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Arsenal shooting woes laid bare by alarming Premier League stats

Premier League stats reveal Arsenal have one very obvious problem this season
Arsenal forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez (Getty)

Arsenal’s season is not going to plan. Their away form is dreadful, they can’t put a decent run together and they find themselves seventh in the Premier League.

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.

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Premier League stats reveal Arsenal have one very obvious problem this season
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal tenure is yet again coming under pressure (Getty)

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

Premier League stats reveal Arsenal have one very obvious problem this season
Mesut Ozil has been making a lot of chances (Getty)

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.

MORE: Jose Mourinho wants to sign Mesut Ozil for Manchester United for two reasons, claims Arsenal legend Martin Keown

MORE: Arsene Wenger explains shock decision to substitute Alexis Sanchez against West Ham

Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.

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