A Look At Arsenal New Guys via Opta Stats | Per Mertesacker

A Look At Arsenal New Guys via Opta Stats | Per Mertesacker

The summer before this season commenced has been unanimously declared a disaster by all associated with the Arsenal. The messy departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas stripped the club of their two most creative talents and Gael Clichy's refusal to renew his contract meant we were short in the left-back area. Welcome high-profile departures came in the form of Eboue, Traore, Denilson, Bendtner and Vela, albeit only the former two sold completely. Of course it wouldn't be Arsenal unless …
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 …
Aston Villa rue missed opportunity at Rovers | Opta Stats

Aston Villa rue missed opportunity at Rovers | Opta Stats

Well once again the match review headline descends on the lips of Aston Villa fans, reads “Aston Villa rue missed chances”. Aston Villa yesterday travelled to Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park backed by approximately 3,000 fans, this is quite surreal to imagine sell out allocations in back to back away games in 7 days.Last weekend Aston Villa took 3,584 fans up to the northeast to Wigan Wanderers, but the two games have provided the same outcome. Aston Villa travelled to Ewood …
Venkys | A case for the defence | Rovers

Venkys | A case for the defence | Rovers

The sale of Christopher Samba to Anzhi Makhachkala for in excess of £10m on Friday night represents the third major defensive departure from Ewood Park in the last eight months. Samba follows Ryan Nelsen and Phil Jones out of the door, but does this leave Venky’s as defenceless as Rovers? [caption id="attachment_10599" align="aligncenter" width="525" caption="Will Venky’s still be celebrating come the conclusion of the Premier League season?"][/caption] When Venkys completed their takeover of Blackburn Rovers in late November 2010 there …
Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Premier League Goal Scoring Patterns

Our statistical expert Ford Bohrmann analyses Premier League goal scoring patterns by looking at which areas of the goal teams score in. The article focuses on every Premier League side and then also covers their conversion percentages with the use of graphics. The original idea for this post came from a question from one of the readers of my blog. He was curious to know if there were any patterns to where clubs score in the plane of the goal. …
Arsenal 7 Blackburn 1 | Opta Stats Report

Arsenal 7 Blackburn 1 | Opta Stats Report

The feel good factor returned to the Emirates this afternoon where Arsenal thrashed a 10-man Blackburn Rovers 7-1. Arsenal dominated from the start, with Robin Van Persie opening the scoring shortly after one minute. As is the norm for Arsenal though, they allowed Blackburn to equalize with their first shot, a fantastic Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick right into the top corner. Van Persie restored Arsenal's lead before unleashing the exciting Oxlade-Chamberlain to make it 3-1 before half-time. Steve Kean's team …
Blackburn 0 Newcastle 2 | EPL Opta Stats Analysis

Blackburn 0 Newcastle 2 | EPL Opta Stats Analysis

Arsenal v Blackburn | Opta Stats Preview

Arsenal v Blackburn | Opta Stats Preview

Arsenal will look to pick up their form against the struggling Blackburn Rovers on Saturday after failing to gain ground on 4th place with a 0-0 draw at Bolton mid-week. Earlier in the season, Blackburn shocked the Gunners with a 4-3 victory courtesy of a Yakubu brace against a faltering Gunners, and Steve Kean will be looking at Saturday's game hoping of a repeat of his team's performance. Fans of Arsenal will be pleased to hear the suspended Yakubu and …
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