Alex Johnston

Disciple of Bergkamp

Arsenal Season Review 2011/2012 | The Defence

Arsenal Season Review 2011/2012 | The Defence

Arsenal secured the much desired 3rd place and potentially final Champion's League spot on Sunday after what was very much a rollercoaster season. A start that hadn't been seen around the club for some time was followed by a slight upturn in results but not very convincingly. Then January came with the Gunners failing to win a single game for the entire month. A 7-1 win over Blackburn in February initiated a 7 game winning streak that saw the 5-2 …
Arsenal vs Chelsea | Gunners Look to Bounce Back | Stats Preview

Arsenal vs Chelsea | Gunners Look to Bounce Back | Stats Preview

If the visit of Chelsea to the Emirates wasn't important enough in the race for the final 2  Champions League spots, Arsenal's defeat to Wigan on Monday night means that where a draw could well have sufficed, a win is of the utmost importance. While Arsenal will be the fresher of the two sides, Chelsea have a vital factor heading into the game though; momentum. Having thrashed Spurs and managed to escape an onslaught from Barcelona with a 1-0 victory, …
The Importance of Benayoun | The Squad Player Arsenal Needed

The Importance of Benayoun | The Squad Player Arsenal Needed

Already at this site we've taken a look at Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta in their first seasons at Arsenal. Now seems apt to analyse loan-signing Yossi Benayoun and his contribution to Arsenal's surprise season. The Israeli arrived on deadline day, a loan signing from Chelsea, to a sea of mediocre approval, quite indicative of his career in the Premier League so far. Excellent at West Ham, he then moved to Liverpool where he became a rotation player and impressed …
Arsenal vs Man City | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

Arsenal vs Man City | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

Arsenal face their toughest challenge in the race for a Champion's League spot on Sunday when Manchester City arrive at the Emirates. In the past 5 games, Man City have only picked up 5 points from their last 5 games and are falling further and further behind the relentless United. Arsenal experienced what is hopefully a blip in their recent form last week against QPR with complacency kicking in, but as all Gunners fans know Arsenal have the propensity to …
QPR vs Arsenal | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

QPR vs Arsenal | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

Arsenal go into this game as the form team in the Premiership, having won 7 games on the trot for the first time since the Invincibles season. The return of key players and confidence throughout the team has brought back some breathtaking football to the side and at times they have looked unbeatable. QPR looked to have turned a corner in their fight for Premiership survival after coming from 2 goals down against Liverpool to win 3-2. They followed that …
A Look At Arsenal New Guys via Opta Stats | Per Mertesacker

A Look At Arsenal New Guys via Opta Stats | Per Mertesacker

The summer before this season commenced has been unanimously declared a disaster by all associated with the Arsenal. The messy departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas stripped the club of their two most creative talents and Gael Clichy's refusal to renew his contract meant we were short in the left-back area. Welcome high-profile departures came in the form of Eboue, Traore, Denilson, Bendtner and Vela, albeit only the former two sold completely. Of course it wouldn't be Arsenal unless …
Gunners Leave it Late...Again | Opta Stats Report

Gunners Leave it Late...Again | Opta Stats Report

Arsenal saw off the threat off Newcastle on Monday night courtesy of a 95th minute winner from Thomas Vermaelen. The Gunners are now the first team in Premiership history to win 4 games in a row after initially being behind in each one. The fact these wins came away to Sunderland and Liverpool and at the Emirates to Tottenham and Newcastle make the feat all the more impressive. The fact that we were 2-0 down to Tottenham until the 35th …
Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2 | Efficient Gunners Victorious | Stats Report

Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2 | Efficient Gunners Victorious | Stats Report

Arsenal walked away from Anfield with 3 points after a real smash and grab performance courtesy of 2 goals from Robin Van Persie, gaining control of the race for 4thplace and going 10 points ahead of Liverpool who will be cursing their wastefulness in front of goal. The home side hit the post twice and missed a penalty in the first half, taking advantage of Arsenal’s appalling defending. They went ahead through a Laurent Koscielny own goal before Van Persie …
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