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Norwich Dent Arsenal Hopes | Opta Stats

Norwich Dent Arsenal Hopes | Opta Stats

Arsenal’s hopes for third place in the Premier League were dented, after they were held to a dramatic 3-3 draw by Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners made a stunning start with Yossi Benayoun curling in a shot with barely a minute gone but this was just the beginning of a see-saw afternoon. Calamity defending and a huge goalkeeping error by Wojciech Szczesny meant the Canaries were ahead by half-time. On 12 minutes, Jonathan Howson found space …
Walcott's Pace Gives Arsenal Victory | Opta Stats

Walcott's Pace Gives Arsenal Victory | Opta Stats

Arsenal maintained their impressive form with a comfortable 3-0 win at Wolves on Wednesday night. This was the Gunners ninth win in ten games and took them five points clear of fourth-place Tottenham. Early goals from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott earned Arsenal victory over 10-man Wolves in a match that was largely won in the first 11 minutes. Sebastien Bassong saw red for bringing down Walcott, after he was set free by van Persie on eight minutes. The …
Arsenal's Midfield Diamond Broken | QPR 2 Arsenal 1 Stats

Arsenal's Midfield Diamond Broken | QPR 2 Arsenal 1 Stats

In-form Arsenal’s unbeaten run came to an abrupt end in disappointing fashion, with a 2-1 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday. The first Premier League goals from Adel Taarabt and Diakate for QPR ended the Gunners winning run - whose strike came from Theo Walcott. With seven straight Premier League victories behind them, the visitors bossed the early stages but found their relegation-threatened London rivals in determined mood. Although Arsenal dominated possession by 68% to 32%, they failed …
Stroll In The Sun For Arsenal | Opta Stats

Stroll In The Sun For Arsenal | Opta Stats

Arsenal eased to a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa, thanks to goals from Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta. It was a stroll in the sun for the Gunners and it took their winning run to seven Premier League matches – the club’s best sequence since October 2007. Arsenal began the match knowing nearest rivals Chelsea and Tottenham had played out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. The Gunners started slowly and Marc Albrighton had the first chance for …
Benayoun is Santa for Arsenal | Stats

Benayoun is Santa for Arsenal | Stats

Arsenal returned to winning ways with a gritty 2-1 win over Aston Villa after their disappointing result at Manchester City - Yossi Benayoun grabbing an 87th-minute winner. The Gunners had come into the game with a fantastic record at Villa Park – six wins and six draws in their last 12 visits. The match will not live long in the memory for its quality, but history will show this was the match in which Robin van Persie drew level with Thierry Henry’s …
Vermaelen Shows Arsenal Way Forward

Vermaelen Shows Arsenal Way Forward

Manchester City maintained their 100% home record this season and returned to the top of the Premier League, with a 1-0 victory over Arsenal in a pulsating encounter at the Etihad Stadium. Meanwhile, the defeat consigned the Gunners to their first defeat in nine matches. David Silva struck the only goal eight minutes into the second half.  A defensive reshuffle following the loss of Johan Djourou at right-back, found Laurent Koscielny out of position.
 Mario Balotelli took full advantage finding …
Robin on Song at Arsenal Party

Robin on Song at Arsenal Party

On a weekend of celebration for Arsenal Football Club, a wonder strike from Robin van Persie enabled the Gunners to sign off their 125th anniversary weekend with a familiar 1-0 score. Arsenal typically, dominated the majority of possession (61.3) but were hindered by playing without a recognised full-back. The injury to Andre Santos in the Champions League match against Olympiakos, forced Arsene Wenger into changing his defence yet again. Amazingly, the Gunners have named 20 different starting back four combinations …
Arsenal Back In The Groove | Opta Stats

Arsenal Back In The Groove | Opta Stats

Arsenal returned to winning ways, after last weekend’s disappointing home draw with Fulham, with a convincing 4-0 win at Wigan on Saturday. 
Goals from Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen on the half-hour put the Gunners in control. Gervinho and Robin van Persie finished the job in the second half.

This fine win extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to seven league games and means Arsene Wenger’s men have now taken 19 points out of a possible 21. This victory was also their third …