By Minser Double
“To say it was a tough season for Arsenal and Arteta last season would be an understatement because he was probably lucky to survive it without being shown his P45.” That was HITC on 5 July.
I don’t suppose HITC worries about its inaccuracies, after all they have already reported 42 players that they say Arsenal are preparing to buy this summer, which even if it were an all time record summer for signings would give them an inaccuracy rate of over 75%. And if it is a normal summer that will probably rise to over 97% inaccuracy.
Besides they are not the only publication going down this route. Rivalling HITC is Football.London who have been talking of the “overhaul that Mikel Arteta promised after Arsenal failed to qualify for European competition for the first time in a quarter of a century.”
The Mirror joined in with “Arsenal endured a disastrous first full campaign under the inexperienced Spanish boss, failing to build on the high of their record 14th FA Cup triumph,” and Talk Sport had “STRUGGLES: Arsenal have only endured a worse Premier League season than this ONCE”
Football London then came back with, “The stats behind Arsenal’s woeful season and why things are as bad as they look for Mikel Arteta.
“It can sometimes be the case that a team’s results don’t always align with their performances, with things such as bad luck and small margins going against them for large parts of a campaign. A good example of this in the Premier League this season is Brighton.”
“In terms of that aforementioned xP metric, Arsenal rank as the seventh-best side, a slight but unremarkable increase on their actual position in the table of ninth.
“Another good indicator of a team’s general performances is analysing the number of shots they both generate and concede. The Gunners have attempted the ninth most on a per 90 basis…”
OK that doesn’t sound good… but hang on, why not consider not the number of shots, but the actual number of goals scored and conceded? I mean yes shots are important, but surely goals are more important aren’t they?
And if you’d agree that goals rather than shots directly affect points gained and lost, then let us look at the number of goals conceded. Last season it was 39 goals conceded in the PL. So how did this compare with Arsenal’s past, and the goals against for Arsenal’s rivals this season?
Out of the last ten years only three seasons have had fewer goals conceded – and each time by only two or three goals. 37 conceded in 2012/13, and 36 in 2014/15 and 2014/15. So yes they were fewer, but only by two or three and only in three years out of ten. So this last season, from the perspective of Arsenal’s history was one of the better ones.
But what about Arsenal compared to the rest of the Premier League? Well, we’ve run this table before but obviously FoLo were not looking at the time, so here it is again. The top of last season’s table in the order of goals conceded.
(And yes this is the actual top of the whole table – not just the listing of the “big six”)
Yes, Arsenal had the third best defence in the League and FoLo is complaining that our defence is awful.
So let’s ask “why?”
The most obvious reason is simply awful journalism, and indeed they are knocking Arsenal all the time in this way – which is why Untold has to spend so much time unravelling all their nonsense and producing the real facts.
I suppose they attack Arsenal either because of pure laziness (that is they have no ideas what the facts are and so make them up) or they really dislike Arsenal, and so want to knock Arsenal all the time.
And of course all this comes before we think about the fact that Arsenal’s entire approach to defence was changed in the past season by Mr Arteta as a way of overcoming the fact that PGMO have given multiple games to the referees that give out the most cards against Arsenal, while ensuring that the referees who don’t give Arsenal players multiple cards get very few games. Shocking new referee statistics suggest outright bias against Arsenal has all the details on that one.
The Glorious 2021 Revolution
- Arsenal only did well after Xmas because the fixtures were much easier
- Why Arsenal absolutely must not “allow the players to play”
- How Arteta gave us a hint of what he was about to do, but we missed it.
- For the last two thirds of last season, Arsenal were a top two club
- The audacious tactical change that sent Arsenal charging up the league table
- Figures from Football Observatory at the end of the season showing Arsenal players dominating the statistics.
- Manchester City v Arsenal: The Big 7 Stats, and comparisons of the last 6 games
- Manchester City v Arsenal: surprising statistics and a result prediction
- Arsenal’s 25 man squad – is it already full?
- Yet another example of the way the media tries to put down Arsenal
- The Continental Tyres Cup 2022/23 quarter finals: Arsenal v Villa