Revealed: The surprise stat that helped Arsenal avoid usual November curse

Arsenal can give themselves a pat on the back for coming through their traditional bogey-month of November relatively unscathed, and with a superbly prolific scoring record proving the catalyst to their survival.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal (R) celebrates scoring his sides third goal with his Arsenal team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on November 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The Gunners have remained unbeaten in their five games so far this month, though they have one more tricky test in the EFL Cup against Southampton on Wednesday night.

So far in November, Arsenal have won two and drawn three of their matches, with all three of those stalemates coming against tough opposition in Tottenham, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Incredibly, in this run they’ve scored ten goals from just eleven shots on target – a highly efficient conversion rate of 90.09%.

Despite being up against it in their last two games, Arsenal scored with every one of their shots on target against Manchester United and Bournemouth to take four points when in the past they may well have taken only one, or even none.

Arsenal surely won’t keep that kind of accuracy up, but it’ll be hugely encouraging for Arsene Wenger, who has for so long had his team criticised for ‘trying to walk the ball into the back of the net’, to see his team just get the job done when they’ve not been playing at their best.

If the north Londoners return to the free-flowing football we saw earlier in the season, the goals should flow a little more easily from this point onwards.


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