Tim Krul and the top 7 | Newcastle

Tim Krul and the top 7 | Newcastle

Say the names Cech, Reina, De Gea, Friedel, Hart and Szczesny to any avid football fan and they will quite rightly return to you that these are the names of the GK’s in the best teams in the Premier League currently. However, mention the name of Tim Krul and many a fan could be forgiven for not having a great deal to come back with. What most Newcastle fans will say, is that Krul’s performances in goal this season have …
Szczesny V Fabianski V Almunia | True Lies

Szczesny V Fabianski V Almunia | True Lies

Over the last few years, the words Goalkeepers and Arsenal have rarely been used in a positive sense in the same sentence.  But the recent emergence of Wojciech Szczesny has evoked a sense of stability and confidence, at least amongst the Gooner ranks. In this post I want to look at some stats to see whether facts corroborate the perceived gulf in class between the supposedly God-awful Almunia, the horrific-to-heroic Fabianski, and superstar-in-the-making Szczesny. The above table covers a number …
Third Time Lucky | Arsenal goalkeeper 10/11 stats

Third Time Lucky | Arsenal goalkeeper 10/11 stats

Last season saw Arsenal start the campaign with Manuel Almunia in goal. We spent most of the summer being heavily linked with a move for Fulham’s goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, but Arsenal declined to increase our initial offer (as only we do) and we decided to persevere with the Spaniard. Little did we know that Almunia would only go on to play 720 minutes between the sticks in The Premier League. So where did it all go wrong for Almunia statistically? It appears …
Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Since Newcastle United arrived in the Premier League in 1993, there really is only one goalkeeper that springs to mind. Shay Given made 462 appearances in his 12 year illustrious stint at ST JAMES’ PARK, earning him the very worthy title of one of Newcastle United's all time best ‘keepers. During the Premier League era, personnel such as Pavel Srnicek, Shaka Hislop, Steve Harper and Mike Hooper have donned the No. 1 shirt at Newcastle, but none have ever shown …
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