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 …
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 …
Goalkeeper Stats Comparison | De Gea, Mignolet, Szczesny So Far

Goalkeeper Stats Comparison | De Gea, Mignolet, Szczesny So Far

Football, this beautiful game, has always been about scoring goals, goals galore. The game revolves around putting the ball in the back of the net. Be it the unmissable sitters, heartbreaking and unforgettable last minute winners, the netbusters or sometimes dubious own goals. It is the goals that have always mattered in the end and beyond, goals that footballers are remembered for. Having said that, the less remembered and arguably the least glamorous footballers in terms of what they do, …
Szczesny | The Cusp of Something Great? Stats from 10/11 onwards

Szczesny | The Cusp of Something Great? Stats from 10/11 onwards

Wojciech Szczesny is a goalkeeper that has been earmarked as Arsenal’s number 1 since January 2010. Wenger is quoted as saying “I really believe in him that he will one day be Arsenal's number one. He has all the qualities you want from a goalkeeper." Until late Szczesny has failed to live up to these heavy expectations. His tendency to make a silly error has, at times, made him a liability to have in goal. After a blip in the first …
Is Szczesny Good Enough To Be Arsenal Number One? Stats Comparison

Is Szczesny Good Enough To Be Arsenal Number One? Stats Comparison

With under a week to go until the transfer window closes, Arsenal are still yet to sign a senior player. The club had a poor start to the season on the opening day as they lost 3-1 to Aston Villa. The player who performed exceptionally poorly that day was Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. He not only conceded a penalty which was completely unnecessary but he also showed his naivety as he left his box on one occasion but Villa failed …
David de Gea – Future United Legend | Statistically compared to rivals

David de Gea – Future United Legend | Statistically compared to rivals

Signed for a British record fee for a goalkeeper at around £17 million, David de Gea joined Manchester United last season with an enviable reputation. He helped Athletico Madrid win both the UEFA Europa League 2009-2010 and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010 and before that, won Spain's U17 2007 European Championship and finished second at the subsequent 2007 World Cup. He also played in the Spain U21 team that won the 2011 European Championship and is currently captain of …
Poland vs Greece: The Dortmund trio

Poland vs Greece: The Dortmund trio

Euro 2012 began with something of a bang yesterday evening when Poland and Greece fought out a 1-1 draw. There was shambolic defending, goals, red cards and a penalty, more than enough to keep the watching public entertained, but in truth from a game as hectic as this it can often be tough to draw any statistical conclusions. Much of the focus before the game had been on Poland's Borussia Dortmund trio of Lukasz Piszczek, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski …
Arsenal Season Review 2011/2012 | The Defence

Arsenal Season Review 2011/2012 | The Defence

Arsenal secured the much desired 3rd place and potentially final Champion's League spot on Sunday after what was very much a rollercoaster season. A start that hadn't been seen around the club for some time was followed by a slight upturn in results but not very convincingly. Then January came with the Gunners failing to win a single game for the entire month. A 7-1 win over Blackburn in February initiated a 7 game winning streak that saw the 5-2 …