Arsenal v Barcelona: passing statistics

March 31, 2010

We were told constantly before the game that Arsenal against Barcelona was a clash of two sides who play football ‘the right way’ – short, quick passes from excellent technical players comfortable in possession. And that proved to be correct, although this graph shows a stark contrast between the sides.

Xavi’s dominance on the field of play transfers to an incredible dominance on this graph, with Sergio Busquets not far behind. The fact that Barcelona have the top 8 players in this graph rather sums up the way the game went.

It is interesting that Seydou Keita completed so few passes despite remaining on the pitch for the whole game, and it is also telling that Denilson completed the most passes of any Arsenal player, despite being on the pitch for only 46 minutes. This is in line with his good recent form, including his incredible 100% passing display against West Ham.

An asterisk denotes players who did not complete 90 minutes. Stats courtesy of UEFA.

Full match analysis here

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