Arsenal v. Norwich: statistical preview

League Leaders

  • Arsenal lead the League in goals from counter attacks at home with 4: Norwich lead the League in goals from set plays in away games with 8.
  • Arsenal lead the League in short passes per game (at home) with 524 and in through balls per game with 7: Norwich don’t lead the League in any passing stats, we’re not even sure that Norwich even pass the ball.
  • Arsenal lead the League in percent of the match played in the opposition half at the Emirates with 34%: Norwich lead the League in percent of the match played in the middle of the pitch in away games with 42%
  • Arsenal have won 6 of their last 7 matches, tying Man U for the best record in the League: Norwich have only won 1 of their last 15 matches and only 1 away match, the worst record in the League
  • Mikel Arteta leads the League in passes per game with 84.2: Bradley Johnson leads Norwich in passes per game with 40 some (who cares) which he completes at a 71% rate, around the same passing completion rate as Szczesny (70%), which explains why he never signed professional terms with Arsenal
  • Mikel Arteta was just edged out of the top spot for pass% by Swansea’s Ki Sung-Yueng by .002 points (92.5% v. 92.3%): Norwich’s Bradley Johnson leads the League in being a Sagna stamping, leg-breaking cunt
  • Podolski and Walcott are 2nd in the league in assists with 9 each: Robert Snodgrass leads Norwich with 4 assists, 1 more than Gervinho
  • Cazorla leads Arsenal with 98 shots (Giroud is second with 96): Robert Snodgrass leads Norwich with 65 shots (Holt is second with 40)
  • Santi Cazorla leads the League in through balls per game with 0.8 completing 26 of 56: Norwich have completed 9 through balls all season, Hoolihan has 5 and Snodgrass has 4.
  • Mikel Arteta leads Arsenal with 87 attempted tackles; Robert Snodgrass leads Norwich with 93 attempted tackles
  • Arteta leads Arsenal with 59 successful tackles (that’s a 68% rate): Snodgrass leads Norwich with 74 successful tackles (80%)
  • Holt leads the League in fouls committed with 70: Arteta is only 6 behind him with 64
  • Cazorla has been dribbled on 50 times, that leads the League in being dribbled on: BJ leads Norwich in being dribbled on. He’s been dribbled on 48 times. HA HA BEEJ.
  • Hotlips Hoolahan has been dispossessed 74 times, to Lead Norwich (4th in the League!): Cazorla has only been dispossessed 56 times (leads Arsenal)

Last Meeting

  • Arsenal had a season high (for an away game) 669 passes against Norwich (average 550)
  • Arsenal also had a season high 218 passes backward (average 151)
  • That’s not only a season high in numbers but also a season high in percentage of overall passes going backwards (33%)
  • It was also among the lowest in terms of percent of Arsenal’s total that were attempted in the Norwich final third (29%)
  • It was also a season low in terms of percent of Arsenal’s overall passes forward (48%)
  • Still, it was the only time this season that Arsenal lost a match and created more that 12 shots off a pass from a teammate (they had 14)
  • Arsenal also made a season low 9 tackles
  • Arsenal completed just 32% of their attempted dribbles (4th worst this season)
  • Overall, Arsenal only won 46% of the duels that I track (tackles, dribbles, and aerials) — was that a season low? YES!

Mike Jones Referee

  • Mike Jones has refereed two Arsenal matches this season — the 2-0 home win over WBA and the 6-1 win over Coventry in the League Cup.
  • That 2-0 win over West Brom featured two Arsenal pens
  • Mike Jones has already awarded Arsenal more penalties (5) than Howard Webb and Mike Dean combined (4)
  • That win over West Brom was the first time Arsenal scored a penalty at home, in League Play, since April 2011
  • Arsenal have had Mike Jones as referee 11 times and Arsenal’s record in those 11 games is 9-1-1
  • Arsenal have played 9 times at home with Mike Jones as referee
  • Arsenal are undefeated at home with Mike Jones as referee (8-1-0)
  • When Mike Jones is referee of an Arsenal match Arsenal have scored 33 times (average of 3.3 per game!) and have only conceded 8



44 thoughts on “Arsenal v. Norwich: statistical preview

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1alabamagooner

    Haha! BJ and Hotlips Hoolahan. That was funny. Oh, and the numbers…those were good, too. 3 points tomorrow, please.

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    First 20 minutes… Wilshere looks very rusty indeed. I suppose Rosicky’s hamstring meant he needed to start, but it would have been much better had he arrived as a late sub, ease him back into the team, etc. Gervinho has been terrible so far. So he’ll probably score. Good thing Norwich have no ideas going forward…yet.

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

      Yup, he’s well and truly back to form. The brain of a turnip and the touch of a donkey. That Wilshere through ball, for example. Perfectly weighted for the striker. You can’t help but think any other player in the team would have scored that. Or any other player in the Premier League, for that matter (with the exception of Torres, perhaps). Gervinho instead decides to cross it out for a goal kick, then decides he’d rather see if he can make a sharp angle shot, and then decides he’ll cross it in front of goal in case someone arrives.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    On the plus side: At half-time, I’d say Ramsey has played very well, as has Sagna. Wilshere improved as the half wore on, though (expectedly) he looks a bit off the pace. Vermaelen and Koscielny have had very little to do, which speaks well of the hustle from Cazorla, Ramsey, and Arteta.

    At some point in the second half, I’d like to see Walcott come on for Gervinho (ideally before the second half started), then Podolski for Wilshere.

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    Well that’s typical. We can’t defend a set piece, and the opposition score on their first shot on goal. Two Arsenal truisms.

    Then, too, you think if that donkey Gervinho and put that chance away, we wouldn’t look so desperate right now.


    1. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

      …or not?

      Please, just hold on, Arsenal. No more stupid set piece shit shows, please…

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    Those 3 points are MASSIVE. This was a fixture I had (perhaps foolishly) banked on for the run-in.

  6. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    Arsenal get their breaks.

    3rd place for now.

    Cue the Chris Houghton moaning like a drain.

    Jones doesn’t have the best view because Kamara’s back shields the foul while the linesman has the clearer view and makes the correct call. Thank you Richard West for stepping up to make the call and a poor job by Tony Gale for implying that those fouls happen all the time and don’t get call. Try asking Koscienly about how that foul ‘doesn’t’ usually get call because it is so rampant. To quote Tiger, “rules are rules”.

    Too bad Rosicky’s hamstring made the decision to play Wilshere because he was poor in his first game back.

    Set piece defense still relies on opponents lack of execution rather than on our defensive coverage.

    I don’t like succotash.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

      Too bad we don’t get a better view of the ball that Ramsey and Snodgrass battled for that resulted in our getting the CK that led up to the PK decision.

  7. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    The real story today is that we are 6 points out of second place :)

    The other story is that Fellaini and Pienaar are back.

  8. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1Jax

    Mike Jones was our man again. A flukey penalty (although he took the lino’s word on it) & Theo was offside when he took the pass before he crossed for Poldi’s goal. Still, who cares, we got the points.

    1. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Shard

      Did you watch the game?? Theo should have had a penalty before, their goal came from a FK that never should have been. They were abetted by the referee in their time wasting, their not even really rotational fouling (with no yellow cards till late in the game) and their many pushes and nudges which were ignored. The statistics will show this as a victory for Arsenal under Mike Jones but that was yet another crappy refereeing performance. And Arsenal were not the beneficiaries. Except for Walcott being offside for the 3rd goal. That was lucky. But that, (like the correctly given penalty) was down to the linesman, and not really the referee.

      1. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Jax

        I certainly did watch the game or wouldn’t have commented as I did. Theo fell while trying to force his way past the left back . I didn’t see any protests over the incident, and most teams rotationally foul us anyway.You’re right about the penalty being the lino’s call..oh wait a minute, I already said that. I’m not complaining…we got the points and I’ll watch it all again later.

      2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Shard

        I’m sorry about the ‘did you watch the game’ comment. I know how annoying that is and I’m sorry that’s what I said. I was surprised that you felt Jones ‘was our man’, that’s all.

      3. Vote -1 Vote +1Jax

        Think nothing of it. I’m a touchy old fucker sometimes. What i meant by “was our man again” was that we’ve done well with him as ref once more. He must be the complete antitheses of Dean

    2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1lordgunner

      if the shirt pulling were happening in middle of the pitch and the ref say it s a fault nobody give a toss but its happening inside the box and we get a penalty for it ,its controversial!!!!!!….. it was penatly norwich can cry all day long as far as i m concerned

  9. Vote -1 Vote +11NiltotheArsenal

    Another harrowing 85 minutes that shredded many Gooner nerves but which ended with an emphatic 3 points. I could barely stand to watch most of the match, but I persevered and so thankfully, did the club.

    Watching Gervinho reminded me of the first few days when my son and myself were learning how to play EA FIFA: All spastic movement with lots of purpose but zero touch. My son now uses the controller like Titi in his pomp, while I still look a Gervinho or on my good days, a Bendtner.

    Toffees did well too to continue these pressure filled last days. COYG…

  10. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    I’m not convinced that Wilshere should be an automatic starter for Arsenal. Even before his injury, I thought he was full of vim and vigor, but lacked something… We’re a tighter and more effective midfield with Arteta-Ramsey-Rosicky / Arteta-Ramsey-Cazorla.

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jax

      Yeah, those two midfields of yours are our best without doubt. If they can get Rosicky fit for Everton, and put Theo & Poldi in the front three we’ll be in with a good chance for sure.

  11. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Zeddington

    Don’t let anybody tell you there was anything wrong with that penalty call. It was clear as day. So the lino gave it – so what? People are saying it shouldn’t be given because he was 50 yards away, but it was so stupidly clear that shouldn’t be a problem. The ref probably didn’t want to be the one to make the call because he got some criticism for giving us 2 pens in that other game. Don’t let anyone tell you it was controversial, no way no how.

    The 3rd was offside though.

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Tee Song

      I love how most of the controversy centers on who made the call and the fact that most of the time refs turn a blind eye to wrestling in the box. As to who made the call, isn’t that why you have multiple officials? So they can see the play from multiple angles? Maybe from Jones angle, he couldn’t see how hard Giroud was being pulled whereas from the sideline angle, the linesman could see that Giroud was being pulled straight onto his back. As long as the call is correct, who gives a damn which ref made the call? If anything, this call vindicates the idea that multiple officials can increase the chances of getting the calls correct, which is what we all want, right?

      I kind of get the complaints over the fact that on any given aerial ball into the box, multiple fouls are being committed by both sides. It feels a little harsh to single out a foul when everyone in the stadium knows similar fouls are going unpunished throughout the game. But if you foul somebody, you shouldn’t expect to get away with it ALL the time so that’s just the breaks of the game. It’s kind of like getting a speeding ticket. I speed all the time. Others around me speed all the time. And so when I get ticketed for speeding, I shouldn’t feel as if it’s “unfair” and yet I do. Never mind that I was actually breaking the law by speeding and therefore the policeman had every right to give me a ticket. As Arsenal fans have been told multiple times and as I’m telling Norwich fans, it all evens out in the end.

  12. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    For those of you who don’t remember, Koscienly was guilty of that same type of foul and we were called for a penalty. We never argued that it was ‘soft’ call or that it never gets called because of all the ruckus that usually goes on in the box. We took it on the chin because that’s football.

  13. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1gsco

    So many reasons to hate the commentary. What is crazy is how pissy they were that the linesman pointed out the obvious foul to the ref for the penalty. Isn’t that his job? I guess it makes sense since they don’t seem to understand their job description to provide educated, unbiased commentary.
    I am sure if Norwich had been awarded that penalty, they would have covered it exactly the same… Sure…
    Further reasons to turn the volume down. I don’t even want to mention the commentators in the states on Fox Soccer. They are a waste of flesh. Thankfully, I always turn it off for them.
    But screw them. Great win. We never make it easy but I’ll take the 3 points no matter how it comes.

  14. Vote -1 Vote +1Eurazian

    There’s quite a hilarious article at the Daily Mail today, which goes on and on about the “dubious penalty” and how lucky Arsenal were.

    Then at the bottom they show another picture of Giroud being hauled over in the box by another defender who appears to have Giroud in some kind of chokehold. No penalty given for that one, of course. But sure, Arsenal were lucky…

  15. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Byo

    85 minutes into the game, I was feeling really sick. Yes really! The assistant did his job, for once.
    Does anyone recall RvP sending off in Barcelona CL game for “time wasting”? Now that is one egregious call if anyone wants to really complain. I still cant forget it to this day.

    On FOX in the US, Barton’s anti-Arsenal bias comes through clearly. I have been tempted to write and ask him in how many CL matches did he play at Newcastle, or how many league titles did he win. But then we know the answer to that.

  16. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    That’s a moment that just made me nauseous in the Man U -Stoke game. You’ll know what I mean if and when you see it.

  17. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    I think this season we may finally see Stoke go down and failing that we may see the end of neanderthal football.
    A Michael Owen sighting. Just the player to ‘save’ Stoke.

  18. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    So can Stoke change from ‘direct’ to passing football to accommodate Owens. That would be a no.

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