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Guard of Honour to Robin Van Persie!

No.20 leads United to their 20th title

He left Arsenal last year for 24 million pounds and joined United with the ambition of winning a trophy. He refused to take more money and join Manchester City.

He went on to score 24 goals leading the league for top-scorers and assisting in 8 goals.

So the Gunners will have to give a guard of honour to the 2013 champions when they visit the Emirates next sunday.


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Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal, last year same fixture

A certain Robin destroyed Chelsea at bridge

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January 18, 2013 · 22:48

Some Opta stats of the season so far…

7 – Per Mertesacker has made more last man saving tackles than any other player in the Premier League

Per  - last man saving tackle

Per – last man saving tackle

71% – Manchester City have scored the highest % of second half goals in the Premier League this season

18 – Robin van Persie has been involved in more goals (scored 12, assisted 6) than any other player this season

Van Persie - Rampant

Van Persie – Rampant

6 – Of the nine penalties missed this season, six have been by the top four teams (Man Utd 3, City, Chelsea & Arsenal 1 each)

125 – 125 of the 501 Premier League goals scored this season have been own goals or come directly from errors

66 – The number of goals scored from outside the box in the 2012-13 Premier League with Chelsea & Spurs (6) leading the way

40% – Norwich City have scored the highest percentage of headed goals in the 2012-13 Premier League

4 – Liverpool have benefited from the most own goals scored by opponents this season

109 – F.Torres has scored every 109 mins on average in the PL under R.Benitez, compared to a goal every 279 mins under other bosses

25 – Man Utd’s total of 25 goals conceded is the highest by the team top of the PL at Xmas since Norwich in 1992-93 (34)

8 – Of the last 18 Premier League games to see a team score 6+ goals, Chelsea are responsible for eight of them

13 – Michu has now equalled Sergio Aguero’s record of 13 PL goals before Xmas by a foreigner in their debut PL season

Michu - Value for money

Michu – Value for money

82 – Robin van Persie now been involved in 82 goals (60 goals, 22 assists) in 81 PL appearances since the start of 2010-11

4 – Arsenal have won more penalties in the league this season (4) than they did over the whole of 2011/12 (3).




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April round up

Nothing was more dramatic than the two semifinals of the Champions League! And what a contrast both matches were. In the English Premier League, Arsenal had a mediocre April though we had a great start to the month. Personally Van Persie won two awards which he would cherish for his entire career.

Lets start with Arsenal. We started the month with a dominant performance against Man City. Complete domination resulted in an unjust scoreline of 1-0 though. What a great match that was and it almost put an end to Man City’s title aspirations. This match was followed by another good performance against Wolves away from home. Then came two under-par performances against Wigan and Chelsea. Arsenal had everything to play for against Chelsea but looked like they didn’t plan to attack.

Van Persie won the Professional Footballers’ Association award and the Football Writers Association award in 2012. It’s an irony that when he got the award, he had not scored in the last 3-4 matches.

Robin Van Persie with the 2012 PFA Award

And then lets come to the Champions League. Barcelona which started the tie at home with a goal deficit attacked from the whistle but Chelsea’s defensive strategy paid off. John Terry got sent off, rightfully so,but that did not deter the determination of Chelsea and they did not let Messi and co thread pass in the final quarter of the ground. I don’t know if it was anti-football, but it was quite boring stuff from Chelsea. The only thing that kept us (football fans) glued on to the TV was whether Barca could get a goal or if Chelsea can do a quick counter attack.

Dejected Barca; Ecstatic Chelsea

The second CL semifinal was quite a contrast and both teams played attacking football. But the big thing was how the Madrid players missed their penalties. And that too the most expensive footballers in the team – Ronaldo and Kaka.


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Arsenal @ Anfield in pics

It was a great match, Liverpool did all the playing against nd we did all the scoring. We scored three, from two chances that came at the opposition end and one that came at our end.

So we gained 3 points in a match where if Liverpool ended up winners no one would have complained. It was an important week for Arsenal as both Chelsea and Tottenham dropped points. Lets hope we end the season strongly finishing above the Spurs and Chelsea at 3rd.

Liverpool's best player was Suarez, but he dived to get the penalty

Arsenal's best player of the match Szczesny saves the penalty and the follow on effort from Kuyt

Koscielny had a decent match,but for this own goal...he could have done better

Van Persie heads in an immaculate cross from Sagna,1 chance 1 goal

Van Persie's second was one of his best finishes; beating Reina at the near post

Alexander Song once again gave a killer pass to Van Persie to finish off the game. This is not the first time Song has delivered an attacking option.


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5-2 against the enemy

That's how we celebrate winning against Spurs

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Van Persie 3, Ox 2, Arteta 1, Henry 1 – Blackburn 1

Van the man with the ball

In the end when we won this year, we won in style. A seven star performance though against a team with 10 men, but you still need to convert your chances. Great performance.

Ox is the new star and hope it is always on the rise. Way to go.

Correction-Title changed on 6 Feb to “Blackburn 1”


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