Arsenal: 9 stats you need to know this season

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What can be learnt from the first half of Arsenal's season?

1) Heading into 2015, Arsenal sit in fifth place with 33 points, but have already drawn six games - when they drew seven in entirety of last season. That's a little concerning, but they are on the fringes of a top four place, which will ultimately be the target for the season after a shaky start to the campaign.

Chelsea 19 14 4 1 46
Man City 19 13 4 2 43
Man Utd 19 10 6 3 36
Southampton 19 10 3 6 33
Arsenal 19 9 6 4 33

2) Arsenal were often linked with signing a new striker in the summer, but the arrival of Danny Welbeck hasn't really helped the Gunners in front of goal.

This season, Arsenal sit top of the table when it comes to big chances missed, clear of Manchester, Southampton, Manchester United and Tottenham. If Arsene Wenger's men are to secure a top four place, they need to be more clinical in front of goal in 2015.

  Big Chances MissedGames
Arsenal 25 19
Man City 23 19
Southampton 23 19
Man Utd 22 19
Tottenham 22 19

3) Despite missing so many chances, Arsenal also lead the way when it comes to goals scored from midfielders in the 2014/15 season.

Helped handsomely by Alexis Sanchez's 10 goals, the Gunners are getting contributions from outside of their centre forwards - and that's something that will please Wenger

  Midfielder GoalsGames
Arsenal 20 19
Man City 18 19
Chelsea 17 19
Tottenham 15 19
Swansea 14 19

4) With so many goals from midfield, it's helped Arsenal become one of the top scoring sides in the Premier League, with only Chelsea and Manchester City having scored more.

Chelsea 41 19
Man City 41 19
Arsenal 34 19
Man Utd 33 19
Southampton 32 19

5) Arsenal have a reputation for keeping the ball on the deck and passing the ball to score goals and win games, but this season, the Gunners have been a little more direct.

Arsenal are third in total crosses this season, and are placed in the top five alongside notoriously direct sides like Newcastle, Stoke and West Ham - something which has no doubt increased since the return of striker Olivier Giroud.

  Total CrossGames
West Ham 517 19
Southampton 487 19
Arsenal 471 19
Newcastle 443 19
Stoke 442 19

6) With being such an aesthetically pleasing side most of the time, Arsenal are considered to be a defensively flimsy side who can't deal with physical teams.

When it comes to putting their bodies on the line, Arsenal rank joint bottom of the league, though given that they are joined by two top four sides in Chelsea and Southampton, this may well be a case that they don't have as much defending to do as Hull City, who rank first in this category.

  Outfielder BlockGames
Newcastle 54 19
Tottenham 54 19
Chelsea 49 19
Arsenal 44 19
Southampton 44 19

7) With so many skillful players in the Arsenal team, it's no shock to see that the Gunners are ranked as the best team by far when it comes to successful dribbles.

The likes of Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez will have contributed massively to this, and the trickery in the Arsenal team is something that Wenger will be looking to continue in 2015.

  Successful DribblesGames
Arsenal 289 19
Chelsea 250 19
Tottenham 213 19
Everton 211 19
Man City 206 19

8) That trickery around the box invariably leads to mistimed tackles around the box, and Arsenal subsequently rank second in the Premier League when it comes to penalties awarded.

Tied with West Brom, Arsenal are just one shy of Manchester City - and whilst Alexis Sanchez missed his spot-kick against QPR on Boxing Day, this will be an encouraging sign for Wenger.

  Penalties WonGames
Man City 5 19
Arsenal 4 19
West Brom 4 19
C. Palace 3 19
Everton 3 19

9) A big mark of praise for Arsenal's strikers is that they've barely been caught offside this season. Only Crystal Palace and Newcastle have been caught offside fewer times than the Gunners - something which makes their attack difficult to catch out.

  Total OffsideGames
Leicester 29 19
Hull City 28 19
Arsenal 27 19
C. Palace 26 19
Newcastle 22 19

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