Premier League Weekend in Infographics

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistOctober 21, 2013

Premier League Weekend in Infographics

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    The English Premier League returned with a bang last weekend as 29 goals were put into the back of the nets across England and Wales. 

    The most dominant performance of the weekend came from North London on Saturday as Arsenal manhandled Norwich City by a 4-1 scoreline. 

    How did the performance of the Gunners and the other 17 clubs to take the pitch look in infographics? 

    Here is your look at 10 infographics to represent the nine matches played during the weekend in the EPL. 

David Silva's Superb Passing

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    In Manchester City's 3-1 victory over West Ham at Upton Park, David Silva ran rampant through the Hammers defense. 

    The diminutive 27-year-old Spanish winger provided an assist on Sergio Aguero's 51st-minute goal and he was repaid with an assist from Aguero on his own 80th-minute strike. 

    While he was tearing holes through the West Ham defense, Silva completed 81 of his 91 passes (89 percent). 

    Of the 10 incomplete passes that Silva attempted on Saturday, two came inside the penalty area and one came from a corner. 

Andros Townsend Continues Blazing Form

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    Andros Townsend has been the darling of the English media over the last week or so and he continued his blazing form on Sunday in Tottenham's 2-0 win over Aston Villa. 

    Townsend scored the first goal of the match in the 31st minute as his attempted cross found the back of the net after Lewis Holtby and Roberto Soldado failed to connect on the cross from the right side of the pitch. 

    In the victory, the 22-year-old England international attempted four other shots. One of those was blocked, one was saved and the other two were off target. 

Adnan Januzaj Disappoints Just Like United

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    The most disappointing home performance of the weekend came from Manchester United, who drew with Southampton, 1-1, at Old Trafford. 

    In the draw where the Saints drew late in the second half, wunderkind Adnan Januzaj failed to have the same impact that he had against Sunderland on October 5. 

    Januzaj, whose international status brought up much debate in the last two weeks, was fairly inactive on Saturday as this heat map dictates. 

    The 18-year-old was most active on the left side of the pitch, but he could only muster one attempt on goal as he completed just 74 percent of his passes. 

West Brom's Cannot Find Back of the Net in 0-0 Draw

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    The final score from Saturday's clash between West Bromwich Albion and Stoke leads us to believe that the 0-0 match was a drab affair. 

    However, if you pay attention to this infographic, you will notice that the Baggies had 12 attempts on goal during the 90 minutes of play at the Britannia Stadium.

    Of those 12 attempts, five were denied entry to the back of the net by Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic, while five more shots were sent off target and the other two were blocked. 

    The draw kept Steve Clarke's club near the middle of the table in 12th place with 10 points. 

Dream Start Continues for Mesut Ozil

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    There are no doubts in the minds of English football fans that Mesut Ozil has been the best signing of the summer transfer window. 

    In the Gunners' emphatic victory over Norwich City, Ozil scored twice and was a dominant force in the attacking half. 

    The majority of the 85 passes that the German midfielder attempted on Saturday afternoon came in the attacking half. 

    Just 12 of the 69 passes that he completed came in his club's own end of the pitch. 

Tiki-Taka Comes to North London

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    While we're on the topic of Arsenal Football Club, let's talk about the impressive first goal scored by the Gunners on Saturday. 

    In the 18th minute, Jack Wilshere had the honor of finishing off a spectacular run of play that mirrored something you would usually see out of the Spanish national team. 

    This infographic illustrates the number of passes that were made in close proximity to each other by Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud as the Gunners left the crowd at the Emirates Stadium in awe. 

David Marshall's Fantastic Blunder

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    And since we're on the topic of goals that left us in awe, let's talk about the howler committed by Cardiff City keeper David Marshall. 

    Marshall was acting out football's version of brisk walk in the park on Saturday afternoon as he coolly bounced the ball in preparation for a goal kick.

    Marshall's moment of peace was interrupted as Samuel Eto'o came up from behind to intercept the ball from the hands of the Cardiff keeper. 

    Eto'o was rewarded for his heads-up play with an assist as he provided a pass to Eden Hazard, who equalized the match in the 33rd minute. 

Movement of Keepers in Everton-Hull Match

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    Everton pulled out a 2-1 win at home over Hull City on Saturday in a match that saw Steven Pienaar score a 57th-minute winner. 

    While Pienaar was celebrated for his goalscoring antics, Toffees keeper Tim Howard was being applauded for keeping the Tigers away from scoring again. 

    Howard was very active in the region of the pitch near his goal, but he did not have to save a single shot as nine of Hull's 10 attempts were not on target. 

    Hull City keeper Allan McGregor was much less active than Howard, but he faced six shots on target. 

    This infographic does not show it, but McGregor was actually the more active of the two, but he was the less effective of the duo as he conceded once in each half. 

Swans Active in Midfield During Blowout Win

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    Swansea City cruised to a 4-0 victory at home over Sunderland with four second-half goals, two of which were own goals by the visitors.

    For the majority of the match, the action took place in the center of midfield as 53.84 percent of possession from both sides was had in that area of the pitch. 

    The Swansea midfield dominance was powered by Jonathan De Guzman and Leon Britton, who took control of the match out of the defensive midfield and propelled their team forward in attack. 

    Between the two defensive midfielders, they had 197 touches and a pass accuracy of 92 percent, which is the reason why the most active part of this heat map is where De Guzman and Britton were positioned the most. 

Newcastle Forced to Clear on the Back Foot

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    Newcastle United fought to a 2-2 draw with Liverpool as they played with 10 men for the final 60 minutes of their match at St. James' Park. 

    The Magpies made 41 clearances in their home draw with the Reds, with all of them from far inside their half of the pitch. 

    To put this statistic into perspective, Liverpool made 33 clearances on Saturday with nearly half of them coming near midfield. 

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