Arsenal wins again while continuing the run of Arteta not losing in the FA Cup as a manager.
Before we get too far, for this match I was only able to watch the first 25 minutes live before I had to switch over to the radio commentary. So I will probably do less analysis here because I heard the descriptions of the match, rather than watching myself (beyond the match of the day highlights).
Let’s dig in.
Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: By the graphs
On the Andy Carroll shot in the 56th minute, the flag goes up from the linesman but in the event data, it looks like the offside is never actually given. The next action is a substitution and when play restarts it is from a goal kick and not a free-kick. The replay showed that he was onside so this is a truer reflection of what “should” have counted but also highlights how small things can change single match interpretations.
Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: By the numbers
2 – Big chances for both teams during regular time
0.4 – xG of Arsenal’s big chances (Aubameyang 60′, Willock 64′)
1.2 – xG of Newcastle’s big chances (Carroll 56′, 90’+2)
9 – Passes completed into the box during regular time for Arsenal
10 – Passes completed into the box during regular time for Newcastle
20 – Open play cross attempts for Arsenal during regular time, completing 4
14 – Open play cross attempts for Newcastle during regular time, completing 3
18 – Touches in the box for Arsenal during regular time
15 – Touches in the box for Newcastle during regular time
60% – Possession for Arsenal during regular time
During regular time this match was very even, and with the better scoring chances going to Newcastle very well could have ended with them winning. Running a match simulation on the regular time shots says Newcastle win about 58% of the time.
8 – Shots for Arsenal in the extra periods
0 – Shots for Newcastle in the extra period
1 – Big chance for Arsenal in the extra period
0.6 – xG of the big chance (Aubameyang goal)
10 – Passes completed in the box by Arsenal in the extra period
1 – Pass completed in the box by Newcastle in the extra period
7 – Open play cross attempts in the extra period by Arsenal, completing 2
5 – Open play cross attempts in the extra period by Newcastle, completing 0
16 – Touches in the box for Arsenal in the extra period
4 – Touches in the box for Newcastle in the extra period
In the extra periods, Arsenal was the dominant and the only team that looked like they wanted to win the match instead of going to penalty kicks.
Emile Smith-Rowe vs Willian
Presented without comment because I think watching this with one’s eyes would be very important.
|Emile Smith Rowe||Willian|
|Passes Completed in the box||0||1|
|Final third entry passes||0||3|
|Average Pass Length||12.0||16.7|
|Touches in the box||2||3|
Make of this what you will.
Kieran Teirney has a stormer
62 – Passes completed, third-most on Arsenal
10 – Progressive passes completed, led Arsenal
5 – Passes completed in the box, led Arsenal
6 – Key passes (1 assist, 0.9 xA), led Arsenal
2 – Shots (0 on target, 0.13 xG), tied for third-most on Arsenal
3 – Touches in the box
1 – Dribble completed
1 – Tackle
2 – Interceptions
One of the things that came through on the radio commentary and the highlights is that Kieran Teriney was everywhere and doing everything in this match. The stats that he put up in this match back that up. It has been fun to see him be given more attacking freedom and he has repaid the faith that Mikel Arteta has shown him with some very good attacking production. It is very easy to see why he is becoming a fan favorite.
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Sources: Opta Via Whoscored, my own database