Southampton v Arsenal: top scorers and comparing the clubs’ style and approach

By Bulldog Drummond

The Top Scorers Chart in relation to the Southampton v Arsenal match (or as the Telegraph had it yesterday, Arsenal v Southampton) is interesting.  Arsenal have three players in the top 27 while Southampton have one in Charlie Austin – who is out of the team until April.  Their next highest is Rodriguez with four.  He too is listed as injured.

# Player Team Goals (Penalty)
1. Diego Costa Chelsea 15 (0)
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 15 (1)
3. Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United 14 (1)
4. Harry Kane Tiny Totts 13 (3)
5. Jermain Defoe Sunderland 12 (5)
Romelu Lukaku Everton 12 (0)
7. Kun Agüero Manchester City 11 (3)
Dele Alli Tiny Totts 11 (0)
9. Eden Hazard Chelsea 9 (2)
Sadio Mané Liverpool ! 9 (0)
11. Michail Antonio State Aid United 8 (0)
Christian Benteke Crystal Palace 8 (2)
Llorente Swansea City 8 (0)
Roberto Firmino Liverpool ! 8 (0)
Theo Walcott Arsenal 8 (0)
16. Olivier Giroud Arsenal 7 (0)
Adam Lallana Liverpool ! 7 (0)
Salomón Rondón West Bromwich Albion 7 (0)
Robert Snodgrass Hull City 7 (2)
Heung-min Son Tiny Totts 7 (0)
21. Charlie Austin Southampton 6 (2)
Leroy Fer Swansea City 6 (0)
Andre Gray Burnley 6 (1)
James Milner Liverpool ! 6 (6)
Pedro Chelsea 6 (0)
Gylfi Sigurðsson Swansea City 6 (3)
Callum Wilson AFC Bournemouth 6 (3)

What makes life interesting is that, obviously, Danny Welbeck is not on that list, and yet he might start in the line up today, giving Alexis a rest, while leaving Giroud at centre forward.

If that is so it would be his first start since May last year – although I have to admit I am dubious about this ploy.

On this subject Mr Wenger said, “He has a chance to start or to come on, yes.  He looks sharp, he’s worked very hard. Maybe it will be an opportunity for him.

“At his age and in his position he was sure to go to the European Championship. What happened to him was unbelievable and he was down for a while, but now he looks to have recovered. In training he still lacks a fraction of zip when he starts, but overall he looks quite fit.

“What is the most important is that he doesn’t look scared. That’s the biggest hurdle when you come back.

“The player who has played the most in our team offensively are basically Sanchez.  Of the others, Giroud has not played too many games, he is fresh, Walcott is now coming back from a good breather… and up front we have Lucas Perez who has not played many games.”

So maybe we could put out a team of forwards: Alexis, Walcott, Giroud, Lucas, Welbeck.  Or perhaps not.   Although it is interesting that last summer much of the screaming was for Arsenal to sign another forward or three and there are still bloggettas claiming that we have a very thin squad.

Looking at the Preston match for guidance we could also find that Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny could miss out, although Mr Wenger added, “We’ll put out a team with first-team experience.

“Maybe there will be one or two younger players, but no more…. I have not yet completely decided who will play and who will not play. It’s a first-team squad who will be involved.”

As for Southampton Mr Wenger said, “They are on a high.   They produced a fantastic performance, so overall that makes the game even more interesting and more difficult as well.   They are not short of confidence at the moment and will certainly have a big support, but it’s an FA Cup game and we want to qualify.”

Comparing Arsenal away and Southampton at home

Arsenal get more cards away (20 yellows) than Southampton at home (12), although Southampton have also had 2 reds at home (Arsenal none away).

The pass success rate is similar (79% Southampton at home, 83% Arsenal away) and indeed this similarity runs throughout the teams when we compare the two sets of stats for Southampton at home and Arsenal away.  For example Arsenal away get 5.0 shots on target per game on average.  For Southampton at home the number is 4.9.

But there is one key difference: Southampton at home attack on the wings – only 25% of their attacks go down the middle.  With Arsenal there is a much greater balance between attacks on the left, right and down the middle – roughly one third in each case.

As for the historic facts, we’ve only lost one of the last 18 FA Cup games, and won 12, drawn four and lost two of the last 18 league games.   In particular the recovery from the successive defeats in the league has been positive (four wins and drawn one of our last five league games).

Southampton have won nine lost seven and drawn two of their last 18 FA Cup games.   They have won one and lost five of their last six league games.  In the cup last season they went out in the 3rd round and in the fourth round in 2014/15.

But Southampton have scored at least two goals in their last three home games against Arsenal and they are undefeated in their last five home matches against us in all competitions.

It is not going to be easy.

Next: the rest of the stats and the teams.


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6 Replies to “Southampton v Arsenal: top scorers and comparing the clubs’ style and approach”

  1. Can see Soton using and probably get away with dark arts against us today…..but we can win this one.

  2. Looks like L’pool will be the day’s FA cup upset! They are almost dead and Chelsea can kill them off in EPL on Tuesday. We need L’pool to take points away from the Russians.

  3. Scouser with an absolute blatant dive.

    Rightly the ref is having none of it.

    But why no booking?

    Why no outrage from McMananan and co?

    Not a word. No disgrace. No shame.

    Nope, we just move on. No harm done.

    Again just another example of the way things are dealt with by a ref, and reacted to by the pundits when it’s anyone other than Arsenal.

  4. Liverpool out!

    Dear oh dear.

    The media should be slaughtering them, but the trouble is they’ll be too busy crying.

  5. Our squad should cope with Sou who should also be a little tired. We can’t underestimate them though.

    Pool will recover to give Chel$ a fight i think.

    It is these very close fixtures PL,FA,CL that will get teams tired, and Arsenal had to learn to increase the squad, especially with our many (not too far recent) injuries.

  6. Could have been a bad day for the media, but fortunately for them, Spurs won the game at the death

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