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Have Arsenal Gone Backwards?

Have Arsenal Gone Backwards?

Another season but the same story for Arsenal fans, a February collapse and any chances at silverware up in smoke. The humiliation in the San Siro was followed by an apathetic defeat to Sunderland, eliminating the Gunners from the Champions League (well pretty much) and the FA Cup respectively. The race for fourth is place is the only thing Arsenal can hope to achieve and one does have to wonder how much of that is down to the team themselves …
Player Quick Season Stats Area Launched

Player Quick Season Stats Area Launched

Following on from the Christmas day launch of the Quick Season EPL Stats based on full stats for the whole squad together in one place we've moved on one step further to providing you with a one stop statistical solution. Our next release is the Player based Quick Season epl stats. In this section, as we'll show you below, the Stats Centre will display the Player's stats sorted by match. Not only will you now have the option to check …
Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Since Newcastle United arrived in the Premier League in 1993, there really is only one goalkeeper that springs to mind. Shay Given made 462 appearances in his 12 year illustrious stint at ST JAMES’ PARK, earning him the very worthy title of one of Newcastle United's all time best ‘keepers. During the Premier League era, personnel such as Pavel Srnicek, Shaka Hislop, Steve Harper and Mike Hooper have donned the No. 1 shirt at Newcastle, but none have ever shown …
Top 12th Man | Opta Stats

Top 12th Man | Opta Stats

We've already examined the Top 12th Man for two clubs, writing profiles of Adel Taarabt for QPR and David Stockdale at Fulham. When we put out the call for the very best players off of the bench, several clubs went unrepresented. From those clubs we've taken the best of their best and selected the top option for comparison here. Aston Villa has not enjoyed the best season. With on loan Robbie Keane seeing his time back in the EPL drawn …
Hennessey v Krul | Stats Comparison

Hennessey v Krul | Stats Comparison

Given the lack of a manager at Wolves, it will be Mick McCarthy’s former assistant, Terry ‘Clipboard’ Connor who takes the reins at Wolves away game at Newcastle United. Given this progression, it is not expected that there will be a number of changes to the personnel selected. One player, though, is surely guaranteed a place – Wayne Hennessey. Yes, he made a massive error in McCarthy’s defeat to West Brom, an error that allowed them to retake the lead …
Simpson | Improving, but is he good enough?

Simpson | Improving, but is he good enough?

One of the products from the youth academy at Manchester United, Danny Simpson was unable to seize the chance to sustain a regular starting place and only managed a handful of appearances. During his time at Manchester United, he was loaned out to several clubs; Royal Antwerp, Sunderland, Ipswich, Blackburn Rovers and finally to Newcastle in 2009, where he was a steady performer in the Championship that earned himself a permanent contract in 2010. Undoubtedly, Simpson has improved since his …
West Brom Vs Sunderland Preview

West Brom Vs Sunderland Preview

Niall Quinn's departure from Sunderland this week will have saddened many, but for others, the decision represents a new dawn. Colleagues and fans alike were quick to express their appreciation for the man who has worked steadfastly towards the goal of restoring Sunderland's deep heritage. Finally, and almost unexpectedly, it appears that goal has been achieved. A few month's back the picture wasn't quite so clear, with the team going from bad-to-worse under Steve Bruce. Many were worried by a …
Arsenal v Spurs | Van der Vaart the key

Arsenal v Spurs | Van der Vaart the key

It’s an uneasy time for Arsenal fans. The adage of “Arsene knows…” is more frequently heard in a mocking tone these days, certainly the British media are questioning whether Wenger has taken Arsenal as far as he can. 7 years without a trophy might just about be tolerated, but failure to qualify for the big money Champions League might not be. Especially if one of the teams replacing them in the top four is local rivals Tottenham. Spurs are 10 …
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