Arsenal made it 3 wins in a row as Mikel Arteta’s side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners on a snowy night away to West Brom. It’s amazing what a week can do in football as Arsenal have gone from potential relegation candidates to only 3 points off a European place after 3 wins. It is also very pleasing to batter a Sam Allardyce team after he ran his mouth claiming Arsenal were relegation rivals for his West Brom team.
Let’s take a look at the data to see if we can gain any insight into the game.
Arsenal largely dominated proceedings and tore Allardyce’s West Brom side to pieces until they eased off after 75 minutes. Mikel Arteta will be delighted to see Arsenal capitalising on a period of dominance and putting a game to bed without any disciplinary problems affecting proceedings. These promising underlying numbers make these wins even more encouraging as Arsenal are justifiably winning these games and put up our best xG total (3.79) for the season according to Scott’s By The Numbers. If we can replicate these kinds of performances consistently then things are definitely looking on the upward trend for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.
Here are the Pass Maps for all of the Arsenal Starting XI (the dot denotes the end location of the pass). Arsenal dominated the flanks, as Emile Smith Rowe moved from flank to flank helping Arsenal get in behind the West Brom defence and consistently creating problems for Big Sam’s side. Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin were firmly placed in the West Brom half as Arsenal dominated possession and territory and suffocated West Brom.
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This is further shown by Scott’s Passing Networks where we see Bellerin and Tierney high up the pitch with our left hand side group of Mari, Tierney, Xhaka and Aubameyang being our best method of ball progression. Bukayo Saka’s role on the right wing has allowed him to have more of a presence in the Final Third as the Hale End graduate has proved to be arguably our most important player in recent weeks.
The above shows the progressive passes from each team. Arsenal managed to consistently progress the ball down the flanks. West Brom found joy down Arsenal’s right hand side but it did not lead to many troubling moments for Arsenal.
Above are the passes into the penalty area from both sides. These numbers may seem a bit off but it can be explained by the presence of a group of proficient dribblers (Saka, ESR, Tierney etc.) who allowed Arsenal to get into the West Brom penalty area at ease.
That’s it for today. Arsenal play Newcastle in the FA Cup on Saturday before a midweek match against Crystal Palace at the Emirates as Mikel Arteta’s side will be looking to build on a very good week.
Data from Opta via WhoScored