On paper Arsenal vs Cardiff City should be close to a foregone conclusion. This is the team in fifth place hosting the team in 18th, with a gap of 25 points separating the two. However, the tactics that Cardiff are likely to employ are the exact kind that Arsenal have struggled with this season.
Against the teams in the bottom half of the table the Gunners have averaged 2.5 goals per match, good for the fourth best total in the league. That number, however, is a bit on the flattering side as they have managed just 1.6 xG in those matches which is seventh best.
One of the more worrying things in this is the pure number of shots created. Arsenal are creating fewer shots this season than they had in the Arsene Wenger era and that has continued against the weaker teams. Against the bottom half teams this season they are averaging just 12.2 shots per match. That ranks 17th in the league against these clubs Read More