By Walter Broeckx
The season is over; time to have a look back. I will go in to individual players later on in this most silly of silly seasons, but now I first want to take a look at some numbers.
Numbers like winning, drawing and losing matches in the different competitions and then mix them all together and see what the outcome has been for us this season.
Let us start with the PL matches at home. A rather good win percentage of 63% in our home matches. Not bad I would say. We only lost two matches at home all season and both defeats could have been avoided. I’m still mystified on why we didn’t win against Manchester United and the Swansea defeat seemed to be more about a team switching off a bit with the FA Cup final in mind.
Away from home we won more than half of our matches. But we also suffered five defeats away from home. Chelsea, Swansea, Stoke, Southampton and those who some of us are not allowed to call shit. [Actually Walter, I think there is a new song for Tottenham, which goes, “Tottenham Hotspur, Tottenham Hotspur, we’re not allowed to call you shit, we’re not allowed to call you shit.” Sorry, just thought I’d throw that in. Please do carry on.]
I think that in all these matches we could have avoided defeat.
But in some of those matches (four of them) we were without some key players like Özil, Giroud, Ramsey. Or we got kicked to pieces unpunished. And didn’t have Coquelin blocking the opposition apart from one match.
If we look at the total picture we have a win percentage in the PL of 57,89%. And that is not bad at all. Avoiding the defeats, should I say avoiding the avoidable defeats, would make a very big difference I think.
When we look at the goals scored we see that at home we usually score more than two goals and concede less than one goal. So a 2-1 or a 2-0 win is a very likely result for Arsenal at home this season.
Away from home we only scored 1,58 goals on average. I think raising that number would see us win many more points. So what we need is a good away from home striker. Someone who is fast and can cause troubles on a quick counter attack.
Hello Theo are you fit for next season?
And this is where it gets interesting I think. Because if we look at the matches that Theo started we see that he only started in four matches in the PL and came on as a sub in 10. Now the interesting part is that the matches we started had this score:
- Against Hull a 3-0 win in the FA cup
- Against Brighton and Hove Albion won 3-2 in the FA cup
- Against Aston Villa won 5-0
- Against Leicester won 2-1
- Against West Ham United won 3-0
- Against West Brom won 4-1
- Against Aston Villa won 4-0 in the FA cup
So in the sevem matches Theo started we won all of them and scored 24 goals and that is an average of 3.4 goals per match. And we conceded four goals and that is an average of 0.57 goals per match. That is almost the double goals scored per match when he started and also almost half the goals conceded when he started.
One could say just his presence is enough to make other teams more cautious.
If we look at the Champions league we get this table
The win % both home and away are identical. A win % of 60% against the teams from Europe is not bad. If only we could stop messing around in that first leg of the round of 16 would be nice. Note that in Europe we concede more goals at home than away. Of course the quality of the opposition in Europe with teams who are top teams in their country can play a part in that.
But again a rather good report I would say.
I could now publish the same numbers about the FA cup. But hell we all know that our win percent in the FA Cup has been 100% last season. And the season before. Someone came up with this nice statistic about Özil. Since he joined us he has been around in 10 FA cup matches and we won them all. So he is our lucky charm for the FA cup one could say. Will he bring us three in a row next season? I sure hope so.
Let us now take a look at the whole season and at all the matches played in the season
And then we see that our home win percentage is just under 63%. Only four defeats in 27 home matches this season. Not bad I would say. And we also won all our three matches at a neutral venue. As it is in London we could count them as home matches?
Away from home in all competitions we had a win percentage of 57,69%. Not bad at all I think. When we go away from home we come home with a victory for 6 out of the 10 games almost.
And if we look at all the matches in total we see that we have a win percentage of 62,50% overall. We scored just under two goals and conceded just under one goal per match on average. Should we just use new lyrics for the song: 1-0 to the Arsenal and make it 2-1 to the Arsenal…
Anyway, if Theo reads this and uses it to give him a big pay rise when he talks with Arsenal so be it, as I think he has a big importance for Arsenal. Sorry Ivan and Arsène if he does and forces you to pay more than you wanted. But I can only report the numbers as they are.
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