Lots of the talk about the Arsenal game against Sunderland was about how well the makeshift defence did in keeping Sunderland at bay once Jenkinson was sent off. It seems as if we had turned a corner and finally got the defenders organised and the rest of the team defending from the front.
Statistics show, however, that Arsenal have one of the best defences in the Premier league, so we should not have been surprised at the clean sheet at the Stadium of Light.
Only Chelsea and Manchester City have conceded less goals than the Gunners, and we have the fourth best goal difference in the league, 21 as opposed to Tottenham’s 14 which could prove important. In statistics provided by EPLindex.com, Arsenal compare well with the other top seven teams. In factors such as total tackles made, tackle success rate, ground and aerial duels won and interceptions, we are as good or better than most of the others.
The Gunners have made an astonishing 17 successful last man tackles, the next best being Everton and Tottenham with five. The one glaring inconsistency for Arsenal, and the reason we are not higher up the table, is the defensive errors. With 34 errors made, Arsenal are top of that table, with the average of the rest being 19. We have conceded 13 goals from defensive errors, while Chelsea’s total is just three, Spurs and United’s is five and City’s is six.
A punishing 45 percent of all goals conceded by us in the league this season were caused by Defensive errors. The good thing about this is that we seem to have got over that problem and are playing with more belief. As long as we keep that up, the future looks bright, the future looks red and white.