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  • Robert M Robert M Jan 23, 2008 22:06 Flag

    Arsenal's second team vs Chelsea's second team

    The fourteen players who played for Arsenal against Tottenham last night have an average of 782 minutes of PL football in them so far this season. That’s nearly nine matches each. Arsenal have a further nine players who have played an average of 1369 minutes each. Of these, three were unavailable due to the ANC and one is injured (I think). There are just four players (Almunia, Clichy, Flamini and Rosicky) who were available to play, play most PL games and were not played.

    By comparison the fourteen players who played for Chelsea against Everton in the first leg have an average 879 minutes of PL football in them so far this season. That’s nearly ten matches each. Chelsea have a further nine players who have played an average of 1129 minutes each. Five of these were injured, three were away on ANC duty, one was not selected.

    It appears true that Arsenal didn’t select their best team, if their best team is the players most likely to play in league matches. However, to characterise the Arsenal team as a second team whilst to characterise the Chelsea team as a first team is misleading – the stats show much more similarity than difference.

    The two numerical columns are PL matches so far in 2007/08 and PL minutes played. Figures from yahoo.

    Arsenal v Tottenham

    Sagna 21 1790
    Adebayor 21 1773
    Fabregas 19 1688
    Gallas 17 1465
    Hleb 19 1456
    Eduardo 13 729
    Gilberto 11 512
    Walcott 13 508
    Diaby 9 437
    Bendtner 13 260
    Denilson 6 242
    Hoyte 1 90
    Traore 0 0
    Fabiansky 0 0

    Average minutes played = 782

    Also
    Almunia 21 1890
    Clichy 23 2054
    Flamini 20 1788
    Rosicky 18 1340
    Senderos 6 540
    Djouro 14 1165 ANC
    Eboue 15 1039 ANC
    Toure 21 1890 ANC
    Van Persie 8 616 injured

    Average minutes played 1369


    Chelsea v Everton first leg

    Hilario 3 206
    Bridge 7 456
    Alex 17 1394
    Carvalho 11 929
    Belletti 17 1465
    Ballack 5 425
    Mikel 19 1346
    J Cole 19 1409
    Malouda 13 971
    Pizarro 17 569
    SWP 20 1249

    Sidwell 14 510
    Ferreira 8 502
    Ben Haim 11 883

    Average minutes played = 879

    Also:
    Cech 17 1504
    A Cole 16 1427
    Terry 11 1024
    Essien 15 1230
    Lampard 15 1285
    Makelele 8 733
    Drogba 10 807
    Kalou 20 1490
    Shevchenko 11 665

    Average minutes played = 1129



    Robert

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