Category Archives: Arsenal stats

Arsenal’s terrible form against “tough opposition” revealed (5-year stats)

The Man City game was a one off! by ThirdManJW

Arsenal v Monaco – Champions League Stats and Form

Arsenal host AS Monaco at the Emirates tonight in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match-up. After exits from the competition at this stage in their previous four seasons against the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan and Bayern Munich and with the disadvantage of playing away in the second leg the pressure is on the London club to make it to the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

MoneyBall – How Arsenal use statistics for transfer targets

MoneyBall – Arsenal and the use of Statistics By Supertuur

The movie MoneyBall is about a baseball team, The Oakland Athletics, which uses statistical models to buy undervalued players in the market and analyse the game to get them more wins. This approach was needed as the Oakland A’s only had a limited budget for player transfers. The first year it was used the Oakland A’s managed to win 20 games in a row, which broke an American League record. Can the use of statistical model, which is now common in baseball, be used in football which is more complex.

Is Mesut Ozil STILL an Arsenal Flop? Definitely NOT!

Arsenal’s Mesut Özil was labelled a flop by many Gooners last year. Philippe Coutinho has just won back-to-back player of the month awards at Liverpool and is being hailed as one of the Premier League’s best players this season.

Opta-powered fantasy football game decided it was time they looked at both players a little closer to see if Özil was deserving of the flop tag and whether Coutinho is really as good as everyone says he is, taking into account that Coutinho has just won his THIRD player of the month award. The stats tell a very different story…

Bellerin’s stats prove he should be in Arsenal’s First XI

Gary Neville was full of praise for Arsenal’s right-back Héctor Bellerín on Monday Night Football and it’s understandable why after his recent performances against both Manchester City and Aston Villa.

Opta powered fantasy football game have taken a closer look at the 19-year-old’s season so far and the stats impress. The Spaniard has started five of the seven league games that he has featured in, completing a total of 500 minutes.
Over his seven appearances, Bellerín’s pass completion of 78% falls just short of Arsenal’s overall 84%. His 65% success when tackling far exceeds fellow club right-backs Mathieu Debuchy 47.4% and Calum Chambers 48.5% this season.
His impressive defensive stats continue with 3.24 interceptions and 4.86 clearances per 90 minutes. Bellerín has outshone both Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic and PFA Team of the Year 2013/14 right-back Séamus Coleman of Everton this season. Ivanovic has 1.09 interceptions and 4.3 clearances while Coleman has 1.15 and 3.66.

Why Arsenal keeper Ospina is giving Szczesny NO CHANCE

I know that it is still a bit too early to really judge just how good the Arsenal and Colombian international keeper David Ospina is going to be in the English Premier League, or even whether he is going to continue to keep out our long standing number one Wojciech Szczesny.

But how often do we hear people say that it takes time for players to get used to the rough and tumble of football in England? So maybe we should give some more credit to Ospina for the way that he has hit the ground running, just as the TV pundits and fans have been raving over Alexis Sanchez.

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?