EVERTON 0–1 ARSENAL: BY THE VISUALS
EVERTON 0–1 ARSENAL: BY THE NUMBERS
2 – Arsenal had managed to score just two goals in their last five visits to Goodison Park before Sunday’s fixture.
2 – With only two wins in our previous 11 Premier League visits (W2, D3, L6) and none in our last five (W0, D1, L4), The Gunners’ recent poor record at Everton had been widely publicised prior to kick-off.
1 – Yet the hosts had kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches and had won just one (W1, D1, L5) of their last seven league games at home.
Leandro Trossard’s goal marked the end of Arsenal’s disappointing run at Goodison Park, yet our performance in terms of chance creation remained unconvincing.
During a short corner, the ball was well-worked between Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Ødegaard before finding it’s way to Bukayo Saka, who delivered a cutback. Trossard steered it in via the far post (0.09 xG, 0.66 xGOT).
38 – Last season in the Premier League, Brentford, statistically the league’s slowest corner takers, averaged approximately 38 seconds per corner. The typical delay between a corner being awarded and a team taking it was 33 seconds. Arsenal’s short corner routine, which resulted in yesterday’s goal and seems to be a talking point, was executed in just 26 seconds.
16 – Since the beginning of last season, Arsenal have scored the most goals from corners in the Premier League.
223 – Arsenal recorded 223 touches in the opposition third, while Everton managed only 64. However, despite dominating field tilt and possession in general, Mikel Arteta’s side struggled to create meaningful opportunities.
109 – Benjamin White had more touches of the ball than anyone else, recorded 3 progressive carries, made 2 carries into the penalty area (1st overall), completed 13 long passes (1st outfield player overall) with a 77% completion rate, had 5 recoveries, and won 100% of his aerial duels. In a match where not much else stood out except for an earlier disallowed 19th-minute Martinelli goal, the Arsenal right back excelled.
13 – Declan Rice played thirteen passes into the final third (1st overall), completed 14 progressive passes (1st overall), made 3 interceptions (1st overall), and secured 4 recoveries. He single-handedly took on the physicality of Onana, Gueye, and Doucoure, winning the midfield battle. Our record signing has quickly settled into the team and our style of play and is a joy to watch.
7.7 – A non-penalty expected goals (npxG) tally of just under 8 from five games, despite facing relatively favourable fixtures, is not particularly impressive. While possession and territory have been strong, the execution of killer passes has been lacking and is an area that will be need to be improved.
10 – Eddie Nketiah had only made 10 touches before being substituted just three minutes before the goal. Eddie earned a call-up to the England squad following an impressive start to the season in red and white, but he struggled to assert himself during yesterday’s visit to Goodison Park and it might be time for Gabriel Jesus.
DAVID RAYA’S GAME BY NUMBERS
41 touches , 95% pass accuracy, 3x sweeper actions and 1 save.
The talking point prior to kick-off was the inclusion of David Raya over Aaron Ramsdale. Raya had a very good debut. He had to do very little in terms of shot-stopping, illustrating the complete dominance we had. However, his control in possession during a few pressured situations, his clipped balls out wide to the fullbacks, and his ability to claim crosses were all superb.
For all the talk about Arsenal starting the season poorly, we now find ourselves one point better off in the same five fixtures compared to last season. Although, this marks the third game out of five that we’ve won by a single goal.
However, the satisfaction of securing a victory on a ground that has recently been a tough place to visit shouldn’t be underestimated. This win extends our current season’s unbeaten run and places us within two points of league leaders Manchester City ahead of next weekend’s North London Derby.
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