We continue our FPL stats series by looking at the essential Arsenal FPL stats from last season. We’d recommend reading our article on the best Arsenal FPL players 2021/22 too.

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Essential Arsenal FPL Stats | Attacking Numbers

Arsenal are another team going through an evolutionary phase. They seem to do many things well but have yet to develop a dangerous attack.

Having the 4th best pass completion (85.1%) and the 3rd most through balls (34) indicate that Arsenal want to be a team that can hold possession and draw opposing defences out.

It seems Mikel Arteta is slowly imposing this style of play on the side, and it might be starting to work. Last season they were dispossessed the fewest times (260).

Their attack, however, was somewhat predictable. Arsenal created the 4th most chances from their left side (131), compared to 105 from the right and only 96 from the centre.

Arsenal sorely missed a quality forward last season. If they were more dangerous and able to penetrate lines better, they could improve on their 3rd fewest attempts from set pieces.

To be fair, they also only conceded the 5th fewest attempts from set pieces (97).

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Essential Arsenal FPL Stats | Defensive Numbers

Defensively, Arsenal were a mixed bag and very difficult to read for FPL purposes. They conceded the 5th fewest big chances (58) and had the 5th lowest expected goals against (xGA) (43.34).

It’s also interesting to note that Arsenal’s defence took away 7.04 expected goals from teams when their shots were on target. This is calculated by subtracting expected goals on target allowed (36.3) from expected goals allowed (43.34).

On the flip side of those good stats, they had the joint 4th most errors leading to a chance (11), the most own goals (4), and the 2nd most red cards (5).

Arteta will look to rectify these mistakes this off-season. He’ll want to see more of the discipline that meant conceding the joint fewest penalties last season (3).

Arsenal will look to Bukayo Saka (£6.5m) to continue his development and begin showing some finishing ability. If Emile Smith-Rowe (£5.5m) can grow into a ball recovering and ball distributing centre midfielder, Arsenal can perhaps begin to show the fruits of their metamorphosis.

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