Arsenal Changing Lanes
In their first match of the season, Arsenal focused their play mostly down the right, especially in the second half, looking to switch quickly to the left in the attacking third and strike. It had brought them key goals in the FA cup last season and was the blueprint for the third goal at Fulham too.
Against West Ham, the Gunners did the opposite, focusing most of their attacking play down the left, again especially in the second half and both goals came from that side of the attack.
Toffees On Quality Street
Everton registered the highest Expected Goals value of any team so far this season in their victory over West Brom. Everton mustered 17 shots, 13 of which came from inside the box, showing their patience to wait for the right moment to strike. Those 13 were spread among three players. Michael Keane managed two.
Richarlison attempted five, with an average distance from goal of 11 yards.
While Dominic Calvert Lewin had six shots, with an average distance of just five yards.
Spurred Into Action
Harry Kane registered four assists this weekend, double his entire tally in the Premier League last season. All four created goals for Son Heung Min. The England captain actually only passed to his strike partner on six occasions in the match, including one throw-in.
Kane looked to beat Southampton’s high line with a series of through balls that set Son away into clear goalscoring opportunities. We’d say he managed to do that quite successfully.
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