England's Best XI | Part 2 : Midfield | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 2 : Midfield | Opta Stats Analysis

With the goalkeeper and defence already chosen for England’s best XI (Full England Defence Article Here) we will now look at what England’s best midfield would be for Euro 2012. We have again given the player who came out on top in each section of the comparison 5 points, the player who came second 3 points and the player that came third 1 point and then added up the totals. We have used Opta statistics from the 2011/2012 season up …
QPR vs Arsenal | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

QPR vs Arsenal | Tactical & Opta Statistical Preview

Arsenal go into this game as the form team in the Premiership, having won 7 games on the trot for the first time since the Invincibles season. The return of key players and confidence throughout the team has brought back some breathtaking football to the side and at times they have looked unbeatable. QPR looked to have turned a corner in their fight for Premiership survival after coming from 2 goals down against Liverpool to win 3-2. They followed that …
Arsenal 7 Blackburn 1 | Opta Stats Report

Arsenal 7 Blackburn 1 | Opta Stats Report

The feel good factor returned to the Emirates this afternoon where Arsenal thrashed a 10-man Blackburn Rovers 7-1. Arsenal dominated from the start, with Robin Van Persie opening the scoring shortly after one minute. As is the norm for Arsenal though, they allowed Blackburn to equalize with their first shot, a fantastic Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick right into the top corner. Van Persie restored Arsenal's lead before unleashing the exciting Oxlade-Chamberlain to make it 3-1 before half-time. Steve Kean's team …
Gunners Leave it Late...Again | Opta Stats Report

Gunners Leave it Late...Again | Opta Stats Report

Arsenal saw off the threat off Newcastle on Monday night courtesy of a 95th minute winner from Thomas Vermaelen. The Gunners are now the first team in Premiership history to win 4 games in a row after initially being behind in each one. The fact these wins came away to Sunderland and Liverpool and at the Emirates to Tottenham and Newcastle make the feat all the more impressive. The fact that we were 2-0 down to Tottenham until the 35th …
Arsenal 1 MUFC 2 | Wenger Outwitted

Arsenal 1 MUFC 2 | Wenger Outwitted

Arsenal succumbed to their third defeat in a row in the Premiership, despite equalising through Robin Van Persie, as United rather comfortably overcame their opponents. Sir Alex Ferguson lined his team up in the counter-attacking style he normally deploys against Arsenal. Their exploitation of the wings paid dividends and Ferguson's quick reactions to any changes Wenger made ensured his team came away with the victory. On Arsenal's right flank, John Djourou had a nightmare of a game against the tricky …
Arsenal Stats | Mid-Season Review

Arsenal Stats | Mid-Season Review

After the worst start to a season in their Premier League history, Arsenal have recovered remarkably well, steadily climbing up the table from a lowly 17th to 5th place and one point off the hotly contested Champions League places. Many fans point to the 5-3 victory over Chelsea as the turning point this season for the Gunners and rightly so, the team appeared to have a new-found belief and that inferiority complex that seemed to plague the team when playing …
Fulham vs Arsenal | Stats Report

Fulham vs Arsenal | Stats Report

Fulham vs Arsenal Wenger’s proverbial handbrake was on full strength as 10-man Arsenal surrendered a 1-0 lead towards the end of an exciting match at Craven Cottage through a series of defensive mistakes as the severity of their full-back crisis hit home. [caption id="attachment_7864" align="aligncenter" width="551" caption="Taken from EPLIndex.com's New Feature - Quick Stats"][/caption] Arsenal carved multiple chances in the first half, creating 9 shots on target, as Gervinho and Ramsey posed the Fulham defence many problems. The Ivorian’s already …
The Wing Wizards of Arsenal

The Wing Wizards of Arsenal

The one thing you have to give to Arsenal FC is that they never fail to entertain. They dragged themselves back into the race for the top 4, indeed some said even the title race, by snatching late points in matches where they weren't quite at their flowing best. Only because of their spirit and never say die attitude. It was the kind of stuff that Ferguson’s United are known for! But when they finally got into a position to …
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