The stats that show Unai Emery is taking Arsenal backwards after dismal Sheffield United defeat

first_imgAdvertisementAdvertisementMousset’s strike condemned Arsenal to their 22nd conceded goal from a set-piece since the start of last season, a total only worsened by Watford (25) who have one clean sheet since February and Everton (24) whose zonal-marking led shortcomings under Marco Silva have been well-documented.Arsenal used to routinely struggle against the Bolton’s and Stoke’s of this world and as of yet, Emery has been unable to rectify what has been a prevailing problem for a number of seasons.Surprising shot statisticsA criticism levelled at Emery and his team recently is that Arsenal rarely seem to be in control of a match, with their opponents routinely enjoying promising spells of pressure.That his highlighted by the fact that Arsenal have conceded on average 16 shots per game – a total that only two of the three promoted clubs (Aston Villa and Norwich City) can beat. 1/1 Oliver Young-MylesTuesday 22 Oct 2019 12:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Read More PLAY Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Full Screen Arsenal were beaten by Lys Mousset’s goal at Bramall Lane (Picture: Getty)Speaking on Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher went as far as to suggest that the Gunners are moving backwards under their Spanish tactician, saying: ‘I don’t see anything different from when Arsene Wenger was there at the end. I don’t see it.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In fact, at times it actually looks worse. I think Sheffield United played better football in the first half than Arsenal and I don’t think you would have seen that under Wenger.’Certain statistics to have emerged in the aftermath of Sheffield United’s win seem to back up Carragher’s assertions…Wretched away formArsenal’s unconvincing away form has been a major issue for a while and their travel sickness was the main reason for last season’s top-four failure. Despite having the third-best home record in the Premier League, seven teams bettered Arsenal’s away efforts in 2018-19.The Gunners claimed 20 more points at the Emirates than they did elsewhere last season and a similar pattern is already emerging this campaign. Arsenal have won three and drawn one of their four homes games, but won only one of their five away matches. The stats that show Unai Emery is taking Arsenal backwards after dismal Sheffield United defeat Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Comment AdvertisementA rather damning stat that demonstrates this, is that Arsenal have as many clean sheets away from home (two) as Sheffield United do in 19 more matches. If Wilder can, with all due respect to Sheffield United’s players, make an inferior team difficult to score against, then why can’t Emery with Arsenal’s squad?More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? 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At this stage last season, Arsenal had scored 22 times – nine more than their current tally – with ten different scorers compared to only six this term.In recent years, Arsenal’s glaring weakness has been at the back, but at present even their attack isn’t functioning particularly effectively.Set-piece vulnerabilitySheffield United have stuck two fingers up at a number of lazy pundits who reduced their style of football to that of the hit-and-hope variety with Wilder’s side popping the ball about nicely in midfield and creating a decent number of chances.However, it is very on-brand of Arsenal to lose to a battling team expected to be in the lower reaches of the table this season via a set-piece goal with Mousset seizing upon a Jack O’Connell knockdown to scramble in a first-half winner. SPONSORED Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Monday night (Picture: Getty)Arsenal could have moved back to within a point of Manchester City in the Premier League table with a win against Sheffield United on Monday night.Instead, they remain outside the top four places in fifth-place after Lys Mousset’s first-half goal – only his fifth in 64 Premier League games – handed Chris Wilder’s Blades a richly deserved victory.The traditional top-six teams don’t usually falter against newly-promoted opponents yet the end result at a boisterous Bramall Lane was far from a shock result, considering Arsenal’s long-standing troubles on their travels.Sheffield United have made a strong start to their first Premier League campaign in 12 years, but regardless it was a defeat that raised further questions over the direction in which Arsenal are travelling (or should that be meandering) in under Unai Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Top articles Including the final five games of last season, Arsenal have been beaten in half of their last ten away matches, taking 11 points from a possible 30.Should such form continue the club’s long-awaited return to the Champions League may be prolonged further.Dwindling goal threatAlthough David Luiz’s recent winner against Bournemouth proved to be the exception to the rule, generally speaking Arsenal only tend to win in the Premier League this season if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been on the scoresheet.Aubameyang has scored seven of Arsenal’s 13 league goals this season, accounting for 54 per cent of their overall total. Only Norwich City are more reliant on their leading marksman with Teemu Pukki’s six goals making up 60 per cent of their ten. 1 min. story Bernd Leno has been kept extremely busy since his arrival at Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen last summer (Picture: Getty)In contrast, Arsenal have fired off just 13 attempts per game which has them eighth in the division behind the likes of Villa, Southampton, Everton and winless Watford. Arsenal aren’t shooting enough and are letting their opponents have far too many.This is hardly a new phenomenon, though, as since Emery was appointed, Arsenal have conceded 13.7 shots per game and attempted 12.4. That a top-six side frequently has fewer shooting opportunities than their opponents is pretty concerning.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityClean sheet woesWhen Emery took charge of Arsenal, they were already vulnerable at the back and while that is worth remembering, he has clearly been unable to instigate much, if any improvement in their defensive performances. by Metro Read More About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement Coming Nextlast_img read more

Swiss Media: Damn, which one of these two teams qualified for the Finals of Euro 2016?

first_imgSwiss media gave a lot of attention to last night’s victory of our national football team over their selection on the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich. Disappointment for another defeat of Vladimir Petkovic dominated in the comments, but the media did not save compliments for our Dragons.Blick: Edin Dzeko gave a lesson to Swiss starsFrom the very beginning of the match at the Letzigrund stadium, fans of BiH took over the initiative on the stands and their favorites on the field. Apathetic Swiss acted paralyzed while technically inclined Bosnians dominated the field.After only few minutes, the question was: Damn, which one of these two teams qualified for the finals of the European Championship?Yes, Switzerland is going on the Euro, and BiH is not! Switzerland, who lost 3 of the last 4 test matches, and whose strategy is mainly reduced to looking for indisposed Seferovic with high balls.And another thing: Edin Dzeko was the biggest star on the field. The player with knowledge and experience. The player who did not pose but who “plowed” the field. His efforts gave the lesson to Swiss stars and showed them what a real professional looks More than deserved victory of BiHAnyone who expected a reaction of Vladimir Petkovic after the defeat in the previous match in Ireland (0: 1) from B-selection of the host, got disappointed. It is clear that in a duel with the offensive strong team such as BiH, the task was more than difficult.Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic, stars of Roma, scored goals for more than deserved victory of guests who were actually “hosts”, since the majority of the 17,000 spectators of the match were fans of the Balkan team.(Source: read more

Mississippi State, Ole Miss support SEC pressure for a new state flag: ‘It is past time for change’

first_img“It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a recent statement. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all.”In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the flag is changed.”MORE: Why Florida banned its “Gator Bait” cheerThe NCAA has banned postseason events in Mississippi for the same reason.The SEC’s two schools in the state, Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi, have not displayed the flag since 2016. Both released statements of support in the wake of Sankey’s threat to keep conference championships out of the state until its flag is changed. Almost 20 years after the people of Mississippi voted to keep its state flag featuring the Confederate symbol, Mississippi legislators are proposing another bill that would remove the stars and bars from the upper corner of the banner.And in order for the state to host future Southeastern Conference championships, as it last did in 2016 with the SEC softball tournament, it will need to pass. From Mississippi State president Mark Keenum: “Clearly, the current national climate is such that this debate may produce unintended consequences for our student athletes here at Mississippi State University and those at the University of Mississippi. Since 2015, our Student Association, Robert Holland Faculty Senate and university administration have been firmly on record in support of changing the state flag. I have reiterated that view to our state’s leaders on multiple occasions, including during face-to-face discussions in recent days and hours.”On June 12, I wrote to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Mississippi House reaffirming that support. The letter said, in part, that our flag should be unifying, not a symbol that divides us. I emphasized that it is time for a renewed, respectful debate on this issue.”I support President Keenum. At Mississippi State University I embrace the inclusion of all People and open dialogue on all issues. Hail State!— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) June 19, 2020From Ole Miss chancellor Glenn Boyce and athletic director Keith Carter in a joint statement:”The University of Mississippi community concluded years ago that the Confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values, such as civility and respect for others. In 2016, the university stopped flying the state flag over our campus. Mississippi needs a flag that represents the qualities of our state that unite us, not those that still divide us.”We support the SEC’s position for changing the Mississippi State flag to an image that is more welcoming and inclusive for all people.”According to WAPT in Jackson, Miss., the legislature that would change the state’s flag is in danger of not making it past committee. State Sen. Derrick Simmons, who filed the resolution, did say he is hopeful the flag will eventually change.last_img read more