Lerner’s Crossroad to Proud History & Bright Future | Villa

Lerner’s Crossroad to Proud History & Bright Future | Villa

I would like to say from the outset of this article the analysis of Randy Lerner is not my own personal view. This is just a collation of views with different aspects and would like to get fellow fans to share their ideas on the comments box at the bottom of the article. On September 19, 2006 Aston Villa PLC executive Chairman Doug Ellis and his board resigned, to be replaced by Randy Lerner as Chairman and General Charles C. …
A Statistical Comparison: Jamie Vardy vs Olivier Giroud

A Statistical Comparison: Jamie Vardy vs Olivier Giroud

Over the last couple of days, Arsenal have been heavily linked to Leicester City's Jamie Vardy. The Guardian, Telegraph, and BBC have all reported that Arsenal have matched the release clause in Vardy's contract, reported to be around £20m. The fact that so many different media outlets have reported it makes it seem like there is at least some truth in the link.  Arsenal need a striker, but no one expected this to be the direction they'd go.  While Vardy did just …
Arsene Wenger's Selection Headache

Arsene Wenger's Selection Headache

With the league season winding down and the FA Cup final on the horizon, Arsene Wenger's squad has looked tired and had a couple games where they've been firing blanks.  As a result, the Frenchman rotated his squad.  The rotation paid dividends with a 4-1 win. Two players that were rotated in for this one were English internationals Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott.  Walcott bagged himself a hat trick, while Wilshere scored what was later voted as the BBC goal …
Head to Head: Coutinho vs Cazorla

Head to Head: Coutinho vs Cazorla

Jordan Henderson Season Review

Jordan Henderson Season Review

There has been much debate this season concerning the faltering performances of expensive players such as Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, and the so-called vast improvement of players such as Arsenal’s other midfielder, Aaron Ramsey. One such player that’s improvement has been recognised but not necessarily to the extent that he deserves is Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson. The 23-year-old has been much maligned over the last few seasons for his supposed lack of a positive contribution to the team’s performances, but has experienced …
Clear-Cut Finishing Analysis | Suarez, Aguero, Giroud, Rooney Compared

Clear-Cut Finishing Analysis | Suarez, Aguero, Giroud, Rooney Compared

Following on from Statto's article looking at the players to create the most clear cut chances this season, we take a look at how well the strikers have done in front of goal converting these clear cut chances. So what is a clear cut chance? [quote]A situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score usually in a one-on-one scenario or from very close range.[/quote] Basically, a clear-cut chance is a  “sitter”. A free header, a one-on-one, a penalty – basically …
Robbie Keane departs as Villa stalemate

Robbie Keane departs as Villa stalemate

Aston Villa travelled to Wigan Athletic on Saturday in what was a much-needed away win for Aston Villa but the afternoon turned into a frustration fuelled affair at the DW Stadium.  The fixture in recent times has been a good one for Aston Villa; in the last six Villa have won 3 drawn 2, this includes Saturday's 0-0 draw. For the best way to catch Aston Villa, and the rest of the Premier League live, make sure you have access to …
Best of Promoted Clubs: Jedinak, Brady & Whittingham | Stats

Best of Promoted Clubs: Jedinak, Brady & Whittingham | Stats

Promotion to the Premier League is the goal of any club slugging it out in the subterranean chambers of English football.  The cold truth of the matter however, is that reaching the top flight is the easy part – maintaining your status amongst the heavy hitters is the real challenge. Some clubs try to stave off the executioner with expensive summer investment, others by sticking with the crew that achieved promotion success in the first place. In the current fledgling …
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