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Arsenal

Arsenal v Chelsea Infographic shows 61% possession – Not enough!

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Arsenal 0 v 0 Chelsea Match Report Infographic Another disappointing result for the Gunners as the highly anticipated London derby ended scoreless, however a point is a point and Arsenal still remain well in the title race after a very difficult period. A series of bad calls from Mike Dean failed to hand Arsenal the [.

Critics of Arsenal’s win over Stoke are Out of Order

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Why Arsenal's win at Stoke was more impressive than the performance by KJ Sunday was a very good day for Arsenal, as all the fans that made their way to the Emirates (which has been a few weeks now) were able to witness a good 3 – 1 win against Stoke (who've started a rivalry [...]

Hard pre-season is conditioning Arsenal players for success

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It has been clear in both of the Arsenal pre-season friendlies so far this season, that the players were struggling to cope with the hot and humid conditions, and we have seen pictures of them using ice baths during training. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explained just how difficult it has been, but they all know that the suffering now should pay off once the Premier League season kicks off in four weeks.

Stats suggest that Arsenal may really miss Arteta!!

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The latest injury news for Arsenal is that Mikel Arteta is still likely to miss the crucial final game of the season away to Newcastle United. The 31-year old Spaniard is not a flashy player and does not really get the plaudits of the fans as much as the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, but he has started in more games than anyone bar Cazorla this season and done a great job for the Gunners in the problem position of defensive midfielder.

Arsenal MUST improve their shot ratio

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Any Gooner who watched Arsenal struggle against 10 man Fulham at Craven Cottage may be surprised at the staistics, especially the one that shows that the Gunners registered an astonishing 90 percent pass success rate, with 84 percent of their final third passes finding the target as well. Arsenal also made nearly three times as many passes as Fulham in the game.

Arsenal v Reading Preview, Prediction and Line Up

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Arsenal vs Reading preview, match line up and score prediction by KJ

It's been a long two weeks since the Arsenal last played and it was probably the worst time to get the international break. Arsenal were back to winning ways with back to back wins against Bayern Munich and Swansea.

Wenger – Arsenal were the much better team

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Arsenal suffered their third defeat in four games yesterday to leave them seven points behind Tottenham with just ten games remaining in the Premier League, and the Gunners now face an uphill battle to get back into the Top Four and qualify for the Champions League.

Spurs two goals came in rapid succession at the end of the first half, and were nearly identical in the way that Bale and Lennon beat the off-side trap, but according to Arsene Wenger his team should have already been two goals ahead at that point in the game.

Arsenal 1 – 0 QPR: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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As many suspected, Arsene pressed the SOS button and the cavalry was called in. Wilshere and Sagna were both drafted into the starting line-up in order to breathe some life into a struggling unit. It worked, probably not to the extent one would like to see but there was definitely greater thrust to Arsenal's play, but only time will tell if the cost is exorbitant.

Indefensible defence and a lesson in possession

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Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

Had Giroud not skewed a very decent chance to equalise wide in the dying breaths of the game yesterday, we might all be taking a different tack this morning. But it didn't happen and taken as a whole there's no getting away from the fact that it was a hefty bump back to earth.

Man City v Arsenal – The statistics don’t lie!

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Statistics from Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal by AH

On Sunday, Arsenal faced Manchester City at the Etihad which was arguably going to be the toughest league game of the season for Arsenal. The Gunners dominated in possession for a lot of the time and the statics show, that although we almost came away with nothing, we deserve much more.

Man City Review – Arsenal should have won it!

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Manchester City 1 – 1 Arsenal. A very positive result for the Gunners. by KJ

The game finished with a great result for the Gunners. I wasn't too optimistic about the fixture as City at the Etihad are a formidable force. However, Arsenal brought the game to Man City and were very unlucky to not have won it.

Visualized: Liverpool 1-2 United

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Previous Match Infographics: Manchester City (h), Arsenal (h)

This has been a less than successful series so far. And it seemed like such a good idea after the Manchester City match. My bad.

As with the last two, all data via StatsZone and Squawka, except for first half possession total from EPL Index.

59% possession v Abu Dhabi. Now for Coventry.

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By Tony Attwood

Arsenal went to the home of the champions a football club effectively owned by Abu Dhabi. We had 59% possession, used our third choice goalkeeper, played without our inspirational captain and got a draw. Not a bad result.

Next up we play SISU, the city council, the Higgs Trust, at least [.

Montpellier boss in for a shock at the Emirates tomorrow!

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Montpellier coach set to spy on Arsenal clash against Southampton by TS The Montpellier coach, Rene Girard will be making a journey to England this weekend as he intends to pick out any potential flaws in the Gunner's play when Arsenal clash against Southampton on Saturday. He is coming as the French champions look to [.

Rodgers Wants More Technical Players

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant Britain can produce players as technically proficient as their continental counterparts.
Rodgers has endured a difficult start to his reign at Anfield, with his style of play taking time to take hold at the Merseyside club.
The Northern Irishman places a premium on technical ability in his midfielders - describing Joe Allen and Arsenal's Santi Cazorla as "the two best players on the field, the two little guys, the technicians" after last week's defeat to the Gunners - but such comfort in possession is generally a characteristic more commonly ascribed to foreign players.

Impressive Stats from Liverpool v Arsenal

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Statistics from Liverpool 0 – Arsenal 2 Arsenal won 2-0 against a Liverpool side that certainly didn't live up to expectations as Brendan Rodgers' rebellion fell at the feet of the mighty Arsenal. Arsenal struggled in the opening 20 minutes, with Liverpool gaining the majority of possession; however we shut them out and then turned [.

Arsenal In Defending

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Has been a revelation so far

As the players depart for the international sojourn, we have an early break from the club matches. Not particularly ideal considering we are only into the third week of competition. Perhaps the bigger impact of the break is our form as the team seemed to be building up nicely and becoming more and more as a unit.

Arsenal v. Liverpool: Match Review & Player Grades

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Well, three games into the season and still not a single goal. Not a single goal conceded that is! For the third straight game Arsenal has held its opponent goalless. At this point last season, we had conceded ten I believe. Okay, so maybe we don't really need Alex Song in the midfield. I must say, I was impressed by how solid the team looked against what should have been a tougher opponent in Liverpool.

Podolski Scores In Arsenal Win

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Allen performed well in midfield...
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Liverpool lined up against Arsenal on Sunday with their two front men Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez, after the loaning out of Carroll on deadline day, these two men have the weight of the world on their shoulders as they are Liverpool's front line until January and they need to score goals.

Visualized: Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal

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Previous Match Infographics: Manchester City (h)

Well, I promised to do these comprehensive infographics for all the "big" matches. I guess I can't stop after one because the second big match went so comprehensively awful. And no, I still haven't come up with a better title for the series.

Responsibility, Teamwork, Goals – We could be onto something

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A trip to Anfield is always full of trepidation, despite Liverpool's recent decline, they are still a team that hold many dangers. If the Kop are allowed to get into the game they can be a telling 12th man roaring their team on. With this in mind Arsène Wenger and his newly arranged squad deserve a large amount of credit for making the game a very relaxed enjoyable affair for us fans.

Responsibility, Teamwork, Goals – We could be onto something

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A trip to Anfield is always full of trepidation, despite Liverpool's recent decline, they are still a team that hold many dangers. If the Kop are allowed to get into the game they can be a telling 12th man roaring their team on. With this in mind Arsène Wenger and his newly arranged squad deserve a large amount of credit for making the game a very relaxed enjoyable affair for us fans.

Champions League

How Wenger will set up Arsenal for 3 points in Dortmund

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After a rather comfortable win at home against Liverpool, Arsenal make the trip to Germany to face high-flying Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in a match which could prove pivotal in the Gunners' quest for making the knockout stages of the Champions League. Dortmund have won all eight of their home games so far this season [.

RODGERS NEEDS TIME TO BE A SUCCESS AT LIVERPOOL

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With the Premier League now firmly underway we are starting to see glimmers of what we might expect for the new season.

We should know by now that any early judgements we make are likely to be rubbished by Christmas, but there are signs of alarm for certain clubs.

Chelsea

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho opens up on his tactics for the season

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The likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle can expect to do plenty of running this season. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been talking fairly candidly about his tactical plans for the season ahead and it involves a trio of attacking midfielders working very hard as the first line of defence.

Video: Chelsea play piggy-in-the-middle with Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea have released a short video clip of a training session during their tour of the USA. Striker Romelu Lukaku is piggy-in-the-middle during this keep-ball exercise. The video stops at a key moment, but it looks like possession is about to be turned over.

Following The Money

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City had 71%possessionon Saturday. They attempted 23 shots to Fulham's 7. They completed 646 of their 726 passes. Fulham attempted just 276. If those stats aren't enough, the passing charts bear out the notion that this really was a match between the haves and the have-nots.

And so it is.

Following The Money

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City had 71%possessionon Saturday. They attempted 23 shots to Fulham's 7. They completed 646 of their 726 passes. Fulham attempted just 276. If those stats aren't enough, the passing charts bear out the notion that this really was a match between the haves and the have-nots.

And so it is.

philosophy

Why Do You Advocate ‘Possession’ Soccer?

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  • Some people have huge sample sizes and experiences spanning youth to international level play.
  • Some may have recently been introduced (or reintroduced) to football, say in the last 5 to 7 years essentially born into the Barca era.
  • Some have concluded it's a, or the, safe position to have when discussing the sport.

I Opened 101 Soccer Fortune Cookies For You

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One fortune cookie after another in my brain was just cracked open and its contents written down. Totally free-flowed and not second guessed.

  1. Winning is important.
  2. Possession is the optimal, if not the only, way to develop a player to their potential.
  3. Possession significantly increases your chances of winning consistently at all levels of play.

US Men's National Team

Figuring out the USMNT midfield ahead of Tuesday's showdown vs. Jamaica

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There was a time not too long ago when the U.S. national team enjoyed a wealth of midfield options and a lack of forwards. As the team heads into Tuesday's must-win World Cup qualifier, the Americans are faced with the opposite problem.

Injuries to Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan have exposed a lack of midfield depth and left Jurgen Klinsmann's team lacking attacking punch and stability.

Out of the Mix

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Being as Klinsi seems a bit allergic to playing central midfielders with possession/playmaking capabilities, I am here to provide him some antihistamine. It's a new clip of nearly every goal and assist notched by Mikkel Diskerud for club and country. I say "nearly" because it is missing one Stabaek and one Gent assist.

New England Revolution

Questions: Opposite directions in MLS

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For your post-holiday reading, Tony looks at Major League Soccer clubs going in different directions and if there is hope for the teams on the slide. Tell me something good about Saturday night's New England – Philadelphia game? Philadelphia completed a lot of passes and had lots of possession.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Union @ Revs

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10 games without a win. It's the easiest stat to dwell on. And it should be dwelled on. I think you know why.

But there are other stats from the match that are worth noting as well. From the run of play, for example, the Revolution and the Philadelphia Union were almost even in all categories except for two that stand out: Attempts on goal and possession.

The Rest

Confidence Can’t Be Coached – It’s Learned (and Earned!)

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One of the biggest challenges I had with my 96 girls team was getting them confident with the ball. They grew up playing soccer in a coed league and had very little confidence to possess the ball because they rarely had it in Rec. The boys usually controlled the ball and the game.

Reds Dominates Stoke City at Anfield, But Held to Scoreless Draw

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The Reds endured a frustrating afternoon at Anfield after were forced to settle for a goalless draw against Stoke at Anfield.

Liverpool were the better team for the majority of the match, dominating possession for almost two-thirds of the contest. However it was just the same old story at the end, a lot of possession but couldn't convert the chances.

Missing It: Columbus Crew 3, Philadelphia Union 2

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The Philadelphia Union needed a win in order to ensure their mathematical chance of making the playoffs remained slightly higher than 0%. But thanks to a poor first half and a missed offside call following a 2-goal Union comeback, the Union dropped all three points at Columbus and have been officially eliminated from the playoffs.

EPL: Fulham v Manchester City Highlights

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Man City dominates on possession and shots, but an early pk from Petric keeps the score line respectable for Fulham as Man City wins, 2-1 over Berba-less FFC. Video: fasthighlights.com

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Ivanovic & Ramires: An Effective Right-Sided Partnership?

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Balance in a team is very important, you need to be dangerous offensively but at the same time sound defensively in all areas of the pitch. Ramires and Ivanovic compliment each other's game very well when sitting deep and playing on the counter attack, however questions arise when we are in possession of the ball and the threat they carry in the oppositions half is tested.

Messi Doesn't Dive or Fall Down Like Everyone Else

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It looks like Messi's going to lose the ball but throws his body inbetween the defender and the ball and keeps possession.