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xGunners: Arsenal Preseason Stats

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Some stats from Arsenal’s preseason matches

Arsenal v Chelsea - International Champions Cup 2018 Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Arsenal played four matches this pre-season against top flight opponents, they won two and drew two (winning one on penalties and losing the other) for an overall productive preseason.

In this I am not going to count Borehamwood because they are not at the level of the other teams and would not really give much in the way of a clue to how things will play out this coming season.

Arsenal stats:

For:

9 Goals

59 Shots

7.26 xG

24 Danger Zone shots

Against:

3 Goals

53 Shots

6.25 xG

23 Danger Zone Shots

The overall numbers of nine goals scored and three goals conceded is a bit flattering for Arsenal when you look at the shots for and against. Things were much closer than suggested by the overall goals with Arsenal barley outshooting their opponents 59 to 53 and winning the xG battle 7.3 to 6.3.

Arsenal Shooting

Arsenal Pre-Season Shooting

Player Goal xG Shot
Player Goal xG Shot
Alexandre Lacazette 3 1.93 10
Reiss Nelson 1 1.22 4
Eddie Nketiah 1 0.75 3
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1 0.53 8
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 0 0.43 5
Aaron Ramsey 0 0.38 3
Emile Smith-Rowe 1 0.33 3
Mesut �zil 1 0.30 2
Alex Iwobi 0 0.27 5
Shkodran Mustafi 0 0.26 2
Rob Holding 1 0.22 2
Mohamed Elneny 0 0.20 3
Sokratis 0 0.15 1
Matteo Guendouzi 0 0.12 3
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 0 0.05 1
Sead Kolasinac 0 0.04 1
Granit Xhaka 0 0.03 1
H�ctor Beller�n 0 0.03 1
Joe Willock 0 0.03 1

Alexandre Lacazette was Arsenal’s top goal scorer in the pre-season, racking up the most goals, most shots and the most xG. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also looked dangerous in the preseason and the pair of strikers makes me very excited to see the two line up together in the regular season.

Arsenal Key Passes

Key Passes

Player Assists xA Key Passes
Player Assists xA Key Passes
Reiss Nelson 3 1.397414587 5
Mesut �zil 0 0.542265419 8
Alexandre Lacazette 1 0.476516645 4
Emile Smith-Rowe 1 0.444930228 6
Rob Holding 1 0.423160009 1
Sead Kolasinac 0 0.423049462 4
Alex Iwobi 0 0.406063142 4
Matteo Guendouzi 0 0.178518383 2
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1 0.178518383 2
Aaron Ramsey 0 0.159154374 2
H�ctor Beller�n 0 0.152569737 1
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 0 0.150416799 1
Stephan Lichtsteiner 0 0.150416799 1
Calum Chambers 0 0.114699103 1
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 0 0.105125154 3
Eddie Nketiah 0 0.025948646 1

Reiss Nelson led Arsenal in xG+xA in the preseason and giving hints of the player that he could potentially grow into. Mesut Özil led Arsenal in chances created with eight total chances.

Running xG for each match

No it is time to play some matches that really count.