Willian’s Arsenal stats do not make pretty reading, so let’s take a closer look at how he’s done since he arrived in the summer.

Willian Arsenal stats aren't good LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa holds off Willian of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on November 08, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa holds off Willian of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on November 08, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Willian’s first competitive game for Arsenal saw him grab a number of assists against Fulham.

We were excited.

Here, we were told, was a player who, despite his advanced footballing years, was in peak physical fitness and wanted by Chelsea for another two years.

Sure, his wages and bonuses were expensive, but with no transfer fee and a wealth of experience, Willian would be worth it.

Right?

Since that game against Fulham, Willian hasn’t scored, and hadn’t assisted or even had a shot on target until after the Villa game. For six league games after the Fulham match, he didn’t have a shot at all.

He makes less than one tackle per game and has two interceptions all season. Plus, the majority of the time he has the ball, it goes backwards.

But sure, Mesut Ozil, football reasons, blah blah blah.

Willian Arsenal stats


Source: FBREF.com

Willian Arsenal stats up to and including vs Aston Villa (h)

  • Games played – 7
  • 90 minutes completed – 1
  • Minutes played – 512
  • Average minutes per game – 73
  • Goals – 0
  • Assists – 2
  • xG – 0.9
  • xA – 0.8
  • Shots – 5
  • Shots on target – 1
  • Shots on target % – 20
  • Shots per 90 minutes – 0.88
  • Shots on target per 90 minutes – 0.18
  • Average distance of shots – 13.6 yards
  • Shots from free kicks – 1
  • Shots from open play – 4
  • Total passes attempted – 252
  • Total passes completed – 201
  • Pass completion % – 79.8
  • Average passes per 90 minutes – 44
  • Total distance covered with passes – 3,568
  • How many of those yards were forward – 694
  • Short passes attempted – 114
  • Short passes completed – 102
  • Short pass completion % – 89.5
  • Medium passes attempted – 91
  • Medium passes completed – 76
  • Medium pass completion % – 83.5
  • Long passes attempted – 40
  • Long passes completed – 22
  • Long pass completion % – 55
  • Passes made under pressure from opponent – 2
  • Passes that led to a shot – 13
  • Attempted dribbles – 3
  • Successful dribbles – 2
  • Ball carried – 1,347 yards
  • Ball carried forward – 782 yards
  • Dispossessed – 7
  • Corners taken – 16
  • Inswinging – 9
  • Outswinging – 7
  • Straight – 0
  • Crosses – 11
  • Interceptions – 2
  • Tackles won – 3
  • Recoveries – 35
  • Aerial duels – 7
  • Won – 1 (14.3%)
  • Lost – 6
  • Offsides – 1
  • Fouls – 4
  • Fouled – 6
  • Yellow cards – 0
  • Red cards – 0

Source: FBREF.com

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