well and came away with a win on penalty kicks.
Gabriel Martinelli is easy to love
4 – Shots, led Arsenal
2 – Goals, led all players
1.94 – Expected goals, led all players (0.49 xG per shot)
1 – Key Pass
1 – Foul drawn
1 – Tackle
1 – Clearance
It is so easy to watch Martinelli and find your self appreciating everything that he does for Arsenal. His ability to find space to get shots is truly impressive for a player his age, adding on his ability to find himself in really good scoring opportunities and he looks like he is something very special. In this match he was Arsenal’s most dangerous player and was a constant pain in the side of Liverpool. The more I watch him play, the more that I am impressed with him.
Lucas Torreira makes a case to start
27 – Passes completed, 2nd on Arsenal
3 – Final third entries, 2nd on Arsenal
4 – Shots, tied for most on Arsenal
1.35 – Expected goals, 2nd on Arsenal
2 – Fouls drawn
1 – Tackle
1 – Interception
Torreira has been on the fringe of Arsenal’s midfield this season but this performance (in combination with the other issues facing the club) has given himself a strong case to get more playing time. Emery has pushed him further up the field from defensive midfield and it has unlocked attacking talent that I didn’t realize that he had. In this match, he looked to be everywhere and was truly a box to box midfielder.
Sources: Opta via whoscored and my own database