Arsenal v. Crystal Palace: stats preview

  • Tony Pulis has faced Arsene Wenger 12 times: winning 3, drawing 2, losing 7
  • Matches with TP v. AW have averaged 1.67 goals for Arsenal and just 1 goal for TP
  • Tony Pulis has spent €30m on transfers this season (net)*
  • In Tony Pulis’ time at Stoke, he spent €110m in transfers (net)*
  • In that same time, Arsene Wenger has earned €10m in transfers (net)*
  • Before the last time Arsenal faced Crystal Palace this season, Arsenal had only kept 1 clean sheet in 8 Premier League matches
  • After Crystal Palace, Arsenal have kept 9 clean sheets in 15 League matches
  • Crystal Palace have kept 2 consecutive clean sheets and have won both matches 1-0 off Jason Puncheon goals
  • Jason Puncheon has scored Palace’s last three goals
  • Palace have scored just 5 away goals, the worst in the League
  • Arsenal have only allowed 6 goals at home, the best in the League
  • Arsenal have not lost at home in the last 10 games in all competitions
  • Arsenal have not conceded a goal at home in the last 456 minutes in all competitions (Deulofeu)
  • Arsenal have scored a first half goal in just one of their last 7 League matches
  • Arsenal scored a first half goal in 11 of their first 16 League matches
  • Arsenal have scored a goal in a prime position (right in front of goal) in 9 of their last 12 League matches
  • Arsenal have conceded a goal in a prime position in just 4 of their last 12 League matches
  • Arsenal conceded 5 goals in prime positions in one of those matches (Man City)
  • When these two teams last met, Palace took 13 shots to Arsenal’s 10 but Palace only got two shots off against Arsenal in prime positions and Arsenal got 5, scoring 2
  • Szczesny made a save of the season against Jedniak’s strike in the last match
  • Szczesny needs just one more save (71) to match last season’s total of 72 saves, this seems significant, until you realize he only played 25 matches last season and tomorrow will be his 24th match this season
  • He also has the same number of clean sheets as last season (10)
  • Rosicky has made 13 League appearances for Arsenal this season and Arsenal have only lost once (Aston Villa) but have won 9 of those matches
  • Mertesacker leads the League in pass% with 92.8%
  • In fact, Arsenal have 4 of the top 5 passers in the League: Mertesacker, Koscielny, Flamini, and Arteta (5th inn the League)
  • Koscielny is 4th in the League in Interceptions per game (2.9) and first among center backs
  • Crystal Palace have only scored 8 goals from open play, the fewest in the League
  • Crystal Palace also have the fewest short passes per game average (280) and Arsenal have the second most (516, Swansea are tops)
  • Crystal Palace lead the League in tackles per game (22.3) and Arsenal are 8th best in that category (19.7)
  • Crystal Palace are second per game in interceptions (16.5) second behind Manchester Everton
  • Crystal Palace are the worst team in the League at retaining possession and they are the worst in pass percent
  • Though they are second best in aerial duels won per game (24.2)
  • And, naturally, they are second worst in shots per game


*data from transfermarkt

17 thoughts on “Arsenal v. Crystal Palace: stats preview

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jaymin

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      1. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tim

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    1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

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  1. Vote -1 Vote +1skyranger

    I feel another draw coming on. The palace brickies are walling up the goalmouth as we wait. I’m not sure I can watch , deep breath ,in out ,in out ,in out, .That helps

  2. -9 Vote -1 Vote +1Bull

    Don’t worry Skyranger it’s not palace that will expose our lack of depth in the squad. You won’t have to wait too long for that though. If only there was a transfer window at this time of year where we could bring in a striker to cover the tired Giroud.

  3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tee Söng

    Last of the easy five games to open the second half of the season. Given that Southampton away is a tough place to play, 13 points from 15 was the minimum target. Our last five games we have a similar run of fixtures with Nouveau Chateau at home the toughest one. 13 points from those fixtures isn’t unreasonable. Which leaves the minefield of nine BPL games which include all of the top six, two games against Bayern, and Liverpool in the FA Cup. Of course, Mourinho will say the schedule somehow favors us and would surely jump at the chance to exchange his fixture list for ours.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1nycgunner

      Yeah if we have any chance of winning the league, the good results must continue over the next few games. If we only manage to lose 1 or 2 games vs. the top 6, it will bode well for our chances but we need to beat City at home and Utd. as well because I’m already sick of seeing RVP score and win against us. A draw at Stamford Bridge will be a good result as well.

  4. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Gooner

    Being able to watch premier league football on is such an upgrade to suffering through the nauseating FSC broadcasts of yesteryear… I don’t care if I never have to hear Wynalda say another word in my life.

    All that aside though, hey, we had a football match today! And guess what, we played well, and deserved to win, and got a tremendous performance from the players WE ALREADY HAD. After all the doom-mongering lately you’d think we were sending Dan Shittu and Lee Cattermole out there.

    Even the most grinch-like Arsenal supporter whose heart I wouldn’t touch with a 39.5 ft pole must have been chuffed to see the Ox turn in a dynamic, match-winning performance for us in just his first start in the league since opening day. What a fantastic asset to have at a time when we really needed some inspiration and new blood in the team. Dare I say it: LANS.

    I thought Arteta, after looking shaky last week, was back to his best, Sagna, Mert and Kos were their usual colossal selves, and Cazorla delivered the perfect pass when we needed it most, playing from the unfamiliar right channel.

    Finally, a special word for Podolski, who has been the topic of much discussion lately. I don’t know if the stats will back me up on this, but to the naked eye it looked like he hustled his butt off the entire time he was out there and for me deserves to keep his place next week against Liverpool, who he enjoys playing against.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1craig

      Word. NBC is the first positive to happen to US soccer fans in years. It’s almost back to the good old days when we could watch early round carling cup matches no matter who we were playing, and every match of the week would be shown at least once. The Live Extra site is excellent. Credit where credit is due.

  5. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Zeddington

    I kept an eye on Podolski today, because of the recent criticism. It was interesting. I felt he added very little to the build up play, until we were in the box. Then he was dangerous. I didn’t see him shirking his defensive duties particularly, and I remember him tracking back to make an important tackle in our box at some point.

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