Why the numbers game can be deceiving for Arsenal ace Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may never get used to the numbers game. Like the majority of Premier League players, the Ox scrutinises his performance statistics following games he plays for Arsenal.

The Gunners star climbed off the bench in the midweek win over West Ham; and did so to good effect with a dynamic run and pass to set up striker Olivier Giroud who made it 3-0 to Arsene Wenger’s men in a Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman’s strike came after Mesut Ozil had given the home side the lead and Theo Walcott had then made it 2-0 against Slaven Bilic’s side.

Former Southampton attacker Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping he can feature once more when the Gunners try desperately to get back into the running for a top four spot (and with it Champions League football next season) as they go to Crystal Palace for their next top flight outing on Monday night.

And however much action the Ox sees, he admits he will once again look at the numbers; but he is quick to point out that they can be deceiving.

Quizzed on whether or not he analyses his data or relies on a feeling that he has put in a decent display, he said: “You have a feeling where you know – some games you come of the pitch and you feel like you have put in a really good shift.

“You feel like you are stronger and making more runs, but I analyse it as well. We get all our numbers and the fitness guys will always flag you or compliment you if you’ve done a lot of high-speed running or covered a lot of distance.

“I watch the games back and always look at the numbers, but sometimes they can be deceiving. You think you have put in a really good shift and you look at your numbers and they say otherwise!”