Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Team of the season so far: Cazorla and Mannone included

By Mugais Jahangir.
Santi Cazorla made it into the team of the season so far

Three weeks into the season, the transfer window is shut and the squads are fixed, at least till January. Many like to say that the season begins after the transfer window is shut. Of course it is not about transfers but the chaos that makes people believe so. Now we know what the teams are and without any further expectations of incoming players, we can cheer for our teams as they are.

Here are some key statistics from the first three weeks:

Matches played: 29
Goals scored: 85
Clean sheets: 16
Yellow cards: 73
Red cards: 5


Possession:

Arsenal: 61%
Manchester United: 60%
Manchester City: 58%
Swansea: 58%
Chelsea: 57%


Shots per game:

Manchester United: 18
Arsenal: 17
Liverpool: 17
Tottenham: 17
Everton: 17


We also have the team of the season so far (via whoscored.com):

Goalkeeper: 
Vito Mannone (Arsenal)

Defenders:
A. Rangel (Swansea)
G. McAuley (Swansea)
P. Jagielka (Everton)
L. Baines (Everton)

Midfielders:
N. Dyer (Swansea)
S. Cazorla (Arsenal)
Michu (Swansea)
W. Routledge (Swansea)

Forwards:
E. Hazard (Chelsea)
C. Tevez (Man City)


For Arsenal, it is a welcome sign. After all the criticism Mannone faced, he held on quite well for the first three games and he is ready to challenge Szczesny for his position. That is what we all wanted. However, Arsene Wenger still insists that Lukas Fabianski will remain as the second choice goalkeeper. Either way, Arsenal's third goalkeeper making it into the team of the season so far is good news. Another Arsenal player in the list is Santi Cazorla. No surprise there. Ever since his arrival at Arsenal, the Spaniard has caught many eyes. He is being constantly compared with Cesc Fabregas and is considered to be his proper replacement. He might even be better than Fabregas. The way he has played so far is quite sensational and it may prove to be one of the most prolific signings for Arsenal in recent years.


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