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Victory Through Harmony
By Walter Broeckx
Scoring goals the most important thing in football. Without scoring goals you just cannot win games. We could rely on other teams to score own goals as United did last season when the own goals was their second best striker. But we prefer to score our own goals ourselves.
So where do our goals come from so far this season? But I will not try to look at this in the most used way of goals scored. No, I will also try to see which player has the best goal scoring record compared to his number of games and also to his actual game time.
Take note that in the following numbers I took all the games in consideration.
|Robin Van Persie||8|
Well no big surprise here I would say. I think we all have seen that Samir Nasri was the best player we had this season and it showed in the goals he scored. I really think that he is having a year like Cesc was having last year. Scoring goals for fun and certainly for the fun of the fans. Also Walcott and Chamakh have reached double figures so far this season.
But now lets see how many games the players have played and how many goals they have made per game. I also included how many games they need to score a goal and made a ranking based on this criteria. For this table I counted all the games the players played in as a whole game.
|Player||Ap||Total games||Gl||Goal/game||Games needed|
|Robin van Persie||8+7||15||8||0,53||1,87|
So the player who has ended first in this table is Henry Lansbury. But as he only played one game this gives a bit of a false image. But I left him in but I do think you should ignore his position as he hasn’t played since.
Now after this you will notice that Robin is out of position in both league tables – appearing below the position his number relates to. This is because the table was drawn up before the Wigan game and then his numbers updated after that. I’ve left the position in to give a clue as to what a difference that performance at saturday made. You can see that prior to saturday he would have been in third place (leaving aside Lansbury) and now he is top.
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Before saturday we have again Samir Nasri in the “real” first place. He scores one goal in every 2 games he is playing this season. Not a bad return I would say. He surely is worth his money.
And shortly behind him in the table before saturday is Theo Walcott. He almost scores the same number of goals. In third place before Wigan, but now top of the league after that match we have Robin Van Persie who is just starting his season and who is starting to find his best form back.
And then we go one step further and I have tried to see how many minutes a player needs to score. The table above doesn’t give the whole picture, because a player could have 22 games coming on as a sub in the last 5 minutes. So it would be a bit unfair to this player to compare him with another player who has been playing 22 games for 85 minutes. So here is the table in which we tell you how many minutes a player needed to score a goal.
|Player||Ap||min total||Gl||Minutes needed|
|Robin van Persie||8+7||801||8||100.12|
And again we find Henry Lansbury in first place. But no offence Henry but I will leave you out of my comments.
Before Wigan we had in first place Theo Walcott. If you take the real minutes played by the players than it shows that Theo is the one who scores the most goals.
And then in second place we had Robin Van Persie – but now following that hat-trick he is actually top. Closely followed by Samir Nasri our overall top scorer. For the Bendtner dislikes also take notice of the high position we find our Danish player.
I also do have a feeling that Carlos Vela could be a good finisher if he would get a run of games. Let us hope he finds such a run at Arsenal or at another club on loan in the next months. Some have given up on him, I’m not one of them.
I think as we have scored most goals so far in all competitions we can be confident about our goal scoring possibilities. And remember that the players who needed the least minutes on the pitch to score goals have been out with injuries for a while this season. If we can keep them fit together with our top scorer from last season (Fabregas) who also have had his share of injuries this season, we should be able to score a lot of goals.
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