The stats are out in force following the Wolves’ defeat.
In the Premier League campaign, Aubameyang has only scored one goal from open play, and provided one assist.
In his previous two seasons, the forward averaged 3.1 shots/game and 2.67 shots and this season 1.81/game. No fast breaks shots have been recorded (by Opta).
Expected goals have fallen in the past three seasons from 0.63, to 0.38 to 0.14/game.
Percentage of touches in the box has fallen from 13.2% to 11.6% to 10.6%/game this season.
Percentage of touches which are shots has fallen from 8.3%, to 7.1%, to 5.2%/game.
Previous seasons, he received between 24 to 25 passes on average. This season it is 21.
Thierry Henry said about a year ago, after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth that Aubameyang’s goals get Arsenal out of a jam, and mask average or below par performances. Other pundits say the goals need to be shared around more, namely with Lacazette and Pepe – both below a goal every two games.
Only three teams in the Premier League have scored fewer goals – West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield United, all of whom sit in the relegation zone.
Overall, Arsenal sit 84th out of the 98 teams in Europe’s Big Five divisions in terms of shots taken (9.5/game).
But compared with Emery, Arteta’s overall win rate is slightly better at 55.6% compared to 55.1%. Emery’s league performance was better 49% v 43.3%, but Arteta’s cup performance was better and on average concedes less goals -1.4 in the Premiership compared to 1.78.
But the talk inevitably turns to Arteta’s potential replacement.
Massimiliano Allegri has been installed as favourite to be appointed the next manager at 17/10, followed by Thomas Tuchel at 10/3 with Patrick Vieira third at 5/1. Thierry Henry is 6/1.
And other solutions, like Jack Wilshere whose odds for joining Arsenal (as a player, of course) fell from 14/1 to 9/5.
The situation isn’t helped by the announcement that Thomas Partey will miss “the next few games” due to a thigh injury sustained in the loss against Aston Villa.
ANR says stick with Mikel Arteta.