With Arsenal 10 games into the season, our statistician Josh James takes a look at various top 10 lists from 2012/13 so far - using Opta stats.


Carl Jenkinson and Mikel Arteta are the only two players to have played every minute of Arsenal's Premier League and Champions League campaigns so far (810 minutes).

Including the Capital One Cup, the Gunners have played 900 minutes of action this season, using 27 different players. This includes six debutants, taking the Club's all-time total of players to represent the first team to 809. The debutants are: Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Damian Martinez, Martin Angha and Serge Gnabry.

Incidentally these six players have also taken the total number of non-British and Irish players to turn out for Arsenal to 116.

Five players have started all seven league games this term (Jenkinson, Arteta, Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs and Podolski) while just four (Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin) have appeared in all three competitions. Giroud is the only player to have played a part in all 10 games so far this season.

The 19 players who have appeared in the Premier League so far have spent an average of 330 minutes each on the pitch. Last season Arsenal used 38 different players and Wojciech Szczesny made the most starts (48 out of a possible 54).



Firstly, it's nice to have a top 10 list of goalscorers at this stage of the season - in 1993/94 Arsenal had just six different scorers in the whole of the league campaign.

The Gunners have scored 24 goals from the first 10 games of 2012/13 and the rate of 2.4 goals per game is higher than in any previous season under Arsène Wenger.

The goals have come from 10 different players - in fact there have been six different goalscorers in the last two games alone.

Gervinho leads the way with five (three in the league, two in the Champions League) with Podolski and Walcott netting four each.

Four of the players who have found the target this season broke their Gunners duck in so doing, taking the total number of overall goalscorers in the Club's history to 476.

Walcott is now on 46 goals for Arsenal, more than any other player currently on the books at the Club. He is also the 54th top scorer in Arsenal history.



Twelve players have laid on assists for goals this season, Giroud leading the way with four.

Walcott contributed his first assist of the season in the win over West Ham, taking his overall total for the Club to 51. That means he now leads both goals and assists for players currently at the Club.

Cazorla has two assists to his name, but in the seven league games alone he has created 26 goalscoring chances, second only to Everton's Leighton Baines (30).

Twenty different players racked up assists for Arsenal last season, led by Alex Song (14).



Arteta has excelled in a deeper midfield role so far this season. Indeed, he has won more tackles than any other Arsenal player (31).

The 24 tackles Arteta has won in the league is the second highest tally in the whole division, just one behind West Ham's Mark Noble.

Kieran Gibbs has won 24 tackles this season in all competitions (one every 32 minutes) and is the top tackling defender in the entire Premier League with 21.



Cazorla leads this category, with 23 shots in all, and he is joint fifth in the entire Premier League (20). Of his 20 Premier League shots, nine (45 per cent) have been on target, and two (10 per cent) have been converted.

Looking purely at the Premier League stats, Giroud has had the next most shots for Arsenal (16) which equates to one every 22 minutes on the pitch.

Gervinho's five goals have come from just 11 shots, five of which have been on target.



Mikel Arteta is streets ahead in this particular category, as he is for the whole of the Premier League.

In the first seven league games the Spaniard has completed 617 passes – that's 74 more than the league's next best, Yaya Toure (543). His passing accuracy rate (93.77 per cent) is also better than any other player in the top 50 for most completed passes in the Premier League.

In addition Arteta has completed 173 passes in two Champions League games, making 790 in all, meaning he makes a successful pass every 61.5 seconds in all.

Carl Jenkinson has completed 365 passes in the Premier League, more than any other defender in the division.

Overall this season Arsenal have completed 3,473 passes in the Premier League (out of 3,992 attempted), putting them second behind Man City.

In the Champions League Arsenal have completed 1,007 passes from the two games, placing them fourth behind Barcelona (1,624), Manchester United (1,191) and Bayern Munich (1,069).

Individually, Arteta's tally of 173 successful passes puts him second in the competition, behind Xavi (270), though Arteta does have a slightly better completion rate (95.05 per cent) than his compatriot.



There is nobody better than Arteta in this category either. It will probably come as no surprise that he has had the most touches of the ball so far this season - nearly 1,000 for both competitions.

The midfielder also leads the overall Premier League charts in this regard, from Yaya Toure (684) and Cazorla (675). Jenkinson (604) and Gibbs (556) are also in the top 10 for the league.

Ramsey's stats are also worth noting. He's taken 371 touches from 317 minutes on the pitch, which works out as virtually the same rate as Arteta (1.17 touches per minute).

At the other end of the spectrum, Szczesny took just 39 touches from his two games, the fewest of any player in the league with 100 or more minutes under his belt.



Arteta also leads another category - fouls won. The 30 year-old has been fouled 20 times this season (16 in the league), just ahead of Cazorla (18).

Arteta is not the most fouled player in the Premier League though, he is currently sixth in those rankings (led by Chelsea's Eden Hazard with 21).

At the other end of the scale, Arteta has also conceded the most fouls of any Arsenal player (20), twice as many as the next men (Vermaelen and Podolski).

The Gunners have given away very few free-kicks this season though. It's just 62 for the seven league games so far, the fourth fewest in the division.

In addition, only two clubs in the league have picked up fewer yellow cards than Arsène Wenger's men this season (six). At this stage last year, the Gunners had been shown three red cards and 13 yellows.


Stats correct as at October 10, 2012. With thanks to Opta.

Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme.

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11 Oct 2012