A Statistical Comparison: Jamie Vardy vs Olivier Giroud

A Statistical Comparison: Jamie Vardy vs Olivier Giroud

Over the last couple of days, Arsenal have been heavily linked to Leicester City's Jamie Vardy. The Guardian, Telegraph, and BBC have all reported that Arsenal have matched the release clause in Vardy's contract, reported to be around £20m. The fact that so many different media outlets have reported it makes it seem like there is at least some truth in the link.  Arsenal need a striker, but no one expected this to be the direction they'd go.  While Vardy did just …
Arsene Wenger's Selection Headache

Arsene Wenger's Selection Headache

With the league season winding down and the FA Cup final on the horizon, Arsene Wenger's squad has looked tired and had a couple games where they've been firing blanks.  As a result, the Frenchman rotated his squad.  The rotation paid dividends with a 4-1 win. Two players that were rotated in for this one were English internationals Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott.  Walcott bagged himself a hat trick, while Wilshere scored what was later voted as the BBC goal …
Head to Head: Coutinho vs Cazorla

Head to Head: Coutinho vs Cazorla

Jordan Henderson Season Review

Jordan Henderson Season Review

There has been much debate this season concerning the faltering performances of expensive players such as Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, and the so-called vast improvement of players such as Arsenal’s other midfielder, Aaron Ramsey. One such player that’s improvement has been recognised but not necessarily to the extent that he deserves is Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson. The 23-year-old has been much maligned over the last few seasons for his supposed lack of a positive contribution to the team’s performances, but has experienced …
Clear-Cut Finishing Analysis | Suarez, Aguero, Giroud, Rooney Compared

Clear-Cut Finishing Analysis | Suarez, Aguero, Giroud, Rooney Compared

Following on from Statto's article looking at the players to create the most clear cut chances this season, we take a look at how well the strikers have done in front of goal converting these clear cut chances. So what is a clear cut chance? [quote]A situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score usually in a one-on-one scenario or from very close range.[/quote] Basically, a clear-cut chance is a  “sitter”. A free header, a one-on-one, a penalty – basically …
Best of Promoted Clubs: Jedinak, Brady & Whittingham | Stats

Best of Promoted Clubs: Jedinak, Brady & Whittingham | Stats

Promotion to the Premier League is the goal of any club slugging it out in the subterranean chambers of English football.  The cold truth of the matter however, is that reaching the top flight is the easy part – maintaining your status amongst the heavy hitters is the real challenge. Some clubs try to stave off the executioner with expensive summer investment, others by sticking with the crew that achieved promotion success in the first place. In the current fledgling …
Most Complete Player So Far in 13/14? Ramsey Vs Hazard Vs Paulinho Vs Toure

Most Complete Player So Far in 13/14? Ramsey Vs Hazard Vs Paulinho Vs Toure

Arsenal continued their good form and notched up their 12th away win in a row and a record equalling 8th away PL win in a row. Chelsea and Tottenham played out a draw, losing points. The two Manchester clubs suffered shock defeats and the Red Devils are off to their worst start in over a decade. Arsenal lead the league table, followed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea. Southampton and Manchester City occupy the 5th and 6th places respectively and complete …
Relegated from the Premier League. So What Happens Next? Stats Analysis

Relegated from the Premier League. So What Happens Next? Stats Analysis

It is a sight no football fan wants to see.  The dreaded 'R' next to your club in the league table. It is incredibly difficult for fans to prepare themselves for the emotions that they go through when relegation from the Premier League is sealed.  Anger, frustration and even relief are just some of the feelings that they'll succumb to.  Pragmatists will say c'est la vie, others will feel like it's the end of the world. But is it?  Your …
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