The latest set-back was a 0-0 draw with West Ham on Wednesday evening.
There is a debate raging about what is to blame – has Arsene Wenger’s reign run its course? Are the contract situations surrounding Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil proving a distraction? Is it the Gunners’ incredible ability to make daft defensive errors on a consistent basis?
All of those are arguably contributing factors.
But Premier League statistics reveal Arsenal have a very obvious problem this season – converting chances.
Following the latest round of fixtures, Arsenal have created 230 opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net – which is more than any other team – including table-toppers Manchester City.
Despite that, they’ve only scored 30 goals which is fewer than Man City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and level with Tottenham.
Chances created this season
Arsenal – 230
Man City – 228
Liverpool – 225
Tottenham – 224
Chelsea – 196
Man Utd – 159
Watford – 148
Everton – 125
Leicester – 123
Burnley – 121
Data courtesy of EA SPORTS
Their failures in front of goal come despite having an impressive array of talent in attack. With the summer signing of Alexandre Lacazette for £46.5million and the highly rated Ozil and Sanchez, top talents have struggled for a place in the side. Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott can’t be guaranteed a start.
Most chances created
Kevin De Bruyne – 50
Cesc Fàbregas – 47
Mesut Özil – 46
Alexis Sánchez – 40
David Silva – 37
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There is an element of bad luck involved for Arsenal, with stats revealing they’ve hit the woodwork more times than any other club with an incredible 10 shots coming back off the frame.
But for all the concern about Arsenal’s difficult season, there seems to be a simple solution. Start taking their chances.
Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.
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