Having lost their last three matches, there’s no doubt that Arsenal are in a slump right now, but these seven stats prove that their fortunes could turn around soon.
The Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup at the weekend and they have also lost some ground in the title race by dropping points to Fulham, West Ham and Liverpool.
Mikel Arteta’s side now find themselves fourth in the table and five points behind league leaders Liverpool. With Arsenal now out of both domestic cup competitions, their full focus will turn to the Premier League and Champions League.
The Gunners now have a gap in their fixture list to reflect on their recent form as they will be out of action for the next 11 days until they face Crystal Palace at home.
“Probably it has (become a psychological issue),” Arteta told reporters following their FA Cup defeat.
“Especially after today, more than it was against Fulham or West Ham before that. That’s why I think we need to reset. This break is good. It comes in a good time.
“We’re going to as well feel how we feel and how I feel about them in difficult moments. Hopefully, I can see that from other people too. When things are going well they jump on the train. Now things are difficult, let’s see where they stand.”
While there’s no doubt that Arsenal’s performance levels have dipped of late, we have identified seven underlying stats which prove the Gunner’s fortunes could turn around soon.
Reiss Nelson squandered this and just laughed like it’s nothing. Mentality. We need to work on that. From the starters to the squad players. pic.twitter.com/bXMmlvjeuy
— The Nomad Post. (@the_nomad_post) January 8, 2024
– Arsenal have accumulated an xG of 6.5 in their last three matches, but have only managed to score one goal. Perhaps further highlighting their need for a new striker in January.
– Conversely, Arsenal have faced a non-penalty xG of just 2.5 in their last three matches, but have conceded six goals in that time. These underlying numbers would suggest Arsenal’s recent results have been somewhat unfortunate.
– Arteta’s side have created 29 big chances in their last nine matches across all competitions, but have only scored from seven of them. This highlights an issue with finishing rather than a lack of creativity.
– Despite failing to win any of their last four matches, Arsenal have taken 28 more shots than they have faced in this time.
– Since playing Liverpool in December, Arsenal have averaged 18.5 shots per game, but they are only scoring 0.5 goals per game.
– Arsenal have conceded 13 goals from the last 30 shots on target they have faced. An upturn in form from David Raya or Aaron Ramsdale in the coming months would be a huge boost to Arteta’s side.
– Bukayo Saka has only scored one goal from his last 29 shots across all competitions. A player with as much talent as Saka should be able to flip those numbers around sooner rather than later.