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Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season


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By Celine Dion
June 23 2012

Well, I’m sorry it has taken so long to generate this piece of work, but as you know by now, the Arsenal Times Survey is the centrepiece to the football calendar, and the statistical analysis that goes into it takes many weeks if not months of meticulous activity, round the clock, by a specifically hired team of er, statistical analysts. To be truthful the results have taken a long time because I have been sat in my front room watching too much horse racing and drinking Stella Artois.My report is slightly shorter than War and Peace, but of course far more interesting, so it will have to be divided up into seceral section. Nevertheless, without further ado, let us proceed with the results and section 1.

Arsenal Player of the Year

Well, I think we all know the answer here, and there really isn’t much to be said. He single handedly carried us through the season, he scored most, if not all of our goals - ‘when he wanted’ indeed, he set up the ones he didn’t score, he probably washed the kit, drove the team bus, and gave Wenger his ‘brain pills’ as well. To add to his PFA and Football Writers Player of the Year awards, Robin Van Persie has therefore scooped the big one, the Arsenal Times Survey Player of the Year. He would have done an interview for us, probably, but he’s been busy appearing in the European Championships.

 

Arsenal Player of the Year apart from Robin Van Persie

Because I am an intuitive person, I suspected Robin might feature heavily in the main event, in fact he attracted every single vote, so I introduced this sub category, which was a bit more interesting. And a surprising victory for unassuming defensive mastermind Laurent Koscielny, who won just under 50% of the mentions, beating midfield goalscoring sensation Mikel Arteta who got 36%. Alex Song was 3rd, but way behind, with Walcott; neither gathered more that 10% each of your nominations

 

Arsenal Goal of the Season

First thing to notice here, in comparison with years gone by, was the sheer variation of goals that got a mention. For the last two surveys, there were normally a couple of forerunners, (unfortunately they were largely scored by Samir Nasri), but this year, there are a rich variety of wonderful goals of different shapes and sizes. As Robin Van Persie, for large parts of the season, had been conducting his own private goal of the season competition, I again introduced the sub category excluding his efforts, and indeed Robins’ goals do make up the top three. But Arteta got many votes in the main one, something which no doubt he will be very pleased with. Results are

1  Robins magnificent running volley in the 1-0 bore-fest v Everton (29%)

2 Robins improbable ‘FIFA2012’ side-footed effort in the victory at Anfield (21%)

3 Robins ethereal curler in the 5-2 victory over Spurs (17%)

 

Goal of the season excluding all Robin Van Persies

It was a dead heat at the top between Arteta’s astounding free kick at the end of the Villa game, and his rasping effort to see off Man City, with 26% each. As Flava rather bizarrely stated in his survey response (which is always worth a read, more of that later) – and I am sure he won’t mind me using his words here ‘That free kick stayed hit fo’ shizzle’. Sentimental types voted Henrys winner v Leeds in third, just ahead of Sagna’s majestic header against Tottenham. The Vermaelen winner v Newcastle also got mentions, despite being from about 2 yards out.

 

Arsenal Young Player of the Season

An interesting spread of votes, including one for Ryo Miyachi, who as far as I know, didn’t actually play for us. Carl ‘Jenko’ Jenkinson also got a nomination, in one that had me checking the strength of my drink. Onto the more sensible votes - Coquelin came third, Chesney a close second, but the magnificent OX ran in first place, with a good 45% of votes.

 

Most Disappointing Arsenal Player of the Season

As you know, I am a positive person, who prefers to concentrate on life’s many plusses, but draw upon the negative we must, in order to provide a balance to the collective summary of our season. And romping home in this category is the workshy Russian, strolling around in first place without a care in the world, with about 40% of the vote – Andrey Arshavin. Next comes our absent friend, no doubt reclining casually in an Opium Den as he reads this – Mr Hair Gel himself, Marouane Chamakh. There were several cheeky votes for dome headed shot-shy wing magician Gervinho, who I am afraid therefore comes in third place, and other notable mentions in this category go to Ramsey, and someone I thought might feature more prominently, Korean shirt-shifting sensation Mr Park.

 

Best Goal Against

Well, rather oddly, a lot of you have become so devoted towards Arsenal that it would apparently upset your delicate sensibilities to recall such dark events as someone putting a ball past Chesney, so despite the many wonderful varieties of goal against us last season, some declined to answer. Of those that voted, a narrow majority preferred Ashley Young’s screamer against us in the 8-2 Old Trafford debacle, to the equally scintillating opener for AC Milan by tattooed love machine Kevin Prince Boateng. Mata’s long ranger for Chelsea came third. Rather fantastically, Carl Jenkinson’s superb lob into his own goal in the pre-season friendly at Cologne also got a mention, which upon reflection should have been given more votes.

End of Section 1


Section 2 will follow tomorrow when your views on exciting topics such as game of the season, and atmosphere of the season will follow.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2012:06:29:18:48:52 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
Flava (IP Logged)
23/06/2012 17:32
Boateng's was rather good. The Jenkinsin lob is a genius shout, I forgot about that.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
23/06/2012 18:49
we should have own goal of season



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
Flava (IP Logged)
23/06/2012 21:40
We could rename it the Laurent Koscielny award. He likes an OG.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
23/06/2012 23:29
or two. He played well tonight



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
Shane (IP Logged)
24/06/2012 02:00
Indeed, what a good player.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
24/06/2012 13:38
Nice piece Celine. How did Arshavin only get 40% of the vote for most disappointing. Have you had the survey results properly audited ?

By the way I had an ethereal curler this morning but I put it down to 6 pints of real ale last night.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
celine dion (IP Logged)
24/06/2012 14:00
the best is yet to come here JonSammels. Theres pages and pages of this write up, which descends further into the realms of the absurd as it goes on. PP will put up a bit at a time.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
Flava (IP Logged)
24/06/2012 15:46
I can hardly contain my excitement. It's the highlight of my year.

I'm surprised Kos ran out such a convincing winner in the player of the year not called RVP award. I voted for him but thought Song would be more prominent in the voting.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
De Times (IP Logged)
24/06/2012 19:35
Song isnt flava cos just suddenly some people think that stupid m'villa is better. Song was however the second best player of the season ahead of kos. And how chamberlain did better than szczesny and coquelin tells you about the way the people on here see things at times.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
celine dion (IP Logged)
24/06/2012 19:41
You are right, De Times, but I think people see the word 'newcomer' when the question was 'young player'...

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
weedz (IP Logged)
24/06/2012 22:12
What DeTimes said.

 
Re: Arsenal Times Survey Results Players and Goals of Season
flynchstone (IP Logged)
25/06/2012 12:15
I don't think Coquelin deserved it more than Ox but no one deserved it more than Szczezny. Coq didn't play that often, because of injuries or because our players were actually fit, as for the Ox he was in the team for the second half of the season, of that half season that he played he probably started half those games and of those games he probably played well in half of them. By comparison with the two of them Szczesny played every single minute of the Premier League season, at the age of 21 as a keeper. He's been reliable and has saved us at times with some brilliant saves. He has made some mistakes but at his age they're inevitable and when you're a goalkeeper you're mistakes are far more costly. No one deserved the award more than Wojciech.

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