Nastasic to Arsenal? Statistical Comparison with Vermaelen

Nastasic to Arsenal? Statistical Comparison with Vermaelen

For the first time in a few years, Manchester City has had a quiet summer.  Reports say that City are ready to make their largest splash of the summer in the signing of center back Eliaquim Mangala.  This move for Mangala may make Serbian center back Matija Nastasic surplus to requirement.  Arsenal have been linked to Nastasic multiple times this summer as they may need to replace club captain Thomas Vermaelen. Arsene Wenger has admitted that his club captain may leave this …
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. …
Vermaelen to miss start of the season. Time for a new centre back? | Stats

Vermaelen to miss start of the season. Time for a new centre back? | Stats

Arsenal skipper, Thomas Vermaelen, has been ruled out for all of the teams preseason tour in Asia and will  miss the beginning of the The Gunners Premier League and Champions League campaigns.  Vermaelen aggravated a chronic back problem while on international duty with the Belgian national side and was unable to even travel to Asia, with the rest of his team.  Could this injury force Wenger to sign another centre back? Even though he is the team captain, Vermaelen hasn't …
Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal career in numbers | Stats Analysis

Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal career in numbers | Stats Analysis

Since joining Arsenal from Ajax in 2009, Thomas Vermaelen has been integral to Arsene Wenger’s side despite the Gunners’ lack of silverware. The Belgian defender has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best and despite an injury-hit season in 2010/11 and a dip in form at the beginning of 2012/13; he has been consistently one of Arsenal’s better players. Arriving in 2009/10, Vermaelen quickly illustrated his attacking prowess with 7 Premier League goals in his debut season. Only …