Arsenal may be famed for their attacking ability, but they defended brilliantly against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal score a lot of goals, as they regularly play with the flair and the confidence associated with their manager Arsene Wenger.
But there is another factor to their play that was brought home in their latest victory – the 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace this weekend.
Arsenal scored through Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, with a late strike from Palace forward Glenn Murray a mere consolation. But for all their attacking quality it was a different statistic that caught the eye at the final whistle.
Arsenal made a remarkable 116 effective clearances against the Eagles – 77 with their feet and 39 with their heads – setting a new record for any Premier League team in a single game this season.
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In a game where goals are paramount, a statistic celebrating clearances may not, at first glance, be something to celebrate. But what it shows is that this Arsenal side can now adapt their game depending on the situation and the venue.
The Gunners can dazzle and frustrate in equal measure and that can only bode well for the rest of this season and the campaigns yet to come.