Per Mertesacker | Player Performance Analysis Vs Spurs

Per Mertesacker | Player Performance Analysis Vs Spurs

In a North London derby with major ramifications, Arsenal had to show toughness and resilience.  Per Mertesacker, along with centre-back partner Laurent Koscielny, were toughness and resilience personified.  With both North London pride and a vital three points on the line, Mertesacker was tested time and time again and he passed every test with flying colours. If Arsenal had lost this game to Tottenham, that would have let the Gunners' arch rivals right back into the race for the top …
Centre-Backs Analysis | Skrtel Vs Mertesacker Vs Terry Vs Kompany

Centre-Backs Analysis | Skrtel Vs Mertesacker Vs Terry Vs Kompany

Centre-Backs. The brick walls of defence. For aspirations of winning the Premier League, it is imperative to have a strong back line. With Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City set to fight it out in the next few months for the title, this following piece will look at the main centre-back for each team and how they have fared so far this season. Looking at stats such a tackling, duels, errors, clearances etc as well as my own opinion on …
Arsenal's Key Men | Ramsey, Mertesacker & Özil Stats

Arsenal's Key Men | Ramsey, Mertesacker & Özil Stats

Arsenal have enjoyed a pretty solid season so far: firmly in the Premier League title race, still in the FA Cup and still (just) in the Champions League. The Gunners have had a number of outstanding performers from Laurent Koscielny to Wojciech Szczęsny but three of the truly great performers have been Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Özil. Ramsey’s injury-troubled season has still seen him placed amongst the best Arsenal performers this season, whilst his German teammates have been …
Mertesacker Vs Crystal Palace | Player Performance Analysis

Mertesacker Vs Crystal Palace | Player Performance Analysis

After a poor transfer window for Arsenal many fans were left frustrated at Arsene Wenger for not being able to bring in another striker to the club, putting all title hopes on the shoulders of Olivier Giroud. Arsenal welcomed their noisy London rivals Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium for the first time. Arsenal were expected to dominate the game and hit the ground running from the  kick off, but this was not the case. New gaffer Tony Pulis is …
Per Mertesacker Vs Villa | Player Performance Analysis

Per Mertesacker Vs Villa | Player Performance Analysis

After all the other title contenders won their games over the weekend, Arsenal had to beat Aston Villa to keep pace with them.  After a comfortable first hour, Aston Villa finally turned up and the Gunners had to hold strong at the back.  Per Mertesacker was once again the leader of the back four and put in a great performance.  When the pressure was on, Arsenal's back-line repelled the battering ram that came in the last 15-20 minutes to take the Gunners back to the top of …
Is Özil the Answer or a Mask for Deficiencies in the Arsenal Squad? Stats

Is Özil the Answer or a Mask for Deficiencies in the Arsenal Squad? Stats

The 2013 summer transfer deadline day certainly lived up to its Sky Sports billing, as Arsenal sent tongues wagging and eyebrows rising, with the capture of a genuine top class talent in Germany’s Mesut Özil. It was not just the quality of the acquisition that caught the attention of the world’s media but the price tag, with Wenger finally succumbing to supporters wishes by spending a whopping €50 million (or £42.5 million) to secure the services of the talented playmaker. …
Sunderland Vs Arsenal | Pre-match 13/14 Player Performance Comparisons

Sunderland Vs Arsenal | Pre-match 13/14 Player Performance Comparisons

Arsenal's victory over local rivals Tottenham Hotspurs was followed by the acquisition of the German playmaker Mesut Özil for a club-record fee of 42.5 million pounds. Sunderland's last game ended in a resounding 3-1 defeat away from home against the newly promoted Crystal Palace. After the international break, the Premier League resumes this weekend with some very important fixtures. Lingering at 19th in the league table with a solitary point, Sunderland prepare to host Arsenal, who on the back of …
The Mertesacker & Koscielny Partnership | Arsenal Win / Loss Stats

The Mertesacker & Koscielny Partnership | Arsenal Win / Loss Stats

In March 2013, the Arsenal defence was struggling with the partnership of Per Mertesacker and captain Thomas Vermaelen. Vermaelen was in bad form all season, making six defensive errors, the most by any outfield player, and making a defensive error every 373 minutes. Arsene Wenger decided to change the team ahead of the second leg tie against Bayern Munich which included dropping Thomas Vermaelen - the captain - for Laurent Koscielny.  The pair of Mertesacker and Koscielny kept a clean …
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