Omar Chaudhuri

Economics student, football-obsessed & creator of 5 Added Minutes.

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Examining McLeish’s style | Aston Villa

Examining McLeish’s style | Aston Villa

Aston Villa fans were very much against the appointment of Alex McLeish; not only had the Glaswegian managed of arch-rivals Birmingham, his style of play at St. Andrews had come under much criticism for being boring and negative. The stats back this up to an extent, last season Birmingham had the fifth-worst pass completion in the league, and played more long balls per game than any other team in the division. Their average possession wasn't great either – fifth-lowest in …
Charles N’Zogbia | Yet to blossom?

Charles N’Zogbia | Yet to blossom?

Aston Villa are going along their business quietly this season, unbeaten in seven, looking sturdy but unspectacular. The return to form of Gabriel Agbonlahor to perhaps partner Darren Bent in attack spells good news for Villa fans, but there is a need for creative midfield support. Whilst Barry Bannan has impressed so far, some responsibility lies with summer signing Charles N’Zogbia. The Frenchman’s arrival from Wigan was, on paper at least, a good purchase; he had been one of Wigan’s …
Chelsea push forward with Torres

Chelsea push forward with Torres

It seems as though we’ve finally reached the heart of Fernando Torres’ problems at Chelsea, in his own words, they play too ‘slowly’. Jonathan Wilson better summarised Torres’ point this week:
[Torres] criticized his Chelsea teammates for being slow. He needs the ball played to him quickly, while opposing defenders are still setting themselves, before they have had a chance to retreat and raise the barricades. In essence, his comment was nothing more than a slightly clumsy variant on what …
Blackburn 4-3 Arsenal | Control but failure

Blackburn 4-3 Arsenal | Control but failure

Since their Carling Cup defeat, it’s extraordinary how Arsenal have managed to control games and yet consistently contrive to end up on the losing team. It was the same again at Ewood Park this weekend, where a 4-3 reversal highlighted all the frailties that have become synonymous with the club in the last six months. Curiously though it was in this very fixture last season where the BBC opened their match report with the line:
Andrey Arshavin grabbed the winner …
Shots On Target | New boys must improve

Shots On Target | New boys must improve

This weekend Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers spoke about he felt goals would come for his newly-promoted side, having created plenty of chances against Sunderland in a 0-0 draw. Whilst they created a number of good chances, it’s hugely important to convert these into shots on target, something none of the promoted teams have done particularly well so far this season: Ignoring the small sample sizes and disregard for opposition strength, all three teams – but most notably QPR – have …
Liverpool | Statistical Emirates Domination

Liverpool | Statistical Emirates Domination

Late Liverpool goals gave the press further ammunition for the running Arsenal-in-crisis story, but to an extent the visitor’s performance that has been overlooked following the 2-0 reversal at the Emirates. The numbers suggest Liverpool had more of the game, winning a number of key battles across the park: For the first time in 18 months – incidentally also against Liverpool – Arsenal enjoyed less than 50% of the ball at home. Missing personnel undoubtedly played a part, but it …
Creativity lacking on opening weekend

Creativity lacking on opening weekend

A wholly underwhelming opening weekend produced 14 goals from 8 matches, a poor advert for the self-proclaimed ‘world’s most entertaining league’. This was typified at St James’ Park, where Arsenal and Newcastle played out a 0-0 draw after sharing 8 goals only six months ago. In that 4-4 thriller, no fewer than 27 chances were created; on Saturday that figure was only 11. Indeed, the entire league suffered a creativity setback in terms of chances created, the table below shows …
Arsenal | How Wembley changed their season

Arsenal | How Wembley changed their season

A pre-season draw to concede the Emirates Cup to the New York Red Bulls suggested that although it’s a new season for Arsenal, the same old problems remain. In an attempt to get to the statistical core of those problems, I stumbled across a slightly bizarre relationship: last season the Gunners enjoyed more success when they actually saw less of the ball. Accounting for differences in opposition strength and match location (home or away), a fall in the amount of …