What are Arsenal doing differently?

What are Arsenal doing differently?

Arsenal currently find themselves in an excellent position, sitting top of the Premier League and are rightly considered genuine title contenders. In fact, some now even consider them favourites to be crowned champions come May; but what, if anything, are they doing differently? I’ve decided to compare various statistics from this season with both the 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns to evaluate why they’ve gone in many eyes from pretenders to contenders. Attacking As the old saying goes: “goals win games”; …
Fulham 2 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Fulham 2 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Steven Gerrard came up with the goods with a last gasp penalty winner for Liverpool at Craven Cottage, keeping their title or top four (depending on your persuasion) aspirations alive and kicking, and taking them to within four points of the summit. Fulham Fulham sat rock bottom of the league, however, they have shown recent faint glimpses of hope under Rene Meulensteen. They have reinforced, and attempted to reinvigorate, bringing in Lewis Holtby on loan from Spurs and Ryan Tunnicliffe …
A Guide: Zonal Marking On Corners | Tactical Analysis

A Guide: Zonal Marking On Corners | Tactical Analysis

Picture this scenario (disclaimer: not a fictional account of events - stolen from a particular match in 2005): You’re less than 180 seconds away from taking the cup final to penalties. It’s the game that nobody gave you and your disciples a hope in hell, even your players thought so - with their rational mindset anyway. But this is now, the 117th minute; 117 minutes of twists and turns. At half time you were 3-0 down, down and out. But …
How valuable is David Luiz to Chelsea? Compared to Kompany, Ferdinand & Vermaelen

How valuable is David Luiz to Chelsea? Compared to Kompany, Ferdinand & Vermaelen

In the wake of a rejected £35 million bid from Barcelona for Chelsea defender David Luiz, quite a debate has erupted over the former Benfica man’s actual worth to the team. Luiz, whilst a first-team stalwart and a fan favourite, has nevertheless been derided in the past by fans and pundits alike for his erratic defending, none more famously than Gary Neville. The former England right-back’s comments that Luiz defended like he was being controlled by a “10 year old …
What is Liverpool's best defensive duo? | Stats comparison

What is Liverpool's best defensive duo? | Stats comparison

The current season is full of mixed feelings for Liverpool fans. The Reds play wonderful football and destroy their opponents one week and a few days later suffer a horrible defeat in a match they should have won. There are some positives as Brendan Rodger's team scores much more goals than Kenny' team last year and Luis Suarez seems to be contending for player of the year award whilst Steven Gerrard has regained the form that made him renowned as one …
Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

The introduction of Daniel Sturridge has brought about tactical changes at Anfield that possibly offer a resounding solution to Liverpool’s defining tactical inefficiency that we have seen so much of this season. For the last two seasons (and more) at Anfield, Liverpool have consistently created chance after chance, only to leave fans frustrated and little to offer on the score sheet. Most people will tell you that the reason behind this was the inability of Liverpool’s players to finish and …
An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

The following analysis is simply to illustrate exactly where goals were scored from on the pitch and where each and every assist came from during the 2011/12 English Premier League season. The conclusions that can be drawn from the following are useful during the decision making stages of tactical strategies. How compact should a defence be? How deep should a team 'park the bus'? How should a team treat spaces in and around the box? .... There is a consistency …
Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Why is the Hawthorns Such a Fortress for West Brom? | Stats Analysis

Several teams this season have been lauded for playing with fluidity and creativity. Take Everton or Tottenham, for example. Perennially pragmatic Everton have enjoyed plaudits from every direction this season for their style of play, while Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side are finally beginning to look to observers like a team of genuine quality once more. One team who have arguably not received the praise they deserve this season, though, is West Bromwich Albion. Sitting sixth in the league with 14 …
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