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.