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Clear-Cut Chances - Hits And Misses | Opta Stats Analysis

Clear-Cut Chances - Hits And Misses | Opta Stats Analysis

Last weekend, after Arsenal lost against QPR, many Gooners might have shared a wistful moment reminiscing the chance Robin van Persie missed. Those who don the blue of Chelsea probably look back at this Torres miss early in the season and wonder if everything would have been different had that gone in and led to a comeback against United. The Kop faithful will undoubtedly feel their side can win any argument regarding missed opportunities. Indeed, almost every single football fan, …
What Makes A Solid Premier League Defence? EPL Opta Stats

What Makes A Solid Premier League Defence? EPL Opta Stats

One of our Arsenal writers uses Opta Stats to find out what makes a solid Premier League defence?  Usually, when analysing defensive performances, one tends to look at tackles made, interceptions, success in aerial and ground duels, and other such statistics. Indeed, within the English game, tackling is placed on a pedestal by many. Players going in hard are seen as fighters giving their all for the shirt. The physicality of such an event on the pitch has an animal …
Premier League | Long Range Shots Stats

Premier League | Long Range Shots Stats

Have you ever wondered how many goals your side scores from outside the box? Do you want them to do better? Were you curious about the rivals' efforts from distance? As an Arsenal fan I have grown tired of the number of times the Gunners are criticized for their overindulgent passing. Although it isn't entirely without merit, surely, I have always thought, taking pops from distance was an inefficient way to score and Arsenal were better off trying to create …
Which one? Denilson Or Scott Parker?

Which one? Denilson Or Scott Parker?

Last year the wise people at the Football Writers' Association picked West Ham midfielder Scott Parker as their player of the year. It was a decision I found bemusing but since then, after his transfer to Tottenham, I have been relatively impressed with the Englishman's performances. I always saw Parker as a good player who stood out in a mediocre team. At Tottenham, the experienced tackler has better company and that has helped him raise his game. Comparing Parker's efforts …
Szczesny V Fabianski V Almunia | True Lies

Szczesny V Fabianski V Almunia | True Lies

Over the last few years, the words Goalkeepers and Arsenal have rarely been used in a positive sense in the same sentence.  But the recent emergence of Wojciech Szczesny has evoked a sense of stability and confidence, at least amongst the Gooner ranks. In this post I want to look at some stats to see whether facts corroborate the perceived gulf in class between the supposedly God-awful Almunia, the horrific-to-heroic Fabianski, and superstar-in-the-making Szczesny. The above table covers a number …
Norwich 1 Arsenal 2 | Stats Analysis

Norwich 1 Arsenal 2 | Stats Analysis

Since many excellent match reports have already been written, I will not discuss the game per se but only look at some numbers and images that will, hopefully, add to the discussion. Let's start with the following table that provides passing details in the final third and defensive half. Arsenal clearly had greater possession but the other stats are interesting. The Canaries entered the final third 76 times compared to Arsenal's 82. This is noteworthy because once you factor in …
Chelsea 3 - 5 Arsenal | Statistical Review

Chelsea 3 - 5 Arsenal | Statistical Review

This is a very late report on the game and many readers must be satiated by all the coverage the game has received. So I will try to cover points that at least I haven't seen elsewhere. First off I want to look at the positions of the tackles and interceptions. The following image has been created using the Guardian Chalkboards. It is interesting to look at the tackles made by Chelsea in the attacking half and those by the …
Arsenal V Sunderland | Then and Now

Arsenal V Sunderland | Then and Now

Off late I have been looking into statistical comparisons as they are offering insights into the way Arsenal have been evolving after the plethora of changes during the summer. The Sunderland fixture provided interesting numbers to munch on. The following table provides select stats from Sunderland's visit to the Emirates last Sunday and the corresponding fixtures from the previous season. The improvement shown by the Gunners in various duels is quite obvious. Success rates for Ground and Aerial 50-50s as …
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