Mikel Arteta's Gunners have been deadly from set-pieces

Dead-ball specialists: Arsenal flying in Premier League set-piece goal rankings

Arsenal lead the way in the Premier League when it comes to set-piece goals in 2023-24, although the likes of Everton and Tottenham aren’t far behind.

Mastering the art of set-piece situations certainly isn’t easy, even in the Premier League we see some of Europe’s biggest superstars struggle to beat the first man from a corner.

While some sides have struggled to have much success from dead-ball situations, Arsenal haven’t had such troubles as they have managed to score 12 goals from set-pieces so far.

To put that into context, 28 per cent of the league goals that the Gunners have scored this season have either come from corners or free-kicks.

Mikel Arteta was quick to praise his coaching staff after their triumph against Crystal Palace as their first two goals came from corners.

“Credit to all the coaches, to Nico [Jover, set-piece coach] for the amount of time and belief we put in,” Arteta told the club website.

“It’s got a huge impact – we’ve seen that as well in recent games that we’ve lost when we’ve conceded set-pieces, so the outcome is very different when you don’t concede and score.”

The likes of Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice and Gabriel Martinelli have shared the responsibilities for Arsenal’s set-pieces. More often than not, they’ve managed to be on the money.

Along with Arsenal, Everton have also had plenty of joy from these situations. Sean Dyche has a reputation for being a set-piece specialist as a coach and his side have scored 11 so far.

The likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, Wolves, Luton Town, Newcastle and Aston Villa have also been deadly from dead-ball situations this time around.

Given the recent return of Kevin De Bruyne, we wouldn’t be surprised to see City scoring from even more set-piece situations in the second half of the campaign.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Crystal Palace have been pretty useless in this regard. They’ve only managed to score from one set-piece situation which is the worst record of any Premier League side.

Having Michael Olise sidelined for a large chunk of the season probably hasn’t helped Roy Hodgson’s side in this regard.

Along with Palace, the likes of Burnley, Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest haven’t had much joy from set-pieces either.

Last season, Liverpool managed to score from 17 set-pieces, which was the most of any Premier League side. Although they’ve not been as potent this time around as they have only managed five set-piece goals so far.

We’ve taken a closer look at each Premier League side and have found how many goals they have scored from set-piece situations so far. Note: penalty goals have not been included.

1. Arsenal – 12 goals
2. Everton – 11 goals
3. Tottenham – 9 goals
=4. Wolves – 8 goals
=4. Luton – 8 goals
=4. Manchester City – 8 goals
=7. Newcastle – 7 goals
=7. Aston Villa – 7 goals
=9. West Ham – 6 goals
=9. Brentford – 6 goals
=11. Chelsea – 5 goals
=11. Liverpool – 5 goals
=11. Fulham – 5 goals
=14. Manchester United – 4 goals
=14. Bournemouth – 4 goals
16. Brighton – 3 goals
=17. Sheffield United – 2 goals
=17. Burnley – 2 goals
=17. Nottingham Forest – 2 goals
20. Crystal Palace – 1 goal

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