Arsenal have faced the most shots of any team in Europe’s top-five leagues this season, as they struggle to provide any protection to Bernd Leno in goal.
Arsenal conceded twice to throw away a two-goal lead to Watford on Sunday, the third game in a row they’ve let in two or more.
That could be understandable if it was simply that Arsenal’s various opponents were taking their chances better than them. If the Gunners were dominating each game but conceding to a couple of unlikely long-shots, you’d expect their luck to turn eventually.
That’s not the case, as Arsenal have faced 96 shots in five games, the most any team in Europe’s top-five leagues. If anything, only conceding eight goals from those chances suggests things could have been significantly worse.
Most shots faced in Europe's top 5 leagues this season. pic.twitter.com/qXlwyMIeXP
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The one caveat is that Aston Villa had only played four games at the time of writing. If you’re reading this after their game against West Ham and they’ve conceded 20 shots, they’ve retaken the lead. That’s not particularly unlikely given their ‘per game’ record is currently worse than Arsenal’s.
All the same, the fact that the Gunners are competing at the top of this table with Aston Villa, Norwich City and – worst of all – Spurs, suggests there are major problems with the way they’re approaching matches.