The mood around Arsenal since Mikel Arteta’s appointment has been brilliant. The Spaniard has brought in a lot of optimism around the Emirates and rightly so considering how dull things were under Unai Emery.
However, the results have been up and down and more often than not, it has been Arsenal’s own players who have shot themselves in the foot.
Arteta will not be judged on this season’s finish. His first full season in charge will say a lot about his management and here are five stats that he should work on correcting next term.
Dropping points from winning positions
Against Tottenham on Sunday, it was Arsenal who took the lead and yet again, they failed to capitalise on that. That has been a recurring theme for the Gunners this season.
Since Arteta’s appointment, Arsenal have dropped 15 points from winning positions. That is the worst record in the Premier League in that period. (Orbinho/Opta)
That has been a problem even before Arteta came in. The Gunners have dropped 21 points from winning positions since the start of the season, only West Ham (24) have had a worse record in the top-flight. (Opta)
Game management in the final quarter
Everybody loves a late goal to rescue a point or to win a game. Arsenal fans, this season, aren’t one of them. The Gunners’ game management in the final quarter of the 90 has been abysmal.
Arsenal have conceded 17 goals since Arteta’s appointment. Nine of those have come after the 75th minute, a stage of the game where the Gunners’ concentration levels seem to drop on a regular basis. (Orbinho/Opta)
Goals from set-pieces
For years now, Arsenal’s Achilles heel has been their defensive organisation during set-piece situations. This season has been no different.
Out of the 44 goals that they have conceded this term, 45% of those have come from set-pieces. That is the worst record in the Premier League and an easy route for the opponents to target every game. (Orbinho/Opta)
Over-reliance on clean sheets
Arsenal have kept 10 clean sheets this season, a decent number considering how poor their defence has been. However, when the Gunners haven’t kept a clean sheet, their results are almost always not a good one.
Since Arteta’s appointment, Arsenal have won just one of 10 games where the opposition has scored. Every time a team takes the lead or even levels the score, the Gunners’ chances of a win takes a serious hit which is a massive concern. (Orbinho/Opta)
Problems against the bigger sides
For a team to be among the top clubs of the Premier League, they need to beat the sides around them. Arsenal, sadly, have failed miserably against the top-six.
The Gunners have picked up one win and just six points from a possible 27 against the top six sides in the league this season. (Opta/Orbinho)
That, combined with their failures against the smaller clubs, shows exactly why they are where they are, and Arteta has to fix that to have any chance of success at the Emirates in the future.