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”; …
Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (11/12)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (11/12)

Looking at last season’s data, we can see what seems like a radical change when we compare the graph with that of four years previous. The ‘tail’ of the correlation has disappeared completely and the entire line seems to be moving towards something more linear. This is the effect of teams such as Wigan, and more recently Swansea. These clubs have used possession-based football as a way of avoiding relegation, causing teams such as Bolton and Blackburn (who have operated with less …
Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (08/09)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (08/09)

Four years ago Spain used a possession-based philosophy to win Euro 2008. Since then, Spain and Barcelona have been the dominant forces in world and European football, with much of their success attributed to this style. Two footballing clichés seem to underpin this. Firstly, that possession is ‘Nine Tenths of the Law’. Secondly, that over the course of a season positives and negatives will even themselves out. According to these theories, the team that can dominate possession for every game should …
Is possession always nine tenths of the law? | Stats Analysis

Is possession always nine tenths of the law? | Stats Analysis

Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Champions League. If you did not see the game and looked at the data you would have been confused on the basis that Barcelona had 84% Possession and still managed to lose. If we look at the Barcelona data for the game we can see that they had 25 shots, so in relation to possession, that is one shot per 3.36% of possession. Celtic won the game by restricting the amount of shots on …
Possession stats do not matter | Stats Analysis

Possession stats do not matter | Stats Analysis

Hatty gets on base more than Pena, in fact 20% more… His fielding does not matter Moneyball, 2011
This quote from the film Moneyball demonstrates the fact that some aspects of the game were unimportant to the way Billy Beane wanted to play baseball. This quote also rings true when talking about possession stats in football, every fan tries to justify that their team played better because they had a higher amount of possession than the other team. Well possession …