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Gifolution: What is Arsene Wenger doing with Mesut Özil?

It appears that Arsene Wenger is determined to turn Mesut Özil into a left winger; is this really the best use of a player that has the creative talents and vision that Özil possesses? In this very brief post, I will use heatmaps derived from Opta data to look at the locations where Özil has received the […]


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Usage Rates: A Primer

    If there was one over-arching principle for analyzing soccer statistics, it might be “context is king.”  For example, Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna averaged 54.5 passes per 90 last year and West Ham’s Mark Noble averaged 53.2 passes per 90.  Intuitively, our first reaction is probably that both players exhibit roughly the same level of […]

Gifolution: Emmanuel Adebayor

Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor is a hugely complicated and talented player. Famous for rowing with teammates like Nicklas Bendtner, and managers like Andre Villas-Boas, the Togolese frontman is equally famous for being completely unstoppable when he put his mind to it. From Metz to Monaco, to Arsenal and Manchester City, then off to Real Madrid for […]

Gilfoution Heatmaps: Danny Welbeck: Arsenal’s Centre Forward?

It appears that it took an injury to Olivier Giroud for Arsene Wenger to realise that he needed to buy another forward.  Unfortunately, for Arsenal, it appears there weren’t any centre forwards available during this Transfer Window that ticked Wenger’s boxes. The catch is that not many of us know what those boxes are……..   […]

Into the Mixer – Digging Into the Summer 2014 Transfers

There was a wordy preamble here, but I currently live on a building site, and the electrician inadvertently fried my working copy, so now you are spared such madness before we dive in to the good stuff. Falcao vs. Welbeck – To the Pain! Regardless of whether or not it’s fair, these two men will […]

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