The Debrief: Hudson-Odoi contributes to strong finale but early damage costly

Gunners come out firing 

Although both sides had seven first-half shots, five of Arsenal’s were inside the box compared to two of ours. They created two big chances, and scored with both of their shots on target before the break. 

Arsenal’s front four spent 13.6 per cent of the first half in possession. That was close to a third of their total time on the ball (47 per cent), and underlines the threat they posed in the attacking part of the pitch. 

In contrast, our front three were on the ball 8.2 per cent of the time in the first half. That figure rose to 13.1 per cent after the interval, indicative of our improvement.

Better after the break

In the second half, we had more ball possession (70 per cent to 53 per cent), more shots (12 to seven), more shots on target (three to zero), and more shots inside the box (nine to two) than we mustered before the break. 

We won twice as many corners, and completed more accurate passes (292 to 214) at a better completion rate (88 per cent to 80 per cent) as well.


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