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 …
Arsenal minus RVP | Statistical Analysis of the Gunners in 12/13

Arsenal minus RVP | Statistical Analysis of the Gunners in 12/13

It's clear from Arsenal's odds for winning the league, which currently stand at 40/1, that they are having far from a vintage season. Indeed, in terms of Premiership aspirations, it seems like the Gunners' campaign is virtually over already. In order to find out where Arsenal's problems might lie, I have compared their games so far this season with data for the corresponding games last season (ignoring the Man Utd game, as I cannot see any value in looking at a game …
Arsenal Coping Without Cesc and Jack?

Arsenal Coping Without Cesc and Jack?

Arsenal FC – what a ride it has been for this football club this season. Last season was one that promised so much and delivered so little. Arsenal were knocked out of Champions League and the FA Cup within a week, and losing in spectacular fashion to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final ended their hopes of doing the "quadruple". To top it all, they had a disastrous summer where, instead of strengthening the team, they lost captain Cesc Fabregas …
Arsenal | Season already in the balance?

Arsenal | Season already in the balance?

Arsene Wenger even said it himself, according to Arsenal.com, in response to the injuries and Liverpool loss, “We have five big games when the team is not completely ready.” A tough opening month that saw a home loss to Liverpool and an upcoming trip to Old Trafford, combined with a couple of European dates with Udinese meant the squad would need to be ready from day one. It was understood all summer that Arsenal was never going to start at …
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