After the winterlull it was nice to come back to Arsenal getting their first win, in what feels like forever. The scoreline looks great but it is flattered a bit by two late goals in what was ultimately a deserved win for the gunners.
Hopefully with two more matches in this seven day period, Arsenal can take this and create some momentum.
Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle: By the graphs
xG Shot Map Simulated Match Results
Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle: By the numbers
36 – Touches in the box for Arsenal
19 – Touches in the box for Newcastle
12 – Very deep completions (passes within 15 meters of goal) for Arsenal
5 – Very deep completions for Newcastle
10 – Shots in prime locations (11 meters or closer) for Arsenal
8 – Shots in prime for Newcastle
0 – Four goal leads blown! Going up 4-0 doesn’t feel as bad when Arsenal can hold on to the clean sheet!
Arsenal dominated in getting the ball into deep positions but the number of deep possessions for Newcastle (not known for their attacking ability) is probably a worry, especially with how many of those turned into shots.
3 – Shots, second among all players
0.37 – xG, second on Arsenal
4 – Key passes, tied for first among all players
3 – Big Chances created, led all players
0.86 – Shot Assisted xG, led all players
8 – Touches in the box, led all players
2 – Successful dribbles, tied for third among all players
2 – Carries into the box, tied for third among all players
16 – Progressive carries (carrying the ball 10% closer to goal), led all players
11 – Progressive passes (passing the ball 20% closer to goal), led all players
9 – Completed passes in the box, led all players
2 – Tackles, of 2 attempted, tied for most on Arsenal
1 – Interception
WHAT A GAME!
This is the kind of match that you expect from you record transfer signing. Pepe did everything for Arsenal and even was impressive and turning dangerous dribbling into end product, which is something that has been missing from his game this season. Hopefully this is something that will lead to more great performances from Pepe.
Eddie gets a start up top
33 – Touches for Eddie Nketiah, fewest among outfield players who started.
5 – Touches in the box for Nketiah, tied for second most on Arsenal.
2 – Shots for Nketiah, tied for third on Arsenal.
0 – Key passes
0.39 – xG from those two shots
5 – Times lost possession, 2nd most on Arsenal
0 – Dribbles
It was a big move to drop Alexandre Lacazette for Eddie Nketiah by Mikel Arteta and I am not sure it exactly worked out. It made some sense considering the form that Lacazette was in but Nketiah struggled to link play in a similar way that Lacazette typically does and he often found himself disconnected from the Arsenal attack. That being said, Nketiah did have a great chance to put Arsenal ahead and found himself in dangerous spots more often that you would expect for a player on the ball so little.
Sources: Opta via whoscored, staszone, and my own database.