Sunday, 31 July 2011

Gael Clichy 2010/2011 - Farewell

Season Stats

40 starts + 4 sub apps
1 goal
2 assists
1 key pass

Premier League Stats

90 tackles won (81% success)
-Highest of PL defenders, 4th highest overall (111)

3.2 interceptions per game
-3rd highest of PL defenders, 4th highest overall (3.6)

0.8 opposition dribbles allowed per game
-Highest of Arsenal defenders (Koscielny 0.5)

51% aerial duel success rate
-3rd highest of Arsenal fullbacks (Sagna 67%, Gibbs 55%)

0.6 chances created per game
-2nd highest of Arsenal fullbacks (Sagna 0.7)

0.5 accurate crosses per game
-2nd highest of Arsenal fullbacks (Sagna 1.0)

High point

Set up an 88th minute winner at home to West Ham in the league, ending an afternoon of frustration for the Gunners. Having cut inside his marker from the left flank, the Frenchman delivered a teasing right-footed cross onto the head of the lurking Alex Song to send the Arsenal fans into raptures.

Low point

At fault for Shakhtar's winning goal in Arsenal's 2-1 loss in the Champions League group stage, a result which ultimately would cost the Gunners top spot. From a seemingly routine clearance situation on the left flank, Clichy managed to gift the ball to Darijo Srna, who crossed for Gunners' old-boy Eduardo to score.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Manuel Almunia 2010/2011

Season Stats

13 starts + 1 sub app
16 goals conceded
4 clean sheets
40 saves

Most saves in a game: 8 - Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (CL)

High point

In the FA Cup 4th round tie against Huddersfield, kept out a header from Alan Lee with a world-class fingertip save following an acrobatic dive.

Low point

Heavily at fault for the 2-3 home defeat to newly-promoted West Brom, a performance which saw him lose his status as no.1.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

5 reasons why Samir Nasri isn't suited to the no.10 role

Given the recent injury problems of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, one of the major areas of concern for Arsene Wenger is who best to replace him with in his absence. A fair proportion of Arsenal's midfielders favour the role, and one such player is the twinkle-toed Samir Nasri. But does he have the necessary qualities to deputise for the Spaniard, in a role that requires tremendous creativity and vision? Here are 5 reasons why I believe he's ill-suited to the position, demonstrated with the following video:

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Bacary Sagna 2010/2011, Part 1

Highlights of Mr. Consistent from August til December:

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Cesc Fabregas 2010/2011, Part 2

Highlights of the captain from the middle third of the season: