This week our statistician looks at Bacary Sagna's first 200 Premier League appearances.
Bacary Sagna became the 13th Arsenal player to reach 200 Premier League appearances at the weekend, and the first since Cesc Fabregas in January 2011 to the milestone.
"Sagna has been named in the starting line-up 70 more times than any other Arsenal player since August 2007"
Sagna made his debut on the opening day of the 2007/08 season, in a 2-1 home win over Fulham, and has averaged 31 games a season ever since. Despite suffering two serious leg injuries in the past couple of years, Sagna has missed just 53 league games since joining.
He started all but seven of his 200 games, and was taken off in just 20 games. That means he has spent 16,962 minutes on the pitch in total (an average of 84 minutes 50 seconds per appearance) which is more than 95 hours of Premier League action more than anyone else has played for Arsenal since he joined. He's also been named in the starting line-up 70 more times than any other Arsenal player since August 2007.
Sagna has scored four goals in his Premier League career to date, and contributed 15 assists.
Perhaps his most memorable goal was against Tottenham at Emirates to start the comeback in the 5-2 win in February 2012. He also set up the third goal that day for Tomas Rosicky.
Bacary Sagna record
According to Opta stats, Sagna has also delivered 838 crosses from open play (an average of 4.2 per game). Only six players in the whole of the league have sent in more crosses over the past six-and-a-half seasons.
Defensively Sagna's numbers are also impressive. Arsenal concede fewer than a goal a game on average with him in the team, and have kept 70 clean sheets in his 200 matches.
He makes an average of 4.8 clearances per game and 1.72 interceptions. In addition the Frenchman has won 297 tackles and has a tackle success rate of 73.9 per cent.
His disciplinary record is also excellent for a defender. He's been sent off only once, and has received just 19 yellow cards in the 200 appearances.
Sagna's overall record for Arsenal in the Premier League is P200 W113 D51 L36 for an average of 1.95 points per game. He is the 294th player overall to reach 200 Premier League appearances; Ryan Giggs leads the way with 630.
Bacary Sagna's Premier League stats
|Total minutes played||16,962|
Sagna is the sixth defender and the third Frenchman to play 200 times for the Gunners in the Premier League.
"Only six players in the whole of the league have sent in more crosses over the past six-and-a-half seasons"
Nearly half of the 13 players in this '200 Club' are defenders, and Sagna is still more than 100 appearances shy of the leading right back on the list - Lee Dixon played 305 times for the Club in the competition.
Patrick Vieira (279) and Thierry Henry (258) are the other Frenchmen on the list, and English is the only other nationality with more than one player represented.
Sagna celebrates his 31st birthday on Friday and he is more than seven years older than the last player to reach the 200-game barrier was. Fabregas was just 23 years and seven months when he completed his double century.
Overall Sagna has now made 266 appearances for the Club in all competitions, placing him 66th in the all-time list of appearance makers.
Stats correct as at February 12, 2014
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