Stats that show the struggle for Ozil this season

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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…

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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.

2015 1.4 4.2
2016 1.8 2.7
22% -56%

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?


Big question…

Right, that’s all I have time today, you ponder that data and be thankful real football is coming home… (or away)

183 Responses to “Stats that show the struggle for Ozil this season”

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  1. freddylekgunner

    Mou the cunt is at it again, he must say this kind of bullshit before a big game, and he wonder why he’s not respected by others.

  2. Red&White4life

    Alexis Sanchez, the first football player who is part man/part machine.

    He is often less efficient when we play away, let’s hope he will shine tomorrow

  3. Jim Lahey

    Mourinho told reporters: “I think Mr. Wenger has respect
    from others. I don’t think I have. My last league title was
    18 months ago, not 18 years ago.”

    I said this a while back and caught some flak for it, Mourinho’s obsession with Wenger is that Wenger will have a sort of respect that Mourinho never will. Mourinho by far the more successful manager but it kills him that Wenger is more respected than him.

  4. Louis Almeida

    Jim, I think he craves the stability that Wenger has. It can be the only reason he keeps going for Wenger even though the latter never says anything about him. It makes no sense otherwise. He’s more successful than Wenger but he isn’t happy. That’s pretty telling. Anyway for him he needs to be successful at Man United otherwise his career at the top level may be coming to an end.

  5. Kelvin

    Jim, i could remeber someone saying Mourinho craves the respect Wenger gets and thats why he so hates him and i found reasons with that opinion. But i don`t remember if it was you, but Bamford rubbished that opinion, that i remember clearly.

  6. Jim Lahey

    @Louis –

    Thats true, I also believe Mourinho wants the admiration he feels he deserves. Its funny, its acts like this that stop him from being respected.. he is doing it to himself.

    If Mourinho hadn’t been such a total attention seeking bellend, he would be revered amongst everyone. His record is exemplary, however its not what he will be remembered for, it will be his circus antics on the touchline.

    Many of us Arsenal fans will remember Wenger for his shortcoming, many more will remember him for his successes. The media will remember him for the latter also… that no doubt irks Mourinho to no end.

  7. jwl

    Joke Friday:

    “Three guys are drinking in a bar when a drunk comes in, staggers up to the counter, and points at the guy in the middle, shouting, “Your mom’s the best sex in town!”

    Everyone expects a fight, but the guy ignores him, so the drunk wanders off and bellies up to the bar at the far end. Ten minutes later, the drunk comes back, points at the same guy, and says, “I just did your mom, and it was sw-eeeeet!” Again, the guy refuses to take the bait, and the drunk goes back to the far end of the bar.

    Ten minutes later, he comes back and announces, “Your mom liked it!” Finally, the guy interrupts. “Go home, dad, you’re drunk.”

  8. Rhys Jaggar

    Don’t thinks chances/goal is a meaningful statistic to judge if Arsenal are being jammy right now.

    1. Easiest way for that to drop is to be awarded more penalties, as 80%+ of those should be scored.
    2. Second reason is having less 25 yard shots or st least limiting them to folks like Xhaka who actually score from there.
    3. Third way to reduce it is to increase chances from 8 yards or less, as they will go in more often too.

    Arsenal might be being more intelligent, you know…..

  9. kc

    Mourinho loves to hear himself speak. What a salty little fellow he is. He can pay for school, but he can’t buy class. Good football mind, terrible mouth. But history tells us Wenger has zero chance at beating him tomorrow,and a loss here could snowball. Maybe the hex can be broken. Hell stranger things have already happened this week. Personally hope Giroud starts up top and we never see Oxlade ever again.

  10. ughelligunner

    “Saturday is a match
    between the two managers with the best record in the
    Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t here any more… I have three[titles, he
    [Arsene Wenger] has three… Does that mean we should
    be respected, even in
    periods where our results are not the best? I think Mr
    Wenger has that respect from all of you, I don’t think I
    have, especially because my last Premier League title was 18 months ago, not 18 years

    Joe, will never agree Mourhino envies wenger. Right there, from the horses mouth. You dont always need trophies to be respected worldwide, and mourhino knows. Joe please, Mourhino has now confirmed that he envies wenger unlike what most of you think.

    Maybe, Mourhino should try to be vast in major discussions with the press rather than just football, and try to build a stadium with his bare

  11. gonsterous

    People hoping Jack is the future of arsenal are the same people who hoped diaby would benefit the team. He was injured his entire career and so will Jack.. somethings can’t be changed !!

  12. Joe

    Envious? Haha

    More like disbelief how a loser like wenger has “respect”

    He could give two shits

    I think the 9 league titles and CLs will make him sleep fine at night haha.

    No CL and only 3 PLs, none in “18 years” 🙂 will haunt wenger forewver.