By Walter Broeckx
Having analysed the defensive midfielder I thought the next step would be the box to box midfielders. As they are called now. In my days these were just midfielders who run a lot, but that is the modern times for you.
I put Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in this category and added Oxlade-Chamberlain. Now I know that he usually plays more on the right hand side when he starts but I put him here because Wenger has said that his future is more in the middle and also because otherwise things get too difficult when I have to put him in with the other attackers.
|Aaron Ramsey||Jack Wilshere||Oxlade-C|
|82.5%||Passing accuracy opp. half||81.6%||78.5%|
|44.7%||Duels won %||52%||53.1%|
|18||Aerial Duels won||3||8|
|21||Aerial duels lost||6||16|
|46.2%||Aerial duels won %||33.3%||33.3%|
|62.1%||Tackles won %||80%||76.9%|
|334.8||Minutes per goal||366||1491|
|17||Total shots on target||8||8|
|30||Total shots off target||4||13|
|8.3%||Successful crosses %||–||19.4%|
So when we look at the total minutes played we see that Ramsey played most followed by The Ox. Jack Wilshere played only half of the minutes The Ox did and only one third of what Ramsey played. Thanks to that idiot from United that found it necessary to kick his ankle to pieces once again. It almost completely ruined Jack’s season that wasn’t too bad up to them I though.
Passing accuracy was the highest for Ramsey (86%) closely followed by Jack. The Ox a bit behind but that can also be down to him playing as a right wing a few times and a different position can have an influence. In the opposition half the numbers drop a bit but the order of the players does not. Ramsey the best with a very respectable 82.5%.
When we look at the duels won in percentage terms we see that the order is reversed. This time The Ox has the best score (53,1%) with Jack very close behind him. Ramsey almost 9% behind The Ox in this stat. So it looks that The Ox is the best in duels of these players. I must say a bit of a surprise for me. But good for The Ox of course.
When we look at the aerial duels we see that Ramsey is way above the rest. With head and shoulders one could say. In all meanings. Ramsey being bigger makes it easier of course to win those duels. And so he scores 46% and the others only 33.3%.
When it comes to recoveries we see that Jack has the best score with around seven recoveries per 90 minutes. Ramsey has one less and The Ox has two less recoveries per 90 minutes than Jack.
Looking at the tackles we see that again Jack has the best score. He won 80% of his tackles. Not that he tackles that much but when he does he usually comes out as the winner. The Ox has a score of 76.9%. Ramsey a bit behind the two with only a 62.1% successful tackles made over the season.
Judging the clearances made by these three players we see that Ramsey has made the most of them this season. Jack and The Ox not that good in clearing a ball in our own penalty area it seems.
The score for the interceptions that The Ox won is just in front of Aaron. Not much difference between the two players. Jack limping a bit behind on this.
When we look a the fouls sustained and made we see that The Ox is the only one that committed more fouls than he was fouled. But with the way the PGMO judge Arsenal players this could be just down to bad refereeing. What is a worry is that Arsenal players are booked quickly. Both Ramsey and The Ox get a booking every 3-4 fouls they commit. The situation for Jack is even worse. He gets a yellow card every 2.5 fouls. Yet when he gets kicked off the field it isn’t even called a foul or a card is given….. oh well…
Let us move on to the more attacking stats: goals and how long it takes to score. Ramsey scored a goal every 334.8 minutes. Jack was second with a goal every 366 minutes. The Ox is still not scoring enough. Only one goal in the PL, albeit an important one. But this is really amazing for me; why The Ox doesn’t score more goals. But as he is young this still can come of course.
When we look at the shooting accuracy we see that Jack has the best shots on target ratio with 66%. The Ox and Ramsey way behind with a score between 38 and 36%. Some shooting practice maybe before next summer might be on the cards. Ramsey can do better as we know from the season before. The others must up their scoring rate.
The Ox is by far the best crosser of the ball of the three of them. Probably because he has been playing on the right a bit more than the others. But the percentage of successful crosses are way too low for all of them. Going from 19.4% to 0%.
Ramsey had 6 assists last PL season and Jack and The Ox each one. Also something that should be better next season.
And when it comes to creating chances we see that each of the players create more than 2 chances per match. So the low numbers of assists might be more down to the other players not finishing the given chances.
All three players were not involved in penalty incidents. They didn’t caused one or didn’t get one at the other end.
So who was best? Well that is difficult to say as they all were best in some things and dropped points in other things. But looking at those stats and looking at the differences I think it might help Wenger in thinking which team to pick for a specific match.
My prediction for the future: I think these three players are all vital for the future in the next few seasons. Each with their qualities and things they can improve on. I think there still might be some room for improvement with all the players from this article. It will be down to them to work on their weaknesses and the one that can do this best will be the one that gets more matches. And hopefully fewer injuries.