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In all honesty, this isn’t going to come as a shock. Goals win games and there are some obvious statistics that underline why Arsenal fell just short of their ultimate aim.
Gunners fans may have taken fifth place at the start of the season but the results in the run-in would have been devastating. When the time comes to move on, it should be clear as to what area of the pitch the manager needs to address.
The Killer Stats
Let’s start with individual strikers: The two men who shared the Golden Boot trophy at the end of the season both finished with 23 league goals. Behind them, the likes of Ivan Toney, Wilfried Zaha, Jarrod Bowen and James Maddinson all finished with better returns that Arsenal’s highest ranked player.
Bukayo Saka slots in with 11 league goals – a tally that puts him in joint 14th place with Ollie Watkins, Teemu Pukki and others. That’s not meant to reflect badly on Saka as it’s not his main job to score goals,
We must also remember the circumstances surrounding the departure of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. There are excuses but it seems fairly clear that a top level striker needs to be brought in this summer.
That theory is backed up, to a lesser extent, by the overall scoring stats. Arsenal scored 61 times in the league and, while that’s a weaker total than the four teams above them, only Leicester City in eighth could boast a better tally of the sides below.
Players contributed from all areas of the pitch, but a striker should surely be a priority.
Targets for 2022/23
Having missed out on Champions League football on the final day of last season, Arsenal’s target will be to go one better next time. They have some support in neutral quarters with some bookmakers making the Gunners joint fourth favourites for a top four finish.
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Names in the Frame
Many Gunners fans were happy with the contribution from Eddie Nketiah after he was given an extended run in the first team. However, his final return of five goals in 21 league games suggests that he’s not quite ready to be Arsenal’s first choice for the next campaign.
Now that Alexandre Lacazette bids farewell to the supporters, Arteta simply has to find a replacement. Victor Osimhen is a name that keeps appearing. The Nigerian international started the season in blistering form for Napoli and is a hot prospect for the future at age of 23.
Osimhen is expected to be available this summer but Arsenal are set to face competition from Bayern Munich and Newcastle United.
Closer to home, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins have also been mentioned in connection with a possible switch to the Emirates. Both have that crucial Premier League experience and may be ready to test themselves at a bigger club.
There is some way to go before the transfer window closes but the stats underline the clear need for striking reinforcements at Arsenal ahead of the new campaign.
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7 Replies to “The killer stat that held Arsenal back in 2021/22”
The other statistic that is of real concern is Arsenal only got 4 points when they did not score the first goal, they only won one and drew won, so actually got 4 points from, losing positions. The only other team in this position was Norwich. Both were bottom with 4 points. The only difference was it happened to Norwich much more often. Arteta has to solve this mindset of not recovering in such games!
Congratulations. An article with absolutely no mention of the press!
Of course it would be a nice relief if one could say “A comment from Andrew without an element of either sarcasm or complaint” but I do trace that touch of sarcasm within. But I would refer you to the piece “What needs to be done for Arsenal to get fourth next season” which as I recall didn’t mention the media. That was only five days ago.
Tammy Abrahams would be my first choice.
Young, English, already experienced in PL, in-form, tall, fast, strong etc.
Tony read a recent blog article on Le Grove which was about fixtures and the interesting part was Arsenal never played a team at the weekend that had played a midweek European game , what’s the chances of that happening , it effects games and points as we know .
Steve, I thought we we played West Ham towards the end of the season between their Europa League Semi final legs did we not?
David you are right , as I said the info was from the Le Grove site which maybe I read wrongly or they didn’t do their homework
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