Arsenal are the worst at playing out from the back according to pundits in every Arsenal match but did you know they haven’t made an error leading to a goal while Liverpool and Chelsea have made three each?
Yes, that’s right.
While we all watch Arsenal, the commentators continue to make a big deal about how bad we are at playing out from the back. It’s not as poor as it was under Emery. Still, the narrative has been set.
So, it might surprise you to know that in the period of time that saw Liverpool and Chelsea concede three from errors while trying to play out from the back, and Manchester United two, Arsenal have conceded exactly none.
Their pass success percentage is also better than Liverpool, Tottenham, and United – and we make more passes than all of them.
Even below these stats, the Telegraph journalist does his best to keep the narrative going, although he uses Martin O’Neill as his conduit. Why Luke Edwards is quoting O’Neill, manager of Stoke, is something only he knows.
“They often set a trap if you are playing out from the back,” O’Neill said. “They will let you think you have the space to do so, and will even actively encourage it. Liverpool are so quick in terms of their front players and attacking midfielders closing down, but they are also very clever in how they cut off the angles for passes, so they will pin you back and take the ball.
“In their [Premier League] game, Arsenal did score playing out from the back and through the lines, but they got themselves into trouble numerous times.”