Is this Arsene’s last chance?

Is this Arsene’s last chance?
Feb 21, 2016

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While there’s still three months to go until a new Premier League team will be crowned Champions of English Football, it’s somewhat enthralling to predict likely outcomes in a season that is, well; unpredictable. If, at the start of the season you decided to stick’ £10 on Leicester to be top of the league by Christmas (only two people in the world did this!).. You would be £5000 richer.

Arsenal remain second favourites to win the title, only fractionally behind Manchester City in the betting, and yet based on their performance over the first 23 matches, they are on course to finish with just 73 points. 73 points has never been enough to win the Premier League. Arsenal also finished with 73 points in 2013, and the tally was only good enough for fourth place, 16 points behind the champions – Manchester United. In 2008, when the strength of the Premier League could be gauged from the fact that it supplied three of the four teams in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Arsenal finished third with 83 points.

In fact, Arsenal have finished with more than 73 points in 10 of Arsene Wenger’s 19 seasons at the club. This season’s title contenders are also on course to finish with 61 goals, their lowest tally since 1999.

With three+ key players returning from the ridiculously high injury rate and Mesut Ozil in the form of his life, Arsenal will look to cause an upset vs. European Champions Barcelona on 23rd February.

The Gunners have lost just three times when Coquelin has been in the side this season and his return will be a big boost for Arsenal’s defensive solidity. New boy Elneny boasts the 4th highest passing accuracy in Europa (92.4%) & the 2nd highest passing per game within an average of 92. Cazorla was at the centre of creativity last season, finishing 3rd overall with 11 assists – (Ozil already has 17).

Stats so far:
Goalscorer: Olivier Giroud (12 goals)

Assists: Mesut Ozil (17 assists)
Ozil is currently the most creative player in Europe. The German is 6 assists ahead of second place Di Maria (11). Ozil is currently the most creative player in Europe. The German is 6 assists ahead of second place Di Maria (11).

Top 5 European Leagues:
1) OZIL – 17
2) DI MARIA – 11
3) DE BRUYNE – 9
4) NEYMAR – 9
6) SOLDADO – 8
7) BALE – 8
8) ARAÚJO – 8
10) SILVA – 8

Highest Pass Accuracy: Coquelin (91% Pass Accuracy with 507 Comp. Passes)
Highest Shot Accuracy: Özil (63% Shot Accuracy with a Total 26 Shots)
Most Completed Passes: Özil (1113 Completed Passes with an 87% Pass Accuracy)
Most Chances Created: Özil (87 Chances Created: 16 Assists and 71 Key Passes)
Most Cards: Cazorla (3 Yellow Cards and 1 Red Cards)

With the recent confirmed appointment of Guardiola to City and the highly anticipated speculation of Mourinho to United, is this Arsene’s last chance in Management to win the title? Let me know your thoughts.

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