Category Archives: Arsenal stats

Wenger reveals that Arsenal don’t just rely on scouts

With the arrival of Gabriel Paulista (by the way his real name is Gabriel Armando de Abreu, Paulista simply means he was born in São Paulo, Brazil), a reporter from the Guardian decided to grill Arsene Wenger on whether Arsenal had used their stats company – StatDNA – to select the Villarreal defender from the array on offer.

“I cannot tell you all but he has good stats,” Wenger replied. “Was that a yes then, Arsène?” “It is not a no,” Le Prof responded warily….

Did Szczesny do enough to save his Arsenal career?

I suggested before Arsenal travelled to Brighton for the 4th round of the FA cup yesterday that the game was a great chance for Wojciech Szczesny to lay down a marker and prove to Arsene Wenger that he should still be the first choice keeper for the Gunners.

And with Arsenal now involved in a tight race with the likes of Man United, Southampton and Liverpool to finish in the top four of the Premier League, there might not be too many chances for a second choice keeper at the club. And there are also rumours that the Arsenal boss might be looking for a new keeper in the summer, so the player who is sitting on the bench for the rest of this season could be looking for a new club at the end of it.

Has Flamini failed the test for Arsenal? Stats say NO!

It seems as though the debate about Arsenal and the defensive midfield role will go on as long as water is wet, or at least as long as Arsene Wenger is the manager of the Gunners. But at least the Frenchman decided to bring back our former player Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer last summer to give us another option in that position.

And the French midfielder did a pretty good job a lot of the time, without having the presence or ability of someone like Patrick Vieira. This season, however, has seen Flamini get quite a lot of criticism from the Arsenal fans and the calls for a new signing to shore up our midfield have only got louder, so has Flamini failed to fill that role since his return?

Without Ramsey Arsenal MUST pair Wilshere with Flamini

After Roy Hodgson played the Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in an unfamiliar defensive midfield, or Pirlo, position for England the other night, there has been quite a bit of speculation over his best position. And Arsene Wenger has tried him in a few different roles for Arsenal as well, on both flanks and in the number 10 role behind the forward line.

But his most common position and the one in which most people see as his best is the box-to-box role. But at Arsenal over the last year or so, that spot has been taken by Aaron Ramsey. It was really unlucky for Jack that he suffered that broken foot challenge from Agger just as he was really finding his form again there with Ramsey injured.

Stats show Giroud IS vital AND good enough for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger had some warm words of praise and support for Olivier Giroud yesterday, after the French striker changed the game at Everton for Arsenal and powered in an injury time headed equaliser. The boss suggested that the Gunners do not need any more strikers and that he expects the big man to improve again and be a key figure for us this season. But is the Prof right?

Analysis of Arsenal’s free-kick takers over last two years


I know you guys are just as excited as I am that the Premier League has started. However, I’ve noticed that there’s still something missing from Arsenal’s game since van Persie left. And that is scoring from dead balls.

When there was a free kick back in the day, I always thought, “no problem mon” – we have RVP to take it. Nowadays I just shudder. Since 2012, we have scored a meager 3 goals from dead balls including Santi’s crucial goal in the FA Cup Final. We know who to put for PKs – Arteta’s conversion rate from the spot is lethal. For the most part, crosses from a dead ball and corners are taken by Santi and Ozil. But when in scoring range, which Gunner should be over the ball?

Analysis of how Arsenal need to improve their goalscoring record

Hello fellow Gooners. Hope everything is fine with you’ll (Besides the transfer speculation of course). After going through so many Arsenal transfer rumors, I am writing this article to deviate some attention on our offensive capabilities and more specifically on our Set Pieces and Penalty capabilities..

As you all know Man City & Liverpool were the standout scoring teams in the last edition of EPL. In order of goals scored, the top 5 teams were:

1.) Manchester City – 102 goals
2.) Liverpool – 101 goals
3.) Chelsea – 71 goals
4.) Arsenal – 68 goals
5.) Manchester United- 64 goals

Proof of Ramsey’s influence and why Arsenal MUST rest him!!

I can understand Arsene Wenger’s thinking, especially as Arsenal players had been falling by the wayside like the bunnies on normal batteries in the Duracell advert all season long, but it seems fairly clear that the injury that the Welshman picked up on Boxing Day, was a result of him being over-played.

The Frenchman probably tried to get him back too soon as well, but if the manager can avoid doing the same thing next season, Rambo could well lead us to the title. After he won the Player of the Season award, compiled some stats to show what an influence Ramsey had for us, and it is remarkable.

Why Arsenal MUST give Arteta a new contract…

Mikel Arteta has just one year left of his current contract with Arsenal. I have seen some comments suggesting that it is time for the Spaniard to move on, while there have been reports of interest from Serie A club Fiorentina. Personally, I am hoping that Arsene Wenger, instead of selling him this year or letting his contract run out next summer, offers the Spaniard an extension, maybe another two years. Why?

Why Mesut Ozil is the key to Arsenal lifting FA cup trophy!!

If Arsenal beat Hull City at Wembley in 10 days time and lift the FA cup trophy, it will end a nine year wait for a major trophy since Patrick Vieira scored the winning penalty in 2005 against Man United with his last kick as an Arsenal player.

And it will give Arsenal a fine finish to a season that started with great promise, fell away in the middle and was heading for disaster before a late rally gave the fans hope for a better future. And that sequence has been the story of one Mesut Ozil as well. The club record signing has come back from his injury showing the same form that had Gooners purring and dreaming of glory.

Detailed infograhic of Arsenal’s win over West Brom

Arsenal 1 v 0 West Bromwich Albion Match Report Infographic by

Arsenal, securing fourth spot thanks to Everton’s loss on Saturday, claimed all three points in a relatively straight forward win over the Baggies. West Brom had some half-chances but the Gunners should have finished them off well and truly beyond the match winner provided by Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners had a slim chance to gain third should Chelsea lose after their game on Sunday afternoon. The Blues dropped points and essentially are out of the title race with a draw, however the vast gulf in goal difference between the two London sides means Chelsea must lose and Arsenal win by 17-18 odd goals on the final day. Maybe in some distant parallel universe eh…

Wow! Giroud set to beat Henry’s scoring record!!

And no, Arsenal fans, I am not talking about a different Henry, I am talking about Thierry the King. Amazingly enough, Giroud needs just one goal to equal the second season goal tally of the great Henry, and two to beat it. With four games left and Arsenal in good form, that is a serious possibility. And I am not talking about a different Giroud, I am talking about Olivier, the player that some fans love to hate. You know, the guy who could not hit a cow’s backside with a banjo.