Thursday, 11 August 2011

Alex Song 2010/2011, Part 2

Season Stats

39 starts + 3 sub apps
5 goals
3 assists
7 key passes

Premier League Stats

79 tackles won (77% success rate)
-11 highest in league; 2nd highest at Arsenal (Clichy 90)

48% aerial duel success rate
-3rd highest of Arsenal midfielders (Rosicky 63%)

2.6 interceptions per game
-Highest of Arsenal midfielders; 4th highest at Arsenal (Vermaelen 3.6)

2 clearances per game
-Highest of Arsenal midfielders

0.4 shots blocked per game
-Highest of Arsenal midfielders

2.2 fouls per game
-Highest at Arsenal

0.9 opposition dribbles allowed per game
-4th highest of Arsenal midfielders (Denilson 1.6)

1 chance created per game
-8th highest at Arsenal (Fabregas 2.9)

1.1 successful dribbles per game
-5th highest at Arsenal (Diaby 2.3)

2 times dispossessed per game
-4th highest at Arsenal (Fabregas/Nasri 2.4)

High point

Grabbed a late headed winner against a stubborn West Ham side at the Emirates, after a good all-round display in the box-to-box role. Having started the move by spreading the ball out wide, Song made what was to become a trademark surge into the box, and nodded in Clichy's inswinging cross to the delight of Arsenal fans.

Low point

Sent off away at Sunderland in the league, forcing Arsenal to (unsuccessfully) defend an aerial onslaught with 10 men for the remainder of the match. Although the yellows seemed harsh, Song's habit of persistently conceding niggling fouls finally caught up with him, and Arsenal caved in when a high ball into the box in the 5th minute of stoppage time wasn't dealt with adequately.