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  • The Underlying Stats Behind Arsenal’s Progress Under Mikel Arteta

    The perception of Arsenal’s season has changed dramatically in the past few weeks. For much of the campaign, they were heralded for their coterie of exciting young players who had been assembled, coached, and assimilated within an astute tactical framework established by their equally compelling and youthful head coach, Mikel Arteta.   Now, as they…

  • Data Analysis: Nico Schlotterbeck

    Perhaps no role in modern football is as difficult to perform as a center-back. For most teams, central defenders are the starting point of their attack and need to be accomplished on the ball both through dribbling and passing.   As more teams adopt high-pressing systems, they need to be capable of resisting pressure from…

  • Data Analysis: Albert Sambi Lokonga

    Top teams in the Premier League rarely purchase players from outside of Europe’s top five leagues. If they do, they tend to be young talents who go out on loan or develop in the academy system rather than players who move straight into the first-team squad.   Arsenal broke this trend when they signed Albert…

  • Data Analysis: Vinicius Junior

    It’s hard to imagine the scope and scale of pressure Vinicius Junior has had to face at Real Madrid. As an eighteen-year-old, he walked into the Santiago Bernabeu with his €46 million price tag looming large over him, a constant reminder of his status not just as an exciting young player but as the impending…

  • Data Analysis: José Mourinho’s Roma

    There is no manager in world football who causes as much divisiveness among journalists, pundits, and supporters as Jose Mourinho. His AS Roma tenure has only just begun, yet the narrative around his team has already swung one extreme to the other — from potential title contenders to underachievers who may struggle to qualify for…

  • The Ultimate Bundesliga 2021/22 Data Analysis

    The international breaks are an odd period in the football calendar, offering respite for some, monotonous friendlies for others, and career-defining qualifiers for the rest. Even in the world of sports journalism, the international break can throw a shoe-horn in regular plans, allowing individuals like myself to deviate from the normal schedule, and refine some…

  • Finding Arsenal’s Next Right-Back

    10 years after joining the club as a teenager from Barcelona, Héctor Bellerín is set to return to Spain as Arsenal look to cash in on the 26-year-old as he enters the final two years of his contract. Villarreal have reportedly thrown their hat into the ring and made an offer for him, with Unai…

  • Dani Ceballos — What Next?

    The boy from Utrera, Spain is nearing the end of his second loan spell at Arsenal, and Mikel Arteta now has an important decision to make regarding the future of Dani Ceballos. The young Spaniard is expected to return to Madrid at the end of the season, where he has a contract until 2023, although…

  • A Theoretical and Statistical Analysis of WSL Defenders

    The development of football as a sport has undeniably been enormous over the last century. Rules, tactics, infrastructure and various other aspects of the game have gradually evolved over time and continue to grow. And although it might not be the most historical on paper, the WSL (and hence, women’s football too) has also undergone…

  • Player Analysis: Antonín Barák

    When Antonín Barák arrived in Italy in the summer of 2017, it seemed that Udinese had discovered another hidden gem. A tall and slender playmaker who was languid in movement, the Czech international was not blessed with much speed, but he possessed clean technique on the ball. With the Zebrette, he scored seven goals in…