ARSENAL 4-1 LEEDS UNITED: BY THE VISUALS
ARSENAL 4-1 LEEDS UNITED: BY THE NUMBERS
6 – Arsenal entered Saturday’s game against Leeds United boasting an impressive record, having won six out of their last seven Premier League meetings without facing defeat.
The home team was slow out of the traps and had to rely on Aaron Ramsdale to make a good save to prevent Rasmus Kristensen from scoring in the opening 15 seconds (0.02 xG). Gabriel Jesus missed a great opportunity to score (0.30 xG) by heading over from seven yards around ten minutes in, but would make amends from the penalty spot (0.79 xG, 0.87 xGOT) after being fouled inside the box by former Arsenal youngster Luke Ayling.
4 – Penalties have been given in four out of five previous Premier League encounters involving Arsenal and Leeds United.
3 – Arsenal won their third penalty of the season when Ayling caught Jesus with a stray boot having attempted to make a sliding challenge inside his own box.
At half-time, the statistics overwhelmingly favoured the league leaders as Arsenal dominated possession with a commanding 65%, recorded a higher number of shots (6 with 5 inside the box) compared to their opponents’ 3. In addition, Arsenal won more ground duels (35 to their opponents’ 23) and also won more aerial duels (14 to 9). Despite the lackluster start to the game where it appeared that the international break may have affected the team, The Gunners eventually asserted complete control over the match.
Arsenal doubled their lead in the second half with Ben White scoring his second goal (0.81 xG, 0.97 xGOT) of the season. Jesus secured his brace by finishing a cross (0.76 xG) from Leandro Trossard, before being substituted for Bukayo Saka, who missed out due to illness.
Leeds pulled a goal back through Kristensen (0.10 xG), but Granit Xhaka sealed the win with a goal (0.18 xG, 0.73 xGOT) from a delicious Martin Odegaard pass.
7 – Arsenal have now scored four or more goals during a single game seven times this season.
28 – Touches in the box for Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli recorded ten, the most of any player, and made two passes into the area (second behind Granit Xhaka (3)).
7 – Jesus’ brace means he’s now on seven league goals for the season, and also ended a six-month goal drought – which included three months out with a knee injury.
27 – Arsenal have now scored in 27 of their 29 Premier League games this season – more often than any other side.
5 – Five Arsenal players have now scored 5+ Premier League goals this season: Gabriel Jesus, Martin Ødegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and the newest entry, Granit Xhaka.
109 – Oleksandr Zinchenko played the most passes of any payer with 109 attempts (80.7% completion rate). He made six progressive passes (ranked third for the match), 88 carries (most) and recorded 116 touches (most).
7 – Leandro Trossard now has seven assists in Arsenal colours. Bukayo Saka is the only Arsenal player with more assists THIS SEASON.
7 – Arsenal became the first team to win seven Premier League games in a row this season.
GABRIEL MARTINELLI’S GAME BY NUMBERS
61 touches, 5 take-ons completed (most), 4 progressive carries, 4 shots, 2 fouls won, 6 shot creating actions and 1 assist
GABRIEL JESUS’ GAME BY NUMBERS
59 minutes played, 46 touches, 4 duels won, 2 fouls won, 11 take-ons, 4 shots, 2 shots on target, 2 goals and 5 shot creating actions
9 – Cup finals to go.
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Sources: Opta, fbref, @Orbinho twitter feed