An uninspiring win over Portsmouth courtesy of a goal from William Gallas stretched Arsenal’s longest sequence of league matches this season without defeat to seven games. A miserable stat but at least Wenger seemed to better understand his team from the win.
Without regurgitating the Match Analysis there were some mildly interesting stats to better analyse the game. The above average touch positions of each player shows the play got rather congested in front of the Portsmouth box. Without any real wide men who and crosses in the box, the passing around the area suited Pompey.
Getting support is a more current tactical trend but most of all it requires good movement. Arsene Wenger wanted these triangles hence moving Bendtner to the left and Nasri more central but in the end the movement was still similar to before. Using Barcelona as an example they look to break down the opponenets defence by getting midfielders adavncing past the forwards into the box. There were some positive signs but it seems tiredness was affecting certain players, not to mention a lack of ingenuity.
It was interesting to see the partnership of Denilson and Diaby and the latter showed that maybe there is an opportunity for him and Fabregas to play together when the captain is fit. His passing which has come under some scrutiny seemed decent but in the end lacking creativity as he made 1 key pass (Nasri 5, Denilson 2).
Most of the Gunners ball winning came from the intercept but the Frenchman showed another one of his strengths; his tackling. He made three while Denilson zero and Ramsey one. Denilson tended to pass sideways or for others to create, playing the ball to Diaby 9 times, Clichy 13 and Sagna 7, while his partner only passed back to him once.
The importance in the full backs to create width was evident as Sagna and Clichy made close to 70 passes while the bulk of the play was down the right with Sagna. Vela came on and provided 5 crosses more than any other player which surely gave Wenger soemthing to think about concerning new signings
Hope the stats provided some interest in what was otherwise a not very exciting match.