Stat Attack: Spurs vs Arsenal


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– Gareth Bale’s incredible scoring record went to eight in six games with a brace against West Ham in Spurs’ last league outing.

– Those were Bale’s 14th and 15th goals of the season, coming from 109 efforts at goal with 66% on target and averaging 7.27 shots per goal. Bale is only the second player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to pass 100 efforts at goal this season, after Liverpool’s Luis Suarez with 138.

– Gylfi Sigurdsson finally scored his first Premier League goal for Spurs against West Ham to leave behind his title of ‘most shots without scoring’ in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Sigurdsson finally scored on his 23rd Premier League appearance for Spurs, despite being the third most frequent shooter among the Premier League’s midfielders, having an effort at goal every 24 minutes 12 seconds.

– The goal threat posed by Spurs in the West Ham game is apparent when you consider Jussi Jaaskelainen was the busiest goalkeeper in the Premier League last weekend, making 12 saves.

– Kyle Walker has impressed at getting forward this season, and has completed 518 passes in the opposition half, behind only Leighton Baines and Glen Johnson in the EA SPORTS Player Performance’s full backs.

– Moussa Dembele, meanwhile, continues to impress with his link up play. Dembele has completed 570 passes in the opposition half, second only to Luis Suarez among the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index’s strikers.

– Two goals from Santi Cazorla were enough for Arsenal to beat Villa 2-1 in their last game. Santi’s six shots on target was the joint highest in the Barclays Premier League last season. The other player to test the keeper six times in the last round of games was today’s opponent Gareth Bale.

– Cazorla’s goals took his total in the Barclays Premier League to 11, one of 18 players and 7 midfielders to have hit double figures this season. Cazorla’s accuracy and chance conversion stats are almost identical to today’s headline grabbing opponent Gareth Bale, getting 66% of shots on target and averaging 7.8 shots per goal.

– The impressive Cazorla is also top of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for passes completed in the opposition half with 1036. His team mate Mikel Arteta is ranked third with 896 passes.

– Carl Jenkinson won 8 tackles in that game, a figure bettered by only four performances in the Barclays Premier League this season – Cabaye v West Ham (10), Leigertwood v Spurs (9), Noble v Sunderland (9) and Diame v Spurs (9)

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  1. Bragging aout Bale's scoring record is interesting. I recall Ronaldo holding a premieship record and champions league record in the same season of having the most shots on target and the most shots off target. It doesn't actually make you that good just because you score 15 goals from over a 100 shots. e scores one goal for ever 7.5 shots which is not a reat return. Walcott, for example scores a goal for every 5.6 shots. Poldoski is a goal for every 5.1 shots. Arteta is a goal for every 4 shots. I think you'll see that this makes Bale very inefficient but then why let the facts stand n the way of a good story…the media don't!

    I also note that you haven't mentioned the stat of who's had the most bookings for diving in one season in premier league histoy.

  2. Yeah that Bale would struggle to make the Arsenal team….

    You idiot – if Podolski were to increase his shot rate tenfold then maybe he would score more goals and you wouldn't be 4 points behind us & knocked out of every competition baring a miracle against Bayern…

    Can I point out that every team needs a star player. Take Man United they have a player called RVP who has shot them to the top of the prem league as he is surrounded by quality players. When at Arsenal you scraped into the champ league and won nothing as he was surrounded by shite…

    • Lol. Jealousy is not an admirale trait. Every season we hear this "we'll finish above you" nonsense. And just to try and improve your edcation, if Bale increased his assit rate nine fold he'd have as many assists as Poldoski……………


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