The data behind the goalscoring troubles at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta



Data proves goal woes at Arsenal

For a club that has been at the forefront of attacking football for the vast majority of the Premier League era, Arsenal has fallen from grace in the final third in recent times; no more so than the current 2021-22 domestic season under Mikel Arteta.

Despite the Gunners sitting in a top-seven place at current, the numbers behind their performance this season paint a picture that does not include sustainable practices when it comes to finding goals.

For base value, this is corroborated by the upfront numbers; just 18-goals scored in the Premier League in fifteen matches thus far, good enough for the bottom half of that particular data set.

But if you dig deeper, things only get worse.

Courtesy of @Orbinho, the Head of Opta Data, the numbers under the surface speak to a crisis at Arsenal.

A new number 9 is not enough to amend tactical weakness

With all of the links to a new center-forward that Arsenal has obtained in recent months, the numbers behind their frustrations in front of goal dictate that buying a brand new toy for the cupboard will not automatically fix the problem.

Revealed: The numbers behind a lack of goals at Arsenal this season

FLORENCE, ITALY – NOVEMBER 30: Dusan Vlahovic of ACF Fiorentina scores a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Artemio Franchi on November 30, 2021 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

The Gunners have been subjects of interest in the likes of Fiorentina’s Dušan Vlahović, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, and LOSC Lille’s Jonathan David this season.

But for all the goals that many of those options could bring to Arsenal in the summer, strikers cannot feed off scraps and expect to convert every chance that falls to them across the length of a full season.

That has already been seen this season from all of the current forward options at Arsenal, with none of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, or Eddie Nketiah proving to be able to find sustainable form in front of goal.

No better example can be found than the recent 2-1 loss to Everton when both Aubameyang and Nketiah missed sitters in the dying minutes of proceedings at Goodison Park, with Nketiah heading wide from 2-years and Auba slicing his effort from inside the area painfully wide of Jordan Pickford’s goal despite being free and clear in the box.

If Arsenal is to get back into the upper echelons of the more effective attacking units in the Premier League, it is going to take more than an expensive new toy.


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 15 23 35
2 Liverpool FC 15 32 34
3 Chelsea FC 15 26 33
4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
6 Manchester United 15 1 24
7 Arsenal FC 15 -4 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Aston Villa 15 -3 19
11 Leicester City 15 -4 19
12 Everton FC 15 -6 18
13 Brentford FC 15 -2 17
14 Crystal Palace 15 -2 16
15 Leeds United 15 -7 16
16 Southampton FC 15 -7 16
17 Watford FC 15 -9 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 15 -23 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5





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