Aug 25

Vermaelen yet to give away possession this season

There may have only been two league games played this season, but even opposition fans have got to admit that this particular statistic is outstanding.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is yet to give the ball away in 180 minutes of Premier League football, with all of his 69 passes being to his own team-mates.

And before someone rubbishes the analysis, those passes haven’t been the “sideways” sort that Denilson has been critcised for in the past. As you can see from the Guardian chalkboard diagram below, Vermaelen has moved the ball forward on the majority of occasions, creating attacks and supplying the midfield.

” He started last season with four goals in his first five games and often charged forward to join attacks in open play. His confidence on the ball can be demonstrated by his passing statistics in Arsenal’s first two games of this season, against Liverpool and Blackpool. He has attempted 69 passes, and is yet to give the ball away,” said Guardian Football’s Michael Cox.

Check out the diagram below and leave your thoughts on the statistic in the comments section.

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32 Responses to “Vermaelen yet to give away possession this season”

  1. Ario says:

    Somethings gone wrong on the blackpool chalkboard, it looks on there like every pass was to a Blackpool player! Mouse over the recipients of each pass and you’ll see.

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  2. Larry says:

    AH…… Dont you just love Vermaelen? Quality player!

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  3. chris says:

    TOP player!

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  4. Ari says:

    Top player, Top Professional and the best CB in the prem

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  5. Toon livin' in goonersville says:

    Aye,
    He’s a top, top player, that’s why he’s in my fantasy team.
    All the best for the season, except v us, of course.
    If it can’t be us (which it can’t, right now) let it be you lot.
    Great ‘football’ team you’ve got goin’ on, best in the league.

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  6. Aziz says:

    Top player, definitely. But it is strange that I vaguely remember him playing a 40-50 yard cross field ball to Theo against Blackpool which doesn’t show up on the chalkboard!

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  7. Mohamed Zubairu says:

    When Wenger signed this player last season, many fans doubted his abilities because they hadn’t heard his name before. He performed so well last season and now has picked up where he left off. This term Koscienly comes on and we started complaining. He has began to exhibit his qualities. All of these should silence those Wenger critics who never sees any thing good in whatever he does. Let us trust our manager and team to produce something exciting this season.

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  8. ryan says:

    just a world class player, we must be thankful to have him. god knows why some are saying koscielny is not as good when we’ve barely seen him and he played really well in the only serious game he’s played. the lesson from vermaelen is don’t judge the player until he’s had a real chance.

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  9. Dan says:

    This is wrong. The second game (blackpool) aren’t Vermaelen’s passes. It doesn’t have the 2 cross field balls to Walcott and the pass details prove that.

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  10. Stoney says:

    Say we are champions league say we are champions league. The mighty spurs are coming to get you goons.

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  11. Gooner says:

    BEST DEFENDER IN THE WORLD!

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  12. Jaygooner says:

    Troll on Stoney. Ledley King and the rest of your crocks cant manage 3 games a month, see how you do with 3 high pressure games a week eh? Clueless spud.

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  13. Denis says:

    Denilson has a lot of quality and must not be criticised for direction of pass. Gilberto was in the same mould. He tackled and on winning the ball laid it off to the closest team mate (usually to the side). It is the defensive midfielders job. The offensive midfielder will pass forwards or create an attack.

    Vermaelen is a cool player with incredible thought. He positions and passes to perfection. His tackles are clean and precise.

    Wenger is the dream maker. He creates an environment of high morals, good diet, simple skills, precision passing and friendship. His method of coaching is impeccable and has proved to be successful.

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  14. Stoney says:

    Boo hoo Jay. Your comments are so cutting and hurtful. Of course you’re right. How silly of me. Jog on goon boy.

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  15. gooner49 says:

    Those stats are impressive. I really think Wenger should give him a go in midfield. One of the most vital aspects of midfield play is keeping and not giving away possession. TV has proved he can do that. He is also excellent in the tackle and can read the game well, making interceptions and well times challenges. We have also seen his goal scoring abilities last season. That goal against Wigan was a beauty and one which any striker would have been proud of. I would say TV would offer far more of a goal threat than Song, Denilson and Eboue and maybe even Diaby.

    The problem is he’s our best CB right now, but if Koscienly settles in and either Squillaci or Djourou have a good run of form it could be worth a try.

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  16. Bongo says:

    Jay you forget spurs have Gallas now, remember how impenetrable our defence have been the past couple of seasons with him in it?

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  17. daemon says:

    lol, i heard spur still need to learn the rules of da champions league

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  18. AD says:

    You believe or not he is my number one player in the squad. He has a big wining sprit. But we don’t have quality full back (clichy and sagha) for current modern football so we have to think about it.

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  19. JM says:

    Desperate to revel in his first European top-league appearance since 1961, the Tottenham Hotspur fan goes on to an Arsenal blog to suck up every second of his giddy excursion.

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  20. salu says:

    what the hell is a yid doing here? go back kid n enjoy your 5 seconds of glory

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  21. Stoney says:

    You’re running scared. We’re the big dogs now. Go back to saff landan. In fact, keeping going south, you’ll be in France where all your team come from.

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  22. the_dudeee_has_arrived says:

    let the spud have his moment of glory coz they’ll be embarressing for the premier league in the champions league when they fail to win a single match

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  23. Ehsan says:

    Did anyone look at our young squad, the tons of potential is immense this is our under squad
    Sczcezny
    Eastmond-nordveit-Bartley-Gibbs 
    Frimpong(Lansbury)
    Wilshere-Ramsey
    Walcott-JET-vela

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  24. Ehsan says:

    Did anyone look at our young squad, the tons of potential is immense this is our under 21 squad
    Sczcezny
    Eastmond-nordveit-Bartley-Gibbs 
    Frimpong(Lansbury)
    Wilshere-Ramsey
    Walcott-JET-vela

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  25. stretch007 says:

    impressive even for a No 10. heard the gaffer say we have completed the squilacci deal @chris any bids for taylor?

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  26. Angry fan says:

    Right I’m only gonna say this once. If wenger doesn’t sign a goalkeeper before the transfer window shuts. I will be making noises to get wenger sacked. It’s a joke that he hasn’t sorted this out already. I’m so angry that he hasn’t.

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  27. Tw says:

    Sign a keeper wenger… Give me’ strength.. Had enough of almunia and ‘fab’ianski

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  28. davepain says:

    @Stoney:
    Not with the group you have

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  29. WillyG says:

    Draw vs Shaktar…….A nice chance to give Eduardo a proper farewell :-) Dudu Dudu Dudu

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  30. pastaface says:

    I don’t get it, I just don’t understand. If Spurs fans hate us that much why are they always on our forums?

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  31. john jenson says:

    sideways passing ie denilson and gilberto is where the comparsion ends between them too .

    comparing them as players in the game would be like comparing David Ngog to Robin Van Persie

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  32. fraster says:

    one of our world-class players, besides Cesc…

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