The Premier League statistics for the 2006/07 season have been released and, as ever, they make interesting reading.

The 'Actim' stats are a collection of team, player and match data derived from all the actions that take place during a game including goals, shots on target, corners, fouls, offsides, passes, tackles, blocks and clearances.

The raw data illustrates exactly how effective teams are in one area of the game and also where their weak points lie. We examined the stats from an Arsenal perspective and came up with these 10 facts and figures:

1. If matches ended at half time, Arsenal would have finished the season in 12th place, just 10 points off the relegation zone and 28 points behind 'champions' Chelsea.

2. The Gunners were truly a 'second-half team', leading the rankings of clubs who were drawing or losing at half time but went on to win. Arsenal managed that on 10 occasions. Indeed, late goals at Emirates Stadium were one of the trends of Arsenal's season.

3. Cesc Fabregas was second only to Ronaldo in the table of assists. The Spanish midfielder created 13 goals, one fewer than the double Player of the Year.

4. No Premiership player took as many penalties as Gilberto. The Brazilian was not Arsenal's regular penalty taker when the season kicked off but ended up taking six spot kicks, converting five.

5. Arsenal cross the ball far less frequently than most Premiership teams. Emmanuel Eboue was the highest-ranked Arsenal crosser in 75th place with 35 attempts. Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing was top with 186 crosses.

6. Arsenal committed the fewest fouls in the Premiership. Cesc Fabregas led the way but he was back in 42nd place in that particular table.

7. Thierry Henry scored the third fastest goal of the season, netting after 59 seconds of the 4-0 win at Reading. Kevin Doyle of Reading scored the quickest goal, timed at a mere 22 seconds.

8. Arsenal had the fourth best defensive record in the Premiership and yet were only ranked eighth in clean sheets with 12.

9. The one Arsenal player to feature in the 'Actim' Team of the Season was Cesc Fabregas. The 20-year-old finished seventh in the overall player rankings and fourth in the midfielder rankings.

10. Gilberto was Arsenal's second highest-ranked player of the 2006/07 campaign. The Brazilian finished in 22nd place. Kolo Toure was 28th but was also the fifth highest-ranked defender in the Premiership.



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