Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

The home side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 system. Olivier Giroud lead an attack supported by Cazorla, Ozil and Podolski in attacking midfield. Deeper sat Arteta and a returning Aaron Ramsey whilst Szczesny’s goal was protected by Monreal, Sagna, Koscielny and Mertesacker. Newcastle lined up in a 4-5-1 seemingly in an attempt to stifle Arsenal’s midfield that thrives in advanced central spaces. A back line of Dummett, Debuchy, Coloccini and Williamson protected Tim Krul behind a 5 man midfield …
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 …
Early Look at Premier League Team of the Year | Hazard, Ramsey, Suarez & Sturridge

Early Look at Premier League Team of the Year | Hazard, Ramsey, Suarez & Sturridge

As we near the beginning of spring and league tables throughout the country take shape, the talk will soon head towards who the best players of the season have been. Playing in a 4-2-2-2 formation, similar to Manchester City’s system, this is an early look at the Premier League team of the season so far. Wojciech Szczesny After some difficult seasons, where he saw his mental toughness questioned and was dropped for big games, Szczesny has begun to fulfil the …
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 …
Unlikely Key Performers: Henderson, Mertesacker, Marshall, Rodriguez..

Unlikely Key Performers: Henderson, Mertesacker, Marshall, Rodriguez..

There are the players that surprise no-one with their brilliant performances throughout the season, but what about the players that you wouldn’t you expect to be impressed by? Here are 5 of mine. David Marshall For any newly promoted team, the goalkeeper faces the almighty task of being the last line of defence, that is needed more than ever. After a season when he relatively coasted through games in the Championship, he now faces world class strikers, who need only …
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 …
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