Opta Evaluation

Tuesday 13 November 2012 10:45

The overriding consensus following Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal was that sharing the spoils was probably a fair outcome – and the Opta statistics in our Match Centre tend to agree.

The game saw six goals, but both teams arguably should have scored more, with Arsenal having 14 attempts to our 11 – although less than half of those were on target (six and five respectively).

The possession statistics were relatively even also, with our hosts edging things with 56.4 per cent. Considering Arsenal’s style of play and their ability to dominate teams at the Emirates, Martin Jol can be proud that his side saw 43.6 per cent of the ball at the weekend.

The two London teams have developed reputations for being crisp passers of the football, and this factor was reflected in the pass accuracy statistics. 88.7 per cent of the Gunners’ attempts to find a teammate were successful, while the Whites were not far off with 85 per cent.

Jol said post-match that he believed Bryan Ruiz had potentially just had his best ever game for Fulham. It was a bold statement but one that is backed up by the Opta statistics which show that Bryan was involved in 79 ball events on Saturday – more than any other player in a white shirt.

Our Costa Rican playmaker was a menace to Arsenal in both defence and attack; winning four tackles, sending over six crosses (including the corner from which Dimitar Berbatov scored our first goal) and he also, of course, won the penalty that put us 3-2 up after robbing Mikel Arteta of possession.

You can view the entire array of Opta statistics from Saturday's game by visiting our Match Centre.