6 – Bukayo Saka is 2nd in the Premier League with 6 assists. He’s just 1 assist away from his career high, last year, of 7
41 – Number of corners taken by Gabriel Martinelli: Martinelli has taken the most corners for Arsenal but his accuracy is fairly poor. He’s only found a teammate 13 times and has 0 key passes from corners. Compare that to Saka who has 39 corners, has found a teammate 15 times, has 8 key passes, and 2 assists. Clearly, something about Martinelli’s corners are just not quite as good as Saka’s
3 – Arsenal have three players in the top five for assists: Saka (6), Ødegaard (5), and Jesus (5)
123 – Gabriel Jesus is 2nd in the League in touches in the opp. penalty box with 123. Wild to think that he has played three matches fewer than 1st place Salah with 125 touches. Haaland is 3rd with 119 and Martinelli is 4th with 109. I expect Jesus to remain top 10 in this category until his return and then possibly reclaim the top spot by the end of the season
30 – Martinelli leads the League with 30 successful dribbles, Jesus is 4th with 27. Martinelli (66), Jesus (66), and Saka (62) are numbers 4, 5, 6 in the League in total overall dribbles attempted. Two seasons ago, Saka led all Arsenal players with 87 dribbles and Pepe was 2nd on the team with 66. That was for the entire season
109 – Benjamin White is 3rd in the League in Final Third passes with 109, behind Rodri and Declan Rice
28 – Benjamin White is 4th in the League in number of times he’s stopped someone dribbling past him with 28. He’s 28/37 (75.7%)
10 – Ødegaard is tied for 3rd in the League with 10 successful throughballs so far this season
I’m really curious to look at Arsenal’s stats at the actual midway point, compared to last season’s midway point (every team played once). I might even do a few years back. Depending on how much I give a flip about this stuff!
Anyway, Spurs on Sunday.