Revealed: Cazorla and Podolski are Arsenal's unluckiest players

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Who are the unluckiest players at Arsenal this season?

Arsenal have had their fair share of misfortune in the injury department this season, with Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil all missing key moments of the campaign among others.

But on the pitch, who have been the most unfortunate players not to have registered more goals and assists to the team?

Here's a look via the aid of Opta statistics:

Unfortunate creators:

  PosOfftarget Att AssistAppsMins
Santiago Cazorla MF 24 29 2,437
Mesut Özil MF 16 23 1,895
Tomas Rosicky MF 13 24 1,464
Mikel Arteta MF 11 28 2,164
Bacary Sagna DF 11 32 2,790

£16 million signing Santi Cazorla is the Arsenal player who has seen his creativity go to waste more than any other Gunner. 24 of the the 61 key passes he has provided to his teammates have been poorly utilised, with his teammates firing their chances off target. Cazorla has six assists this season, with Ramsey and Ozil providing eight each.

Hit the woodwork:

  PosHit WoodworkAppsMins
Jack Wilshere MF 3 23 1,692
Santiago Cazorla MF 2 29 2,437
Olivier Giroud FW 2 33 2,833

Jack Wilshere's three Premier League goals may be his best return in an Arsenal shirt, but it could have been double that with a little more luck. The Englishman has hit the post or crossbar three times, more than any other Arsenal star, with Cazorla ranking highly again.


  PosTotal Sub OffTotal Sub Off / appsAppsMins
Olivier Giroud FW 14 0.42 33 2,833
Tomas Rosicky MF 11 0.46 24 1,464
Mesut Özil MF 10 0.43 23 1,895
Santiago Cazorla MF 9 0.31 29 2,437
Lukas Podolski FW 9 0.53 17 902

Olivier Giroud has been substituted more than any other player, over-used in truth due to the club's inability to sign a real alternative. However it's arguably his teammate Lukas Podolski who has more reason to feel aggrieved, as a per game ratio shows the German has failed to complete the 90 minutes in more than 50 per cent of his starts.

Top corner saves:

  PosTop Corner SavesAppsMins
Lukas Podolski FW 3 17 902
Santiago Cazorla MF 2 29 2,437
Olivier Giroud FW 2 33 2,833

Occasionally as a player you do everything right, and are denied only by a brilliant piece of goalkeeping. This is the case more than anybody for Lukas Podolski. The German has seen three of his efforts heading for the top corner, only to be saved by opposition goalkeepers. He has eight goals in 17 Premier League games, but would be in double figures with a little more luck.

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