Arsenal 4 Reading 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 4 Reading 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

I doubt Arsene Wenger has witnessed such a one-sided Premier League victory during his tenure at Arsenal. Or even one in which the opposition failed to offer any sort of meaningful test. This was about as routine a victory as you will see. Arsenal still produced good football but just how good, can be debated given the limitations of what Reading offered. Nigel Adkins took charge of Reading for the first time at the Emirates and having already suffered a …
Premier League Top Players So Far | Goal Scorers, Chance Creators, Assists, Possession Wins

Premier League Top Players So Far | Goal Scorers, Chance Creators, Assists, Possession Wins

Mata V Silva V Cazorla | Creative Spaniards Stats Analysis

Mata V Silva V Cazorla | Creative Spaniards Stats Analysis

Earlier in the season we tried to compare the three very similar Spaniards that grace the Premier League with their creativity and flair - Juan Mata, David Silva & Santi Cazorla. Unfortunately it was too early in the season for any comparison to be fair. The three of them have played over 1800 minutes now (equivalent of 20 games) so we should be able to see where these players are similar or compare their performances in the 2012/13 season. Mata …
Reading 2 Arsenal 5 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

Reading 2 Arsenal 5 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

It wasn't 5-7, but it was still highly entertaining stuff on Monday at the Madejski Stadium. Arsenal may be in something of a crisis after losing to Bradford City in the Capital One Cup, but a strong showing at the Madejski Stadium will have Arsene Wenger pleased. Arsenal put 4 unanswered goals past Reading before McDermott’s men managed to find 2 opportunistic goals within five minutes of each other. Readings orthodox 4-4-2 was stretched by Arsenal’s superior numbers in midfield. …
Premier League's Creative Spaniards | Mata Vs Cazorla Vs Silva Stats

Premier League's Creative Spaniards | Mata Vs Cazorla Vs Silva Stats

Comparing Mata Vs Silva Vs Cazorla When talking about creative players for last season Juan Mata and David Silva were the names on the tip of everyone's tongue! Looking at the Creativity view from our Opta Stats Centre (below - subscribe for access today!) you can see that there were only two players that created over 100 chances in the league last season. The performances last season from both Mata and Silva were truly outstanding and they may not be …
Top 5 Midfield Passers so far 2012/13 | Stats Comparison

Top 5 Midfield Passers so far 2012/13 | Stats Comparison

Many people generalise a players passing stats and say how good a player is just on the number of passes he has made and how many passes he has completed, but there are many other factors that people do not tend to take into consideration. With that in mind this comparison not only looks at the general passing statistics but also compares where on the pitch the top 5 passers make their passes (own half of the pitch, attacking half …
Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0: Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0: Tactical Analysis

With Van Persie departing for Man Utd and the transfer of Song to Barcelona confirmed also, its easy to jump to conclusions regarding Arsenal’s prospects this season particularly when both players were reportedly involved in over 60% of Arsenal’s goal last season. A goalless draw at home to Sunderland is unlikely to silence the doubters either. Yet whilst this was a disappointing opening day draw for Arsenal, it was a game which offered glimpses of the potential within the squad …
Premier League 12/13 Opta Stats | Best Players From Fixture Round 1

Premier League 12/13 Opta Stats | Best Players From Fixture Round 1

So the first weekend of the season has come and gone and what  a weekend of football it was. From the high scoring games on Saturday to the end to end game between Manchester City and Southampton and finally Everton beating Manchester United on Monday night. It was an interesting round of fixtures with a few big games Newcastle Vs Spurs and Everton Vs Manchester United. There were a few drubbings with Swansea, Fulham and West Brom dishing out some …
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