Four BIG stats show Arsenal on for EPL title win

Football is a team game and having a squad of players that will fight for each other and have the right blend of attacking and creative flair with a solidity in defence is hugely important to achieving success. That is even more true when you are looking at what it takes to win the long haul that is the race for the Premier League title.

Having said that, the ability and influence of individual players can be crucial as well, as can be clearly seen with even the biggest clubs in the world like Barcelona and Real Madrid, neither of which does half as well when they are missing their star men Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

After years of struggling financially and losing our best players to rival clubs, Arsenal are now building a very strong team and we have some exceptional players as well. Looking at the EPL stats on the website, you can see that the Gunners have three of the best players in the league in the key categories of scoring, assisting and tackling.

Alexis Sanchez is the joint second scorer in the league behind Leicester City´s Jamie Vardy and when you consider that the Arsenal forward only got going in recent weeks after looking jaded from his Copa America heroics and with Giroud, Walcott and others getting among the goals as well, Arsenal are looking super strong in this part of the game.

Then you have Mesut Ozil as the joint top assist maker with David Silva and a Metro report goes further by adding the amount of key passes and chances created to show the German is out on his own as the best number 10 in the Premier League right now.

The third category is called top tacklers and there is no Arsenal player on that front page, but when you look at the full ranking you will see Francis Coquelin at number nine. However, this is mainly because it is only the tackles that are used and it is a cumulative score with Coquelin having played a lot fewer minutes than the players above him.

When you add in the other factors like take ons and aerial duels to get the total, only the defenders Amavi of Aston Villa and Pieters of Stoke have more than the Gunners midfielder. And when you look at the success rate you see that Coquelin is winning a higher percentage of his tackles and take ons than any other.

The fourth category which does not have a chart on the website but is just as important is the goalkeeper so for good measure I used the Squawka stats comparison tool to compare the Arsenal number one with the other top performing keepers in the EPL; Boaz Myhill, Joe Hart, Hugo Lloris and Heurelho Gomes.

Guess what Gooners? That´s right, Cech comes out on top with a total score almost three times that of the West Brom player and almost twice that of the Man City man. He also makes more saves per goal than any of the others, so do these four stats show that Arsenal have the individuals as well as the whole team blend to power on and lift the Premier League trophy next May?

Tags Alexis Cech Coquelin Ozil


  1. i had a daydream today

    we beat bayern 2-1 ….per mertesacker runs onto the pitch n holds me..wait why am i there?
    anyway we get battered in first half an are one down to a gotze thunderbolt
    then sanchez an ramsey come back in the second half to gain us famous win.

    in the post match interview bellerin starts rappin about living in the hood…then admits his ‘hood’ is attached to his jumper..then speeds off in the dolorean …

      1. look, what is this – an inquisition! if u must know-
        we were both galopping towards each other in slow motion on a emirates pitch filled with daisies

        1. We are nowhere near a title winning team.
          We are still 3 players short unless the likes of Ramsey, Oxlade, Giroud step up their game

          1. Actually Walcott Ramsey giroud and ox … The guy is right Alexis is a revelation unfortunately our actual strikers have scored fewer pl goals than him combined!! Ozil is world class … Only idiots doubt that .. along with santi and cech …. Kos and Gabriel are more than adequate and coquellin bellerin and wilshere all moving in the right direction if injury free .. But that means we are still. 2 to 3 top quality players short … Let’s just see what happens tomorrow .. Confidence is high injuries at a minimum so no excuses and it is as good a test of where we stand against the really top clubs as we could get

  2. Another BIG stat!

    We’re only one injury away from our whole season collapsing because Wenger refused to strengthen the outfield. If only Wenger had some money to spend…

  3. This team can beat anyone.
    We just haven’t take all the games seriously. …we have to respect the rival and then beat them….impossible the other way around

  4. Arsenal 5 – Bayern 1

    After Arsenal going 1 -0 down, a half time substitution leads to this:

    Giroud 50

    Giroud 51

    Giroud 54

    Giroud 56

    Giroud 59

  5. Listen Baby Please

    They must stay healthy or these stats are meaningless

    Lets hope that our squad doesn’t suffer any serious injurieeeeees, baby pleeeeease

  6. It is expedient that we don’t get ahead of ourselves. One slip and we go back to our whining selves.

    Tomorrow we play Lewandowski, God help us.

  7. Win against Bayern is a must.
    I will be less pissed if we manage to crash out of the group over coming third and play Europa every thursday.

  8. Listen Baby Please

    There has been an awakening
    Have you felt it?
    The darkside: (Bayern)
    The Light: (Arsenal)

    Arsenal 3-1 Bayern

  9. 3rd and Europa is better than no Europa.

    At least in Europa our reserves can get game time
    Ox, Arteta, Gibbs, Chambers etc

    1. I actually don’t like the sound of Coquelin scoring except he does a Charlie Adam from the Centre line, I’m not comfortable seeing Le Coq pushing anywhere beyond the halfway line, hell, I’d rather have Cech in the opponent’s box. For every potential goal a DM would score, we potentially expose ourselves to conceding three.

  10. Bob, to say the least, Arsenal are not yet fully there in terms of capacitive operating strength as they are still at the AMOLED level. But as they graduate to Super AMOLED level during the winter campaign when Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck would have been back and 1 or 2 top quality additions are added to the team by the Boss, the Gunners will totally become unstoppable by any of their title rivals as they cruise home with the Premier League title in May next year.

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