Arsenal stats: Arsene Wenger's men improve defensively to claim third place, but their passing suffers

The Gunners have also enjoyed more shots and gotten more on target, although passing has suffered from a change of style.

After a poor start it seemed Arsenal’s season would come to nothing.

However, a fine run of form throughout 2015 saw them challenging for a top two finish, becoming the in-form team in the Premier League, and reaching their second FA Cup final in two years.

A third-place finish is a clear improvement too, although they do finish with two fewer points, two fewer wins but two more draws to their name. Let’s take a look at their other stats to see how they’ve improved, or gotten worse, in key areas.

  SeasonTotal TackleWon TackleGoals ConcededTotal PassAccurate PassTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoals
Arsenal 2014-2015 741 556 36 20531 17214 610 227 71
Arsenal 2013-2014 714 528 41 21562 18533 523 213 68

In defence the Gunners have improved, conceding five goals fewer this season. Their tackling success has improved slightly as well, with them enjoying 75% success this season compared to last season’s score of 73%. They have also enjoyed a 3% increase in the number of tackles made and a 5% increase in their number of tackles won.

The improvement however, stops there. Well known for their passing style of play, it seems their passing accuracy has gotten worse this year, registering an 83% success rate compared to last year’s 85%. They have also seen the number of passes made decrease by 4%, while their number of accurate passes also fell, this time by 7%.

Shooting accuracy follows a similar trend, with them having enjoyed 40% accuracy last season, but just a 37% success this year. They have though, enjoyed more shots, increasing that number by 16% and seeing a 6% increase in their number of shots on target as well. That has led to Arsene Wenger’s side managing to score more goals this season than last, with 71 compared to 68.

Despite the falls in some areas, there is much to be pleased with for Arsenal. Given the Gunners have had defensive issues for a while now, the improvements made this season will give them hope for next year, with a title challenge remaining a strong possibility if they strengthen once again in the summer. 

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