Stats can often be misleading.
Numbers on their own can be misconstrued, or stretched to reinforce any form of argument.
But with the backlash from Arsenal’s poor run of form in full effect, the fallout from the Gunners’ malaise continues in the form of some alarming stats.
One in particular is doing the rounds, and it shows another symptom of Arsenal’s worrying tactic of allowing our opponents the freedom of the pitch.
Our goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, has made more saves than any other keeper in the league this season.
That includes Matt Ryan of Brighton, Tim Krul of Norwich and Ben Foster of Watford.
This means that by law of averages, our German keeper has faced more shots than any other too.
Hardly a recipe for success.
Leno though, is one of the few of our squad who has covered themselves in glory and not let the side down.
Our number one has gamely stuck to his task, intercepting, punching, claiming and saving all that comes into his vicinity. It has been a much needed area of strength and reliability for our team, a cornerstone that we can build on.
With our defence shuffled so often than match rhythm and affinity is failing to accrue, our midfield lacking any iota of defensive mindset and our attack failing to create as much as their skill should, our goalie has been a rare light that has often held firm while the rest has wilted under scrutiny.
Leno has proved that when it comes to being a little open, it is critical that a good goalie stands between the sticks, and the German is certainly one of those.
With even Tim Krul saving less than Leno – and Norwich are floundering right now – we may be able to celebrate having a reliable keeper, but it shows our team are some way to ridding themselves of the tactical failings that have beset us all season.