Yesterday one of the most dramatic and emotional roller coaster seasons of Arsenal ended. After having the worst start in more than half a century, dropping as low as 17th place, losing every game in January, selling those two player that shall not be named, we still ended up 3rd and above our lovely neighbors.
Besides all that, Arsenal had a very interesting season statistics wise. The most common score line this season was “one nil to the arsenal”, scoring the most amount of own goals in the premier league (5), having 17 different scorers (tied 2nd for most in the league), having the most goals in one game (Manchester United 8-2, sorry), having the most points awarded from a losing position, scoring the most goals for the losing team (Blackburn 4-3, sorry again), having the highest number of combination in the back four (over 30 different combination), being awarded 0 penalties at the Emirates, and witnessing the most amount of twitches that ‘Arry Redknapp has ever done in a match (Arsenal – Tottenham 5-2).
Above is a table of the goals scored and conceded at home and away. As you can tell, our defense has been very leaky. They conceded 67 goals in 54 games, the worst record in Wenger era. It’s not like they are leaky all over, their weakness was away. About 64% of the goals were conceded away versus at home (36%). Besides that, our defense did hold its own in 18 matches keeping a clean. The best form of defense is the offense where we score 96 goals in 54 matches, which is a few short of last season’s amount. The team did struggle when it came to scoring in 9 games showing our lack of attacking depth. The table below will show the number of games score lines with the same goals scored or conceded.
This shows the comfort level the team has when it comes to scoring at home (the highest was 7 goals, most was and average was 1.93 with a standard deviation of 1.53) than away (the highest was 5 and average was 1.6 with a standard deviation of 1.26). Altogether the mode was 1 goal and average was 1.91 with a standard deviation of 1.5). On the other hand is the goals conceded where the comfort of defense was found at home (the mode was 0 goals, the highest was 3, and the average was .83 with a standard deviation .83) than away (the mode was 1 goal, the highest was 8, and the average was 1.72 with a standard deviation of 1.76). Altogether the mode was 1 goal and the average was 1.24 with a standard deviation of 1.41.
The table above showcases the types of wins, draws, and losses at home (top) and away (bottom). Emirates for the first time in years was close to a fortress as it can get by allowing their opponents in all competitions only 14 points. The rest is pretty self explanatory; we are stronger at home than away (which is the opposite of the 2010-2011 season).
And now to the individual player’s statistics which is located in the table above. Only the League and Champions League statistics are calculated due to lack of statistics on domestic cups. Our best defender was Bosscielny, midfielder was Arteta, and forward was, of course, Robin van Persie. Some of the statistics is overly exaggerated (such as success % and per game) due to those players playing one or two games. I also used Whoscored for some of the statistics and the rest is my own calculations). The highest amount is highlighted in orange and everything else in the table is pretty self explanatory.
In a few days there will be a Part 2 of this with statistics on every combination in the back four, middle three (or four), and front three (or two) used this season.------------
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