Arsenal make more tackles, more fouls and get more bookings under Unai Emery

It is little over six months since the Spaniard took over the reins from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium, but the numbers show how swift his impact has been.

Under Wenger, Arsenal were the masterpiece on tissue paper. Under Emery, they are the stone statue being sculpted.

Though the team may hold the same position as they did this time last year, they already have five more points.

And the impact could be from the increase in aggression and fight they've show.

That can be seen immediately with only a glance at the numbers, which present how much more fight the Gunners have this season.


Emery's Arsenal average almost two more fouls than Wenger's did last season, with 11.9 per game over 10.1.

The former PSG boss added Uruguayan Pit bull Lucas Torreira to his midfield which has brought more bite.

That has seen the team pick up two cards per game when Wenger's side were averaging 1.6 each game.

And while some may claim aggression doesn't equal success, Arsenal's tackles have increased, too.


Last season, they made an average of 16.4 per game, and that has been upped by 1.1 tackle in each match.

Compared to their top six rivals, Arsenal lead in the tackles charts.

They've made 280 tackles, two more than Tottenham and 30 more than Manchester United.

And 190 times those tackles have been deemed illegal, with Gunners second in the big six chart of fouls committed.

United have made 198, Spurs have done 184 while Manchester City have only made 142.

Emery has immediately injected some grit and brawn to this Arsenal side.

Their league position may not show improvement, but everything else certainly does.

A Champions League place next season is a realistic expectation with Emery around.

 

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