THE DATA DAY: ARSENAL V CHELSEA
Saturday's game was a finely balanced one based on time with the ball, but Chelsea were more accurate in front of the net.
The weekend's statistics also show a different Eden Hazard from the previous weekend against Stoke…
There is evidence of Chelsea playing a narrow game against a side well-known for their ability to penetrate the opposition in central positions. Roberto Di Matteo's side attempted just 15 crosses over the 90 minutes which contrasts with Arsenal's 36. In addition the most frequent link-up of passing was between the Gunners' right-back Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of him, suggesting more space down the flanks.
Arsenal had 51.4 per cent possession with a similar number of passes to Chelsea - 413 completed out of 469 attempted (an 88 per cent ratio). Chelsea's 84 per cent completion rate was from 458 passes attempted. Arsenal had 17 shots to our 10 but only four on target to our three - two of which resulted in the goals.
Against Stoke in the previous league match, Eden Hazard didn't beat an opponent with his dribbling. At Arsenal Hazard was successful in five of his take-ons out of six. That was more than any other player on the park. He was also fouled a game-high five times, one of which led to the first goal. In total Chelsea conceded 14 fouls, as did and Arsenal.
Juan Mata's ability to create goals from set-pieces was on show on Saturday but so was his ability to be safe in possession in open play. Four of the 51 passes the Spaniard attempted failed to make their target but they were all in the attacking third of the pitch, suggesting he only takes risks high up.
Prior to the game Fernando Torres told chelseafc.com a key to the game could be winning the ball back high up the field and the striker was successful in three out of three tackles attempted. Ramires won five from five. Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs with eight from nine was the highest.
Chelsea won 23 of 26 attempted tackles. John Terry made seven successful clearances, three more than any other player.