Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Pulis: By the Numbers


Abbreviated BTN today because I have a Super Bowl party to attend

11 – Clean sheets by Arsenal (Top of the League – TOTL)
1 – Crucial save by Szczesny off a Jerome header to preserve that 11th clean sheet (TOTL)
10 – Clean sheets Arsenal have kept in the last 16 matches (since the clean sheet over Palace, in fact)
11 – Arsenal have not lost a match at home in the last 11 matches (all competitions)
546 – Minutes Arsenal have gone since last conceding a goal at home in League play
9.1 – Hours Arsenal have gone since last conceding a goal at home in League play
14 – Rosicky appearances for Arsenal in League play
10 – Wins by Arsenal whenever Rosicky plays in the League
55 – Key passes by Özil so far this season (second in the League)
55 – Points Arsenal have this season, after 24 matches
38 – Points Arsenal had last season, after 24 matches
+17 – Points Arsenal have improved over last season (we all just want improvement, right?)
47 – Goals Arsenal have scored this season
48 – Goals Arsenal had scored after 24 games last season
-1 – Goals Arsenal have  over last season
21 – Goals Arsenal have allowed this season
29 – Goals Arsenal had allowed after 24 games last season
-8 – Goals allowed Arsenal have improved over last season

Some comparisons:

Ox today v. Ramsey’s average

The Ox v. Rambo


Ox does everything Ramsey does, right down to the back-heel-passing-running-on-to-a-pass-from-Giroud-and-scoring-after-shucking-his-defender thing.

Giroud v. Chamakh

Giroud v. Chamakh


Eerie. But I don’t think Giroud is another Chamakh. Better hair for starters. Also, all round better effort from Giroud.

Arteta in the DM Role

122/127 – Passes (lead all players)
49/54 – Passes v. Southampton
28/31 – Passes in the CP final 1/3 (1 fewer pass than all of Crystal Palace)
7/10 – Passes in the Southampton final 1/3
2 – Key Passes
1 – Key pass v. Soton
3 – Ball recoveries
9 – Ball recoveries v. Soton
6/7 – Tackles (lead all players)
2/5 – Tackles v. Soton
1 – Interception
3 – Interceptions v. Soton
1 – Clearance
0 – Clearances v. Soton
1 – Foul
0 – Fouls v. Soton
1 – Clean sheet he helped Arsenal earn

Arteta really benefited from the energetic and attack-minded Ox in the Ramsey role. He also benefited from not having his midfield teammate sent off for a 2-footed challenge.

Arsenal first half v. second half

Arsenal first v. Arsenal second

After Arsenal take the lead they just turn into this barely recognizable version of themselves. It’s incredible. And it works. Arsenal go into their shell and still create chances. The announcers were praising Pulis’ tactic of trying to hit Arsenal on the counter, why don’t they also recognize Wenger for doing the exact same thing?



  1. It does not matter who praises Arsene Wenger from the press…it took them 2 years and 30 games to recognize that Per and Kos are the best central defenders in the league….

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    • Not to sound like a press sympathiser or anything coz i hate those fuckers but 2 years ago koscienly was not like he’s now. its been a process and he has reached the potential that Arsene saw in him. As for Per it was just a mis-conception coz apparently he was too tall.

      They have grown to be the best, they weren’t 2 yrs ago.

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  2. Ox’s direct play is what I feared would be missing in Wilshere’s absence. It’s pretty effective technique against tight defences.

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    • Do you smell what The Ox is cooking?

      Yo, finally The Ox has come back
      Layin down the smack on your monkey crap candy coated ass
      Enter the squared circle with the Great One
      Most electrifying moves, don’t change the station
      Children and their children, they all chant
      With the millions upon millions of Ox’s

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  3. I don’t care if the press don’t praise AW for his tactical brilliance. All that matters is come may we are crowned EPL champions (you can throw in C.L and F.A cup to), then they’ll say they predicted it.
    Also a known fact of life, John Terry is a cunt

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  4. Sky bloke: “now you can sit back relax and watch tomorrow’s big game”

    Ox: “who’s playing tomorrow?”


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  5. Lol, ox in this photo looks like Mike Tayson, and surely fought like him today and knocked the pullis tactic down, very nice .

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  6. Chamakh had a decent game. Pleased for him and his form this season. Hope he keeps the Palace up. Shame it didn’t work out for him at the Arse.

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    • I was pleased to see our supporters showing him some respect and affection, too. He came, he tried hard, he didn’t work out, and he left on good terms. Now he seems to be doing all right for Palace. As long as they don’t behave like cunts when they leave, I will always wish our former players well.

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  7. Great game from the Ox. Really good to see him getting on after his injury.

    Bit unfair to compare a half a season’s worth of magnificent stats from Ramsey to one game’s worth from Chambo, there’s that consistency thing we gotta talk about and not to mention the assist and goal ratio. But nonetheless its freaking awesome to see that he can fill in in the middle (read: no Flams-Arteta double pivot please) while Rambo gets back to full fitness.

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    • Wasn’t trying to be unfair. Sorry if that’s what people took from that. He’s a young lad and I think the stats show him in a favorable light.

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    • Also defensively Giroud and Chamakh had a similar match. In fact, it might be unfair to say that Giroud worked harder than Chamakh…

      Clearances: Chamakh 3-4 Giroud
      Tackles: Chamakh 4/5-1/1 Giroud
      Ball recoveries: Chamakh 6-1 Giroud
      Interceptions: Chamakh 2-1 Giroud
      Aerial Duels: Chamakh 3/8-3/3 Giroud
      Fouls committed: Chamakh 3-2 Giroud
      Fouls drawn: Chamakh 1-2 Giroud

      Huh… I think… I think Chamakh might have outworked Giroud. What do you all think?

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      • Chamakh was playing without the ball for 73% of the match, and I’ll bet his heatmap would show that he played in his own final 3rd more than anywhere else. He was basically a defensive player. Giroud meanwhile had the unenviable task of occupying Palace’s 4 central defenders, trying to create space for the midfielders to do something. Didn’t have to do much defensively because we always had the ball.

        Having said that, I remarked to myself how fit and hungry Chamakh looked. Much more like the player we thought we signed from Bordeaux. The move has done him a lot of good and I can’t say I can grudge him… though that lack of killer instinct is still evident.

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  8. Superbowl? Going good so far for me. Arsenal back on top. Seattle spoiling the broncos bandwagon party. And enjoying the food. Only downer, I hate how every American sport has to stop every 2 minutes for time out.

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    • Very simple really, we conceded a lot of goals in certain matches (6 @ city) and won by a fine margins in some other games.

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    • Indeed. The Man Schitty match was a freakish one-off where every time they touched the ball it went in the net. We certainly didn’t deserve to win that day, but we also didn’t deserve to give up six goals. 2-1 might have been a more appropriate score. And then our goals against would be 12 less than last year rather than 8. Keep in mind that if you take out that one match, then we’ve only conceded 15 goals in 23 matches. Our matured and impressive defence is the reason why we’re top of the table now.

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  9. In 2010 Giroud was still playing in Ligue 2, so abit much to hope he was ever going to be a World Class striker. But still, he works hard and contributes alot to the team, and a goal ratio at around 0.5 last season was decent.

    But so far this season he is down from 0.51 to a 0.44 goal ratio which i find more worrying than how he compares to Chamakh. His assist rate has also gone down quite alot since last season with 0.20 assists Per game, down from 0.33 Per game last season. Or 1 assist in 5 games down from 1 in 3.

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    • Looks like those numbers should be abit lower since i only did tye Math on tames started, and did not take in to account the games where he came on as a substitute.

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    • Actually, so far Giroud has better minutes-to-goal ratio than last year plus already have more assists than last year altogether (in BLP).

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  10. All hail the Ox – the difference between 1 point (and furious ranting by us) and 3 points (a whole lotta collective relief) yesterday…

    And with all due respect and admiration for OG for all the hard work he puts game in game out, anyone thinking we don’t deserve a better striker than him is absolutely deluded – the guy doesn’t get the basics right 9 outta 10 times.. And all his ‘chesting down’ thing seems to be gone too at the moment – a huge matter of concern…

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  11. Anytime one voice concern over Giroud, one is automatically downgraded in here. I wonder if anyone Else actually watch the games and follow the stats? One of Giroud strenghts which he is known for is his ability to win most duels he goes in to. For Montpellier he was top 10 in Europe by winning an amazing 77% of his duels his last season there. This season for Arsenal he have only won 47%. Which is down 6% from last season. So he effectively is more likely to lose duels than he is to win em this year. His goal average is also down, and his Assist contribution is vastly down. He also run’s less this season compared to last year.

    Yet if one try to point this out everyone gives you thumbs down. Have any of you seen Giroud play this year at all?

    Personally i believe it is down to him being untouchable up top and got no competition for his place. This is natural development when that is the case, Even though he dont mean to, it is easy to get complacent and not work as hard as you could have. With competition you stay Sharp, and at your best.

    Now i love everyone wearing an Arsenal shirt, and im not attacking Giroud as a person, and it must be allowed for supporters to voice their concerns over individual players performances without getting hated on. But it is Obvious we need anlther option up top. This will Benefit both the team and Giroud himself since he will get the competition he need to step up his game and do his best for Arsenal, which in turn will Benefit his chances at the international team.

    So win win for everyone. Now stop thumbing this down!

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    • Never mind the haters @Davy, those on Giroud’s side will soon be at his throat when the big games come, scrutinize every inch of his (obvious) lack of certain Arsenal basics (neat and accurate passing, close control, awareness and positioning)..

      But as I said I have the highest respect and sympathy for what he does as a target man but this “dip in form” and general lack of quality (vis-a-vis his teammates) is alarming as our whole entry into the final third seems to depend on him in tight games.. Sadly, it is not even all his fault though.. I’m irritated at Wenger not getting a companion striker for him to drag defenders around him – look at Llorente (who has Tevez) for example or Negredo and Aguero..

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