Wooooooah, more exhausting than a 12 hour flight is this Alexis Sanchez malarky.
So, he played and scored twice against Uruguay. Bloody great news, but not if he comes back battered. What made me laugh was this headline…
Suicidal decisions on fitness are ok if Arsene Wenger makes them. Live to fight another day is not part of the Arsene Wenger vocab and I have no doubt if his leg is attached, Alexis will be on that starting 11 sheet. I don’t know the state he’s in, so who am I to comment, I just pray to the good Lord Dennis Bergkamp that he and the football gods will look upon his body with good grace.
We can’t spend the next 6 weeks without one of the best players in the world. We will need to work out a way of giving him a break, his schedule has been beyond crazy of late and we’ll need a fresh Alexis for the back end of the season if we’re still competing.
There’s an interesting read on Arsenal and goals featured on Sky Sports. The jist is that Arsenal are scoring goals through less chances, a goal every 5.1 chances, versus our nearest rival Chelsea who are 5.7. The author is basically saying our form isn’t sustainable, and that our success is us riding a wave of unusual efficiency in front of goal. We are around 7th / 8th mark for shots taken / shots on target. We’re also creating less chances that we have done in previous seasons.
It has to be a concern for the manager. He does seem to go out of his way to beat adventurism out of our game (shooting etc) and the lack of chances created has been an issue, highlighted by the lack of Ozil assists this season.
We’ll see though… we’re going through an unusual spell of efficiency, that could quite easily revert back to a usual spell of creativity matched with inefficiency that pays off to the same degree it is now. I have wondered if Ozil’s new goal scoring form has impacted his stats. Like, more time spent blazing forward detracts from his ability to dictate play… and look, I discovered that maybe it has.
Season on season, so far, it would appear that Ozil has sacrificed shots for passes.
He’s increased his shots per game by 22%, but that appears to have come at a cost of reducing his key passes per game by 55%. The numbers are just in the league, I’ve not looked at the others because I’m time poor. But interesting. What does Arsene want? A goal scoring Ozil, or a creative Ozil?
CAN HE HAVE BOTH?
Right, that’s all I have time today, you ponder that data and be thankful real football is coming home… (or away)