Analysis

The Data Day: Chelsea v Arsenal

We take a look at the statistics from our Europa League final victory which give numerical weight to plenty of individual Chelsea performances and show just how deadly we were in front of goal in the second half…

Arsenal edged the shot count by 16 to 14, but that only tells half the story.

Before the break in Baku there had been nine shots shared between the teams, with just two on target, both Chelsea efforts.

In the second half there were a further 21 attempts. We hit the target with six of our nine efforts during that period, scoring with four of them in the space of 23 minutes.

Arsenal however tested Kepa just twice out of their 12 shots after the interval, missing the target with half of them and seeing a further four blocked.

Nine of Arsenal’s 16 attempts overall came after we went 4-1 up.

Eden Hazard scored with two of his three shots, and Olivier Giroud with one of his three.

Possession was basically evenly shared (50.1 per cent in our favour). Granit Xhaka (7.4 per cent) spent the most time on the ball, followed by our own Mateo Kovacic (7 per cent) and Jorginho (5.8 per cent).

Hazard had 80 touches (shown above), a figure bettered only by Xhaka who had 84.

Kovacic completed the highest number of passes of those wearing blue (58). Jorginho found a team-mate 47 times and both misplaced just six passes each all night.

When it came to key passes, Hazard’s five was a game-high figure. That included the assist for Pedro’s goal. Giroud made three key passes.

Hazard was also successful with five dribbles, two more than the next player in that department who was Kovacic.

Giroud and David Luiz each won three aerial duels, Chelsea-high figures.

Jorginho was by some distance the top tackler on the pitch, winning seven challenges. Emerson was next with four.

Cesar Azpilicueta made four interceptions, twice as many as the next player in that department who was David Luiz. The Brazilian’s three clearances was a game-high figure.

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