Premier League data dive: Arteta´s awesome Arsenal showing champion credentials

    Arsenal once again took advantage of Manchester City by failing to win the game on New Year’s Eve as the Gunners picked up seven points to finish top of the Premier League.

    A 4-2 win at Brighton & Hove Albion did the trick for Arsenal after Pep Guardiola’s men lost 1-1 at home to Everton, meaning City remain without a win in all five Premier League matches played on 31 December with four draws and losses. one.

    Third-placed Newcastle United also stumbled with a 0-0 home win against Leeds United, the Magpies’ fourth goalless game of the season.

    Elsewhere, Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse became the fifth player to score an own goal and take a free kick in a Premier League game, and the first since Gareth Bale for Tottenham against Liverpool in November 2012. Fulham.

    Manchester United beat Wolves at Molineux thanks to Marcus Rashford scoring the only goal of the game.

    Powered by Opta data, Stats Perform takes a close look at some of the key statistics for the latest Premier League games in 2022.

    Brighton & Hove Albion 2-4 Arsenal: Saki’s quick start sets the tone

    Bukayo Saka gave Mikel Arteta’s men the lead after just 66 seconds, marking the Gunners’ earliest away goal in the Premier League since Theo Walcott scored just 20 seconds later against QPR in May 2013.

    Captain Martin Odegaard (seven goals, five assists in the last 13 Premier League games), Eddy Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli scored to build on this early opening before late hesitation led to Brighton threatening to turn it into a game.

    Arsenal are only the fifth team in the history of the English top divisions to have scored 43 points or more in the first 16 games of the season (assuming three points are awarded for a win).

    The others are Tottenham Hotspur (46 points in 1960–61), Chelsea (43 points in 2005–06), Manchester City (46 points in 2017–18) and Liverpool (46 points in 2017–18). 2019–20). The connection between these parties is that each of them became a champion.

    Brighton are struggling at home but have a bright prospect in Evan Ferguson, who, at 18 years and 73 days old, became the club’s youngest goalscorer in the Premier League when he grabbed the Seagulls’ second goal.

    Newcastle United 0-0 Leeds United: Toon Howe’s team draw

    Newcastle finished the year with an outstanding 2022 record at St James’ Park with 41 points from 18 games (W12 D5 L1), with only Liverpool (48) and Manchester City (44) scoring more points on your field.

    This result was disappointing, but perhaps we should have anticipated it. Despite posting an expected goals (xG) of 2.01, confirming that Newcastle had plenty of chances to reach all three points, Newcastle have not won their last league match in any of the last six calendar years (D5 L1) after beating Nottingham Forest. 3-1 in the 2016 championship.

    Leeds, keen to stay out of trouble in the bottom half, are unbeaten in four consecutive away matches against Newcastle for the first time (W1 D3), and their four points from their last three trips away at Elland Road match their total. compared to the previous seven away games (W1 D1 L5).

    Manchester City 1-1 Everton: Gray day as Haaland’s strike is not enough

    It looked like a familiar story when Erling Haaland gave City the lead in the 24th minute, but Demarai Grey, who played in the second half, saved the point to the modest Everton.

    The result means defending champions City, who were stunned 2-1 at home by Brentford before the World Cup break, have gone consecutive home games without a win for the first time since defeats to Leeds and Chelsea in April- May 2021.

    Everton escaped defeat after losing for the first time at the Etihad Stadium and scored their first league point since a 1–1 draw in August 2017.

    Haaland’s 21 Premier League goals this season are the most scored by any player in a campaign prior to the start of the year, with only Harry Kane (26) scoring more in the competition in a calendar year.

    Gray’s lucky strike in the 64th minute was Everton’s first of the game and gave the former Leicester City striker his first league away goal since scoring in August 2021 at Brighton.

    Wolverhampton 0-1 Manchester United: rash still there

    Rashford came off the bench to become a hero as he was relegated to a backup role after oversleeping and arriving late for a team meeting.

    It was a rare mistake on the part of the Englishman, who now shows exemplary form for United. Rashford has scored in three consecutive games for United for the first time since November 2019.

    Rashford’s classy 76th-minute finish earned him his 100th Premier League goal (65 goals, 35 assists) and his 12th goal as a substitute in the competition. Only Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (17) and Javier Hernandez (14) have scored more off the bench for United in the competition.

    Former manager Solskjaer, meanwhile, is the only boss to have 10 Premier League wins in fewer appearances than Erik ten Hag. Solskjaer took 12 games while Ten Hag took 16 to reach the total and his team is now in fourth place.

    United’s success gave them their third consecutive away win over Wolves for the first time, meaning they were undefeated in their final league game of the year after a shocking 3-2 loss to Blackburn Rovers in 2011, winning eight and having drawn three matches. fixtures at the end of the year.

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