Fewer things put into focus the decline of Arsenal as an attacking force than the graph published over the weekend by David Wall.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

By every measure, Arsenal are worse now, after a season-and-a-half under Unai Emery, than they were at the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign.

Despite being given a fortune to spend and stacking his squad full of top players, Arsenal languish eight points outside the top four and an embarrassing 19 points behind the league leaders Liverpool, despite us only being in November.

Against Southampton at the weekend, a team so bad this season they sit 19th with a goal difference of minus 18, Arsenal were lucky not to lose.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Unai Emery manager of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Unai Emery manager of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Once again, they were also outshot.

We all know that this has been happening a lot under Emery but until you see it laid out in a visual, you don’t really realise how bad it has really been. Well, I didn’t anyway:

So in Wenger’s final season, when we were supposedly the worst we could be, we still managed 170 shots more than the opposition.

Under Emery? Well, you can see for yourself how that’s going.

Let’s hope Raul Sanllehi’s face was a sign things are about to change.

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