This was a disappointing result with a weekend of mixed results for Arsenal.
Arsenal picked up a point relative to last season (this was a loss last year) but were expecting all three. Arsenal are also 5 points better than. they were last season after 21 matches played
Two of their competitors for the top four lost, but one was against another direct competitor who jumped over Arsenal. With the number of matches played varying the table is sort of lying at the moment.
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It wasn’t the best weekend for Arsenal but Arsenal are still right in the middle of the fight for top four.
Arsenal 0-0 Burnley: By the graphics
Arsenal 0-0 Burnley: By the numbers
20 – Shots for Arsenal, this is the 7th time that Arsenal have taken 20 or more shots this season in the Premier League. Arsenal only had 20 or more shots twice last season.
0.07 – Arsenal’s average expected goals (xG) per shot in this match. This is the third-lowest average for Arsenal this season (Brentford 0.05, Brighton 0.045)
2 – Shots in prime locations (within 12 yards of goal) in this match.
3.3 – Touches in the box per shot in the box. Third-highest touch in the box per shot in the box ratio for Arsenal.
18.5 – Arsenal’s average distance for shots in yards. the fifth-highest average distance this season.
23% – The probability of Arsenal scoring zero goals with the expected conversion values of the shots Arsenal took in this match. It is 20% if you only consider the shots that were on target (5).
35 – Crosses attempted by Arsenal in this match. 4 were completed and 3 turned into shots.
23 – Crosses attempted by Arsenal from open play in this match. 2 were completed and 1 became a shot.
The stats from this match are very mixed. On the one hard Arsenal took plenty of shots and created chances that in most matches would have been sufficient to score at least one goal. On the other hand, this match for long stretches never felt dangerous for Burnley.
Arsenal weren’t especially ponderous in this match, by my calculations they averaged a speed towards goal of 2.1 yards per second in possession, which is not far off the 2.2 yards per second that they average this season. Arsenal did have periods of long uninterrupted possession, with 27 possession chains consisting of 10 or more passes but these also led to Arsenal advancing towards the Burnley goal, with 65 touches within 25 yards of goal (2nd most this season). What didn’t happen was turning possession in promising positions into clear-cut chances (just 1 big chance in this match, Lacazette 67′). The non-shot expected goals race chart (a measure of the probability of scoring based on where events are taking place but only for actions that are not shots) illustrate this well, especially in contrast to the expected goal race chart.
This is always the struggle against a team that is putting 9-10 men behind the ball. In this match. In this match Arsenal resorted to lots of low and medium quality chances, with many trying to go through multiple Burnley defenders, leading to 7 of Arsenal’s shots being blocked before it could threaten the goal.
Arsenal also resorted to attempting lots of crosses in this match, with Kieran Tierney and Gabrial Martinelli attempting 7 crosses from open play. This was something that Burnley don’t really mind teams to trying against them, especially when the crosses are coming in the air, which 20 of the 23 Arsenal attempted were.
Getting the first goal against Burlney is tough, they are not a good team but they are a stubborn defense that ranks as the 10th hardest to create chances on when the game is tied. Arsenal threatened but couldn’t find the breakthrough.
37 – Seconds that Burnley took on average for their 10 goal kicks in this match. Arsenal took on average 24 seconds for their 8 goal kicks.
21 – Seconds that Burnley took on average for their 11 throw-ins in this match. Arsenal took on average 11 seconds for their 20 throw-ins.
35 – Seconds that Burnley took on average for their 13 freekicks and corner kicks. Arsenal took on average 24 seconds for their 25 freekicks and corner kicks.
112 – Total possessions in this match for both teams (56 each). A possession is when a team is in control of the ball and is able to string together 3 attacking events consecutively or take a shot. By definition, each team will have an even number (plus or minus one) by this measure. This is the fewest possessions that Arsenal have had in a match this season and I think is a reflection of Burnley trying to shorten the game and take advantage of variance in their favor, with fewer chances for the superior talent of Arsenal to show through.
60 – Minutes of the ball in play time by my calculations. The average ball in play time for the Premier League this season is 60.07 minutes.
Burnley certainly tried to milk as much clock as they could in this match but ultimately the game time was typical for a Premier League match. It is frustrating to see players move in slow motion when they are looking to get the ball back into play and I think that the referees should deal with yellow cards earlier and actually back that threat with second yellows (sometimes it feels like once you’ve got your first one you are immune to keep doing it because the outrage of time-wasting red would be huge).
Ultimately, the answer is to institute a stop clock but the running clock thing for this sport is so ingrained with the pros and cons that come with it, that a change that big would probably be a non-starter.
Sources: Opta via whoscored, StatsZone, and my own database.