In the third of our mini-series analysing Arsenal's top five players of the season, our statistician Josh James reflects on Tomas Rosicky's 2011/12 stats.

Tomas Rosicky made more appearances last season (38) than in any of his previous five campaigns.

One of the longest-serving players in the squad, the Czech midfielder started 25 matches, came off the bench a further 13 times, and was involved throughout the campaign, playing at least twice in each of the ten months of the season. He was an unused sub on four occasions.

His appearance data can be broken down as follows: Premier League 28, Champions League 8, FA Cup 2; and his individual playing record was W22 D7 L9 F69 A50 for a win average of 57.9 per cent.

Both of his goals came in home games, in the wins over Tottenham and AC Milan. Having missed much of the past few seasons with injury, his strike against Spurs was his first in the league for more than two years, while his Champions League goal against Milan was his first in that competition since August 2007.

An increasingly influential member of the team as the season wore on, he was on the pitch for 2,335 minutes (just under 39 hours) of 2011/12, which averaged out at 61.4 minutes per outing. He played the full 90 minutes 17 times, and captained the team to victory over Olympiacos.

As an illustration of Rosicky's growing importance to the team in the second half of the season, his average time on pitch for his first 19 games of the season was 45 minutes 29 seconds compared to 77 minutes 25 seconds per game during his last 19 games of the season.

To express it another way, between August and January he played 29.7 per cent of the available minutes, yet between February and May that rocketed to 81.9 per cent.

Rosicky also produced three of his five assists at the business end of the season – against Wigan, Stoke and Norwich. His longest run of consecutive appearances was 16 - between January 15 and April 8.

tomas rosicky, 2011/12 game-by-game
Competition Date Opposition Score Result Venue Goals Assists Minutes
Premier League 13/08/11 Newcastle 0-0 D A - - 84
Champions League 16/08/11 Udinese 1-0 W H - - 17
Champions League 24/08/11 Udinese 2-1 W A - - 45
Premier League 28/08/11 Man Utd 2-8 L A - 1 90
Premier League 24/09/11 Bolton 3-0 W W - - 9
Champions League 28/09/11 Olympiacos 2-1 W W - - 90
Premier League 16/10/11 Sunderland 2-1 W W - - 77
Champions League 19/10/11 Marseille 1-0 W A - - 90
Premier League 29/10/11 Chelsea 5-3 W A - - 11
Champions League 01/11/11 Marseille 0-0 D H - - 24
Premier League 05/11/11 West Brom 3-0 W H - - 19
Champions League 06/12/11 Olympiacos 1-3 L A - - 23
Premier League 10/12/11 Everton 1-0 W H - - 7
Premier League 21/12/11 Aston Villa 2-1 W A - - 24
Premier League 27/12/11 Wolves 1-1 D H - - 90
Premier League 31/12/11 QPR 1-0 W H - - 22
Premier League 02/01/12 Fulham 1-2 L A - - 25
Premier League 15/01/12 Swansea 2-3 L A - - 27
Premier League 22/01/12 Man Utd 1-2 L H - - 90
FA Cup 29/01/12 Aston Villa 3-2 W H - 1 71
Premier League 01/02/12 Bolton 0-0 D A - - 9
Premier League 04/02/12 Blackburn 7-1 W H - - 90
Premier League 11/02/12 Sunderland 2-1 W A - - 90
Champions League 15/02/12 AC Milan 0-4 L A - - 90
FA Cup 18/02/12 Sunderland 0-2 L A - - 37
Premier League 26/02/12 Tottenham 5-2 W H 1 - 90
Premier League 03/03/12 Liverpool 2-1 W A - - 90
Champions League 06/03/12 AC Milan 3-0 W H 1 - 90
Premier League 12/03/12 Newcastle 2-1 W H - - 76
Premier League 21/03/12 Everton 1-0 W A - - 88
Premier League 24/03/12 Aston Villa 3-0 W H - - 90
Premier League 31/03/12 QPR 1-2 L A - - 90
Premier League 08/04/12 Man City 1-0 W H - - 90
Premier League 16/04/12 Wigan 1-2 L H - 1 90
Premier League 21/04/12 Chelsea 0-0 D H - - 65
Premier League 28/04/12 Stoke 1-1 D A - 1 90
Premier League 05/05/12 Norwich 3-3 D H - 1 90
Premier League 13/05/12 West Brom 3-2 W A - - 45
TOTAL 2 5 2,335
Full season stats
STATS 2011/12 Career
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
League 19+9 1 4 78+40 13 14
FA Cup 1+1 - 1 8+4 3 3
Europe 5+3 1 - 24+7 3 3
Carling Cup - - - 4+1 - 2
Total 25+13 2 5 114+52 19 22

Behind The Numbers

Behind The Numbers

Behind The Numbers

Stats correct as at May 30, 2012. Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme. To subscribe, or buy online, click here.

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