Wednesday 13 December 2017

Arsenal damned by nou camp numbers

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed after the match that his team would have gone through if striker Robin van Persie had not been controversially sent off.

However, judging by the statistics from Tuesday's encounter at the Nou Camp, it's difficult to agree with Wenger's assessment.

208 The number of completed passes by Barcelona's midfielders Andres Iniesta (right) and Xavi. Arsenal's entire team managed only 214.

108 Completed passes by Xavi, the most on the pitch. In comparison, Jack Wilshere (right) completed the most passes for Arsenal with 25.

576 The number of passes Barcelona completed more than Arsenal, with 790 (out of 891 attempted) to the Gunners' 214 (out of 307).

3 Barcelona's high pressing was rewarded by winning the ball three times in the Arsenal penalty area.

2 Arsenal made just two touches in Barcelona's penalty area - although had Nicklas Bendtner (right) not taken such a poor touch at the death the third could have been crucial. That compared to an incredible total of 47 by Barcelona in Arsenal's box.

0 Arsenal's attempts on goal. The Gunners became the first team to fail to attempt a single shot in any game in the Champions League, the Europa League and the top five European domestic leagues this season.

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