How to build a possession philosophy without copying Barcelona or Spain

How to build a possession philosophy without copying Barcelona or Spain

Football fanatics, people who truly understand football, know that by trying to copy the Barcelona or Spain model you are unlikely to succeed or even be on a path conducive to long term development. However, Barcelona’s philosophy (possession-based control) is something that clubs can and do strive towards. This article will attempt to detail just how Premier League teams currently build upon their possession-based philosophy through tactical solutions. For the purposes of trying to find general principles, this article will …
What went wrong for Andrey Arshavin? Stats Comparison

What went wrong for Andrey Arshavin? Stats Comparison

Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin has today completed the move back to the club where it all started for him in Russia after finalising the switch from the Emirates Stadium to Zenit St Petersburg on a free transfer.  After originally signing for the Gunners in January 2009 for a reported £15 million, he found himself enduring a topsy turvy career under Arsene Wenger, culminating in his temporary departure to Zenit on loan in January 2012. But he is now officially returning …
How will Gonzalo Higuaín improve Arsenal?

How will Gonzalo Higuaín improve Arsenal?

Barring an extremely bizarre set of circumstances it seems very likely that Arsenal are going to break their transfer record and sign Gonzalo Higuaín. The fee varies depending on which paper you read but the general consensus seems to be around£22-£25 million. This represents a bold statement from Arsène Wenger who normally prefers to sign less established youngsters. Signing a player of Higuaín’s calibre suggests that money will be spent this summer and that Arsenal aren’t prepared to settle for …
Santi Cazorla: Arsenal's Player of the Season | Compared to team mates

Santi Cazorla: Arsenal's Player of the Season | Compared to team mates

The Most Error Prone Teams in the 12-13 Premier League | Stats Analysis

The Most Error Prone Teams in the 12-13 Premier League | Stats Analysis

In our teaser info-graphic published last week (shown below) we illustrated the most error prone teams in the 2012-13 Premier League with Arsenal, Newcastle, Wigan and Liverpool coming to the fore. We're going to be looking at the percentage of goals conceded via errors, the percentage of total errors that result in goals and the frequency of errors. Premier League 2012-13: Frequency Of Errors To begin with lets look at the frequency of errors that have been committed in the …
The Premier League's BFG: Per Mertesacker | Arsenal Defender Stats Comparsion

The Premier League's BFG: Per Mertesacker | Arsenal Defender Stats Comparsion

Arsenal 4 Wigan 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 4 Wigan 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

With the end of the season around the corner, both the Arsenal and Wigan managers kept largely the same XIs as in the past few weeks. For Arsenal the only change was Gibbs coming in to play at left back as Monreal played there in the previous game against QPR. Martinez named the very same XI and bench as at Wembley a few days ago. Although the game was hugely important for both teams, hence the excitement surrounding it, the …
Scouting Report: Arsenal | Stats & In Depth Tactical Analysis

Scouting Report: Arsenal | Stats & In Depth Tactical Analysis

As the 2012/13 Premier League season draws to a close Martin Lewis looks at Arsenal this week in his Scouting Report. Not only will Arsenal supporters find this interesting but Newcastle and maybe even Spurs supporters will want to know more about their rivals for that fourth place spot. [box_light]N.B. Please note that the writing style in this scouting report is written specifically as a scouting report. It is not written as an article as we would normally publish.[/box_light] Initial …
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