Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City – What the stats revealed about the game…


The Gunners were 5-0 winners over Lincoln FC in the FA Cup clash on Saturday to prove that their season is not all dead and gone, as it seems following back to back defeat against Liverpool (3-1) and (Bayern Munich 5-1 home and away) in the UEFA Champions League.

Be that as it may b, Theo Walcott got the breakthrough goal for Arsenal to open the scoring as goals kept coming in the second half.

The game was a true reflection of the score line as Arsenal dominated the game thus making Lincoln to be second best in the entire contest.

With the win some level of pressure has been lifted from Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger as we take some match statistics into consideration.

Here are what the stats says as regards to the Gunners thumping 5-0 victory over Lincoln FC.

The Gunners were superior in the attacking units as regards to attempts on goal as the host cut through the Lincoln’s defence to find the breakthrough which they truly deserve.
Players like Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez made sure that Arsenal’s 7 shots on goal did not count for nothing as it was crucial in nailing the visitors on the night as Nathan Arnold tested Petr Cech in goal with a decent strike which the Veteran was up to with a good save.

The shots off target shows the level of attacking quality both sides have in their kitty as regards to the 5-0 win for Arsenal at the Emirates. The visitors were content in defending whereas Arsenal have a different plan of their own which is to find the elusive goal as they sought to make amends for a woeful run of matches in recent games.
Arsenal’s attacking efforts off target was 16 in total compared to Lincoln FC’s 2 in the entire game. This shows the disparity between the two sides in quality from an attacking point of view.

The possession score board serves it right for Arsenal as they deservedly won 5-0 to salvage some respect in front of their home fans who needed victory by all means against the Lower League side.
The likes of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (who was replaced by Mesut Ozil) ensured that Arsenal bossed the midfield with a level of superiority to win the game for Arsenal in a brilliant fashion.

It was no surprise as the Gunners amassed 10 corners in the game, 5 times (5x) more than the underdogs(with due respect)Lincoln who had just 2 in the entire 90 minutes of the game.
The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott in particular forced corner-kick in behind the Lincoln defence as the visitors were finding it tough to cope with the pace of Bellerin and Walcott on the right and Alexis Sanchez (flair) on the left as corner-kick looked inevitable for the Lincoln side who concede 10 of them in the game.

The Gunners were caught offside on one occasion as compared to Lincoln 3 offside calls in the entire game. This was as a result of their bid to catch Arsenal on the break (counter) as they (Lincoln) defended stoutly especially in the first period of the match.
Arsenal were dominant in the game and so there were no need to get behind the defence and into the linesman offside trap as they worked their way to victory just like (Aaron) Ramsey did in the 75th minutes of the game to add gloss to the score line.

The Gunners gave away 9 fouls in the game To Whom It May Concern as the visitor’s committed 8 fouls in the game. Players like Xhaka and Coquelin were guilty of this foul on occasion along with Koscielny even when they dominated the game with all evidence.

Though Arsenal committed 9 fouls in the game, 1 (one) more than Lincoln who had 8 in the game. The visitors received 3 yellow cards in the game as compared to Arsenal 2 bookings in the match.
This is likely as a result of more/poor challenges by the visiting side as Arsenal were in firm control of the tie which ended 5-0 in the favour of the host.


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