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Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: By the numbers – Arseblog News

This match is never easy and getting any points always feels like a little bit of luck. This match before kick-off is a way to gauge Arsenal against one of the best teams in the world.

I think we have a clear answer for how Arsenal rank, have made a lot of progress on their unbeaten run, but the team still has a long way to go to compete with elite teams.

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: Through graphics

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You may have noticed that these graphs have changed slightly, I wanted to further illustrate the uncertainty inherent in ratings footage with xG. I wrote more about it here https://www.crabstats.xyz/thinking-about-uncertosystem/

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Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: By the numbers

5 – Shots for Arsenal, for the fifth time this season, Arsenal have had less than 10 shots in a game.

19 – Arsenal conceded, for the sixth time this season Arsenal have conceded more than 15 shots.

5 – Arsenal’s touchdown in the box is the least they have had this season and a draw is the least they have since April 3, 2021, where they also won five goals against Liverpool.

39 – The number of touches in the Liverpool box is the third most Arsenal have allowed this season and the fifth time this season Arsenal have allowed 30 or more touches in the box.

77.1% – Arsenal’s pass completion rate, their 4th lowest this season and 5th time they have a pass rate under 80%

86.6% – Liverpool’s pass completion rate is the third highest allowed by Arsenal this season and the seventh time a team has had more than 80 per cent pass completion against Arsenal.

82.1% – Arsenal’s average passing percentage this season makes it the third-easiest team to pass in the Premier League.

One of the things that this match made clear was how little difficulty Arsenal caused Liverpool. Liverpool (like Chelsea and Manchester City before them) had one of their best chances of creating chances of the season against Arsenal while limiting Arsenal from putting much glove on them.

Another notable point of this match is that Arsenal is a relatively easy opponent to play. Teams have little difficulty completing passes facing them with an overall pass completion rate of 82.1% compared to (third easiest), when the passes have a defined goal, the pass find their intended goal 87.8% of the time (easiest). Arsenal’s number of passes allowed in the opponent’s half per defensive action is the highest (press low) in the Premier League. Arsenal averaged 124 pressures (a measure of how often a defender challenges a player to pass, carry or receive the ball), third lowest and, if adjusted for possession, ranked last. Arsenal also finished last in turning pressure events into spins, with just 34 pressurized games per game.

I think the opening (25 minutes) of the game was pretty good from Arsenal, where Arsenal tried to limit the threat from Liverpool but the sign of the problem was mainly because Liverpool were doing the opposite. what Arsenal are doing when under pressure. . Some stats from that opening period:

3 – Passes completed in Liverpool’s box (pretty good), Arsenal 1 lead.

26 – The final third pass attempt by Liverpool, Arsenal managed 8.

5.9 – Arsenal defensive half-finished passes per Liverpool defensive action, Arsenal’s PPDA of 16.1

95% – Arsenal’s pass completion ratio compared to expected passes completion, a number below 100% means they completed fewer passes than expected. Liverpool’s rate is 103%

first – Shot within 12 meters of goal for both teams

3 – Matches started within 40 yards in front of Arsenal’s goal for Liverpool, Arsenal got the score 0.

Liverpool didn’t put too much pressure, partly because Arsenal didn’t hold the ball long enough but when Arsenal got hold of the ball, Liverpool won the ball back very effectively.

6,7 – The number of passes Arsenal managed in their half per Liverpool defensive action.

37.9% – Percentage of Liverpool pressure cases where they win the ball back within 5 seconds.

57.6% – Arsenal’s rate of receiving passes to attack (Aubameyang – 37%, Lacazette – 43%, Saka – 69%, Smith Rowe – 66% and Ødegaard – 81%)

27.8% – Arsenal’s possession rate when they can penetrate the attacking third of the pitch.

This is really related to another issue that I’m really impressed with Liverpool. After taking a 2-0 lead against Arsenal, they controlled the game quite easily.

66% – Liverpool possessed as part of the attempted pass.

sixty four% – Percentage of pitch (last third of possession) in Liverpool’s favor

109% – Liverpool’s pass completion ratio compared to expected passes completion, a number below 100% means they completed fewer passes than expected.

14 – The number of their pass chains completed 7 or more passes

7 – Possessions for Liverpool start within 40 yards of Arsenal’s goal

2 – Liverpool were allowed to take shots, both relatively adept with a total expected goal value of 0.11.

5 – The shot for Liverpool, converted to 2 goals from 2.4 goals expected.

What Liverpool did in this match is what I wish Arsenal could do against weaker teams when they took the lead. They weren’t nearly as heavyweight with a pressing style of play with their PPDA up (low pressure) to 7.4 but still higher than Arsenal managed for any length of time in this game, but still very effective at stopping them. prevent Arsenal from developing attacks.

They were also very effective in attack as halftime quickly spilled onto the pitch but also used their possession as a form of defence, methodically hitting the ball before halftime.

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Arsenal are hiding in shame in this picture after Leeds and Burnley

All in all, this match shows that Arsenal still have a way to go to the top of the table and perhaps still need to prove themselves to rise out of the messy quagmire of mediocre strikers.

@oh_that_crab

Source: Opta via whoscored, statszone, understand and my own database. StatsBomb via fbref.

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