Arsenal’s defensive issues laid bare: Gunners have faced more shots than any other side in Europe’s top-5 leagues this season

A shocking statistic, highlighting just how open Arsenal have been on the defensive side of the ball during the early weeks of the new season, has emerged online this evening.

Arsenal collapse

Unai Emery’s men travelled to Vicarage Road for their latest Premier League outing a short time ago.

Arsenal headed into proceedings in search of their first win in 3, having followed a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool with a 2-2 north London derby stalemate before the international break.

Watford, though, marked the ideal opponent for the capital giants to do so against, with the Hornets having entered this evening’s matchup rock bottom of the Premier League table, with just a solitary point to show for their efforts.

And when the clock struck 45 to mark half-time at Vicarage Road, Arsenal looked firmly en route to getting back to winning ways.

A first-half brace courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners well on their way to all 3 points.

However, when all was said and done, the visitors capitulated, to eventually fall to a 2-2 draw.

A second-half Watford barrage led to both Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra finding the net, to secure a thoroughly-deserved share of the spoils for newly-reappointed Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

Arsenal’s struggles summed up

Evidently, Arsenal’s display following the interval this evening left a lot to be desired.

In truth, as Watford’s unrelenting press all over the park saw Unai Emery’s men surrender possession time and time again, the visitors were, in the end, lucky to escape with a point.

Bernd Leno’s goal was peppered with efforts throughout the second 45, with an incredible statistic having since perfectly showcased just how badly the Gunners have struggled to hold opposing sides at bay over the early weeks of the campaign:

Further embarrassing stats regarding Arsenal’s performance at Vicarage Road are highlighted below:

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