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. …
Fulham 1 Arsenal 3 | Match & Tactics Report

Fulham 1 Arsenal 3 | Match & Tactics Report

Craven Cottage was soaked to the bone on Saturday in a match that saw fantastic performances from both Podolski and Cazorla. Arsenal won the match by a comfortable margin. For his part, Giroud also conjured up his third goal in as many matches with smooth finish. Whether or not Arsenal bring in another striker remains to be seen, but Giroud seems to be offering up his best efforts to remain in contention for a starting position. Fulham seemed to take …
Lucas Podolski & Theo Walcott - Goal Assist Machines! Stats Analysis

Lucas Podolski & Theo Walcott - Goal Assist Machines! Stats Analysis

Lucas Podolski assisted three goals, in their encounter with West Ham at the Emirates, and in doing so became the first player in the 2012/13 season to grab 3 or more assists within one game. Those three assists have propelled Podolski straight to the top of the Top Assists chart on our EPLIndex Stats Centre. As you can see from the screenshot below - Lucas now has the most assists in the Premier League and has overtaken Juan Mata and …
Giroud Signs for Arsenal | Joins van Persie & Podolski | Stats

Giroud Signs for Arsenal | Joins van Persie & Podolski | Stats

Olivier Giroud's capture has been confirmed by Arsenal - joining Lukas Podolski as fresh attacking options for Arsene Wenger in the 2012-13 season.  The arrival of another striker could have signalled the exit of Robin van Persie, but given the relative youth of Giroud (25) and the immense positional flexibility of Podolski (winger, attacking midfielder, centre forward) we expect that this will simply add another petal to the flourishing rotation policy at The Emirates. Giroud enjoyed a strong season in …
Arrival of Lukas Podolski | What to Expect?

Arrival of Lukas Podolski | What to Expect?

While Arsenal fans begin to implode with silly season in full swing, the signing of Lukas Podolski has seemed somewhat forgotten under rumours of M'Vila, Llorente and the vicarious obsession with the Eden Hazard transfer special. 'Prinz Poldi' as he is lovingly dubbed by many in Germany, will be 27 by the time he joins up with the Arsenal squad after the Euros, further evidence of Wenger's shift away from the youth policy. Podolski began his career at FC Köln, …