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The surprising stat that shows how much Mikel Arteta has improved Arsenal’s defence

The surprising stat that shows how much Mikel Arteta has improved Arsenal’s defence

Arsenal make it 8 unbeaten

Following three successive defeats to begin the season, it seemed as though Mikel Arteta’s time in charge of Arsenal was reaching its end.

However, the club have since gone eight games unbeaten, most recently knocking Leeds United out of the Carabao Cup by virtue of a 2-0 scoreline in the fourth round.

While onlookers will point out that they have not set the Premier League ablaze with their quality of football across these games, the Gunners have nonetheless gotten the job done, something that previous Arsenal sides have failed to do.

Arsenal boast best defence

Surprisingly, as per The Athletic, Arsenal now boasts the joint-best defensive record (when it comes to clean sheets) of any Premier League club in all competitions across the past 20 games. As per the graphic (shown below) produced by Mark Carey, the north Londoners have conceded just 18 goals in that time, which includes nine shipped in a three-game period at the beginning of the season.

More impressively for a side known for conceding goals, Mikel Arteta’s men have managed ten clean sheets in that time, too, the joint-most alongside Liverpool, though the Merseyside outfit have conceded two fewer goals overall.

This is one more clean sheet than renowned defensive unit Chelsea have managed, despite Thomas Tuchel’s side only conceding 12 goals, a league best. It is, of course, worth mentioning that Arsenal have not had European football to skew this data, either in their favour (in the Europa League) or out of it (in the harder Champions League).

The surprising stat that shows how much Mikel Arteta has improved Arsenal’s defence

Nevertheless, it is an impressive return for a side that always seems to offer opponents a chance, suggesting perhaps that Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are beginning to turn a corner. As Chelsea prove, a good defence can get you a long way in football, and if the Gunners can find the right blend in attack, too, they may become genuine Champions League place challengers this season.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 22 28 43
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 20 3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 0 28
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 21 -9 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Ward Prowse, James Southampton FC 6