Ramsdale is unconvinced by xG (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has bluntly dismissed the notion of expected goals, labelling the statistics ‘b*****ks’ and ‘complete rubbish’.

In a nutshell, the metric is used to calculate the number of goals a team should have scored based on the likelihood a chance will be netted from a particular position on the pitch.

The goalscoring attempt is given a value between 0 and 1, with a higher number meaning an increased probability of finding the back of the net.

The goalkeeper has enjoyed a promising first campaign for the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)

The type of variables that are involved in the calculation of expected goals, or xG, include the body part used to take the shot, i.e the head or foot, the angle and distance of a shot from goal and the type of pass and attack in the immediate build-up to the chance.

But Ramsdale is less than convinced by the use of expected goals to rate whether a goalscoring opportunity should have been scored or not.

When asked on the Seaman Says podcast about the new raft of stats, including xG, Ramsdale replied: ‘Can I swear? B*****ks.

‘I’m not a massive person who looks into stats and goes out of my way to look at it. But when they’re in front of me I’m really intrigued about everything.

‘This expected goals palaver I don’t understand because someone is rating how hard and easy a shot is to save, when it’s all complete rubbish. Every ball is completely different.

‘It’s like if they’re on an angle, the short hardness goes down, and it’s just a load of rubbish.

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‘The one [stat] which is good is the 1v1 category. We’ve seen [Liverpool goalkeeper] Alisson save six goals from 1v1 situations. A 1v1 is a 1v1, they either try and score or take it around you.

‘A shot, just because it’s from 25 yards but it flies into the top corner, because it’s from 25 yards and there might be a few players in the way is easier than a shot from 18 yards to save. It doesn’t make sense in my head.

‘There are a lot stats I’m intrigued about when they’re put in front of me but expected goals, saves and stuff I think it’s a bit of a waste of time and someone’s just been given the job haven’t they.’


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