Henry v. van Persie: By the Numbers

Henry v. van Persie: By the Numbers

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I know that everyone is curious about the numbers from the Borussia game but truth be told I started looking at Robin van Persie’s scoring record in 2011 and.. well, I fell into a stat hole.

This started by simply dumping all of Robin van Persie’s matches for 2011 into a spreadsheet and then looking for some nifty facts. I did that and then I wondered how Robin compared to Thierry Henry’s numbers from the 2003/2004 Invincibles season.

Now, obviously I’m not saying that Robin van Persie is a legend like Thierry Henry. That would take multiple trophies and seasons of performing at the highest level. That said, the similarities in Robin’s form to Henry in 03/04 is pretty striking, I think you’ll agree.

Other Odd numbers from Robin’s 2011 run of form

15 – Arsenal wins when Robin scored*
6 – Draws when Robin scored
5 – Losses when Robin scored
6 – Wins when Robin scored before the League Cup final
1 – Draw when Robin scored before the League Cup final
0 – Losses when Robin scored before the League Cup final
9 – Wins when Robin scored after the League Cup final
5 – Draws when Robin scored after the League Cup final
4 – Losses when Robin scored after the League Cup final
8 – Wins when Robin scored this season
1 – Draw when Robin scored this season
1 – Loss when Robin scored this season
10 – Number of games where Robin has scored more than one goal
6 – Number of games this season (18 matches) where Robin has scored more than one goal
4 – Robin’s longest streak of consecutive matches scoring (twice)
2 – Robin’s longest streak of consecutive matches without scoring a goal (4 times)
1 – Red cards for shooting after the whistle

Compared to Thierry Henry from 03/04…

21 – Wins when Thierry scored
4 – Draws when Thierry scored**
1 – Losses when Thierry scored (@Dynamo Kiev 2-1 October 21, 2003)
10 – Number of games where Thierry scored more than one goal
2 – Number of hat-tricks (or better)
5 – Henry’s longest streak of consecutive matches scoring
4 – Henry’s longest streak of consecutive matches without scoring a goal (twice)
0 – Red cards for shooting after the whistle

*Just to re-iterate: these records are for all competitions, 2011 only
**The Community Shield match ended 1-1 and counts as a draw even though Arsenal lost on penalties

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