14 ridiculous stats from Arsenal’s win over Everton

14 ridiculous stats from Arsenal’s win over Everton

Arsenal made the most of a lacklustre Toffees side as they ran out 5-2 winners at Goodison Park.

The Gunners had five different scorers today in the goal rout as they won emphatically to further throw Everton manager Ronald Koeman’s future in even more doubt. Today’s victory marked the first time Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette all started alongside one another and it paid dividends.

Wenger had called on his players for a crucial win against the Merseyside club to turn the season around and to lift club morale, and they responded confidently.

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Here are the stats that ensured the Gunners lift themselves to fifth in the Premier League.

1. Alexis Sanchez to Mesut Ozil is the most prolific assist-to-scorer combo for Arsenal in the Premier League since the start of last season.

Sanchez have provide the assist for six of Ozil’s goals, which is the Gunners’ most successful strike partnership. The Chilean provided Ozil with the second goal in their 5-2 win over the Toffees today, dinking in a sublime ball to the German from the left-wing at the near post.

It marks Ozil’s first Premiership goal this season, redemption for failing to hit the mark and double his side’s lead to 2-0 against Watford last weekend – a game they ultimately lost 2-1.

2. Arsenal have scored more headed goals in the Premier League than any other team since 2011/12.

Ozil’s header in today’s game against the Blues was Arsenal’s 78th headed goal across six years, which is four more than any other team in the top-flight.

It is also their 23rd headed goal since the start of last season, with Ozil netting three of them.

3. Arsenal have now scored more goals against Everton than any other club in Premier League history.

With today’s 5-2 win, Arsenal have now registered more goals against Everton – 100 goals – than any other top-flight side, which surpasses Manchester United’s record against the Blues with 96 goals. In doing so, they have also become the first team to have reached triple figures against in their history.

4. Mesut Özil created more chances in the first half vs. Everton than the other 21 players on the pitch combined.

The German created six chances in the opening half, which is more than all of the other 21 players combined (five). Ozil provided Lacazette with the assist for the third goal to make it 3-1.

After scoring from Sanchez’s assist, Ozil returned the favour for Lacazette and bagged one goal and one assist – both his firsts in the league this season – in the 24th chance he has created this term.

5. Arsenal had more shots in the first half vs. Everton than they have had in any league game in the past six seasons.

Arsene Wenger fielded an attack-minded lineup against Everton which saw Lacazette, Ozil and Sanchez line up for the first time this season, and the starting of the front-three saw the side register 17 shots in the first half – which is more than they have attempted for any Premiership game since 2011.

Each also scored a goal, with Ozit and Sanchez each registering an assist.

It was a decision that paid off as the Gunners were desperate for a win and a return to form following lukewarm displays against Watford and Belgrade.

The fielding of the lethal front-three also comes after accusations by Troy Deeney that the Gunners are not fully committed to their club – though the 5-1 win keeping critics at bay for now.

6. Jordan Pickford made more saves in the first half vs. Arsenal; the most he’s ever made in the first half of a Premier League game.

The English goalkeeper made eight saves against Arsenal which is the most he’s made in the first half of any league game. Pickford had denied Ramsey early in the first half but conceded a goal to Nacho Monreal after saving Granit Xhaka’s shot that took the score to 1-1 at half-time.

The Gunners, however, were rejuvenated following the break and scored four more goals, helped by the sending off of Idrissa Gana Gueye late on.

7. Nacho Monreal has scored two league goals in one season for the first time in his career.

The Spanish defender netted twice this season which is the highest he’s ever scored so far. Monreal scored against Brighton in Arsenals’ 2-0 win and levelled the scoreline today, netting on the rebound from Xhaka’s saved shot by Pickford.

8. Granit Xhaka has made more defensive errors leading to a league goal than any other Arsenal player since the start of last season.

Xhaka was at fault for the opening goal when he was under pressure from Rooney and ultimately paid the consequence when the Toffees striker scored from 20 yards out, today’s error doubling the amount of errors (two) he has made that have directly led to a league goal.

9. Wayne Rooney has now scored 12 Premier League goals against Arsenal; more than any other player has managed against them.

Wayne Rooney’s opening strike was his 12th against the Gunners – the most that any player has scored against Arsenal – and he did so in typical vintage Rooney style that was almost a carbon copy of the first goal he scored against them 15 years ago.

10. Alexandre Lacazette has now scored his first league goal away from home.

The Frenchman ended his away goal drought by netting in the third goal against Everton. Lacazette’s first four strikes for Arsenal this season after arriving from Lyon all came at the Emirates, where he has already evidently made his new home.

11. Lacazette has played the full 90 just once in the Premier League so far.

Lacazette has only played a full match for Arsenal just once in the league this term. He was subbed off against Everton in the 77th minute in his ninth game for the Gunners.

12. Mesut Ozil created 24 chances in the league before his first assist today.

The German’s 24 chances created was the most number of key chances he provided before registering an actual assist. In previous seasons, he’d achieved his first assist in a significantly reduced number of chances created – but thankfully Lacazette was there at the other hand to convert.

Ozil’s eight chances created against the Toffees was also the most created by any player in a single Premier League game this season.

13. Mesut Özil created 8 chances against Everton; the most by any player in a single Premier League game this season.

14. Jack Wilshere recorded his first league assist for Arsenal since September 2014.

The midfielder slotted in for Aaron Ramsey to make it 3-1, in what was a return to the first team after a loan spell at Bournemouth last year and an extended layoff due to injury. His assist was his first one in just over two years for the Gunners, and he marked his return in style.