Ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool on Saturday, Castrol EDGE Performance data compares the performances of England rivals Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Stewart Downing in the Premier League this season.
Recently, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s has provoked the most interest, and this is in large part due to the 18 year old’s impressive dribbling ability. On average, the former Saints winger completes a dribble every 20 minutes, which is more than any other player in the league, and his success rate (57%) is currently superior to both Walcott’s (34%) and Downing’s (39%).
Remarkably, Stuart Downing has yet to score or create a goal in the league this season, but his lack of assists could be due to Liverpool’s misfiring strikers. Downing has delivered 111 crosses – the ninth most in the league – and his pass success rate (85.5%) is better both of Arsenal’s wide men.
Like Downing, Theo Walcott has had a mixed season to date, but he has been involved in 28 league goals for the Gunners since the start of 2010/11. This is the fourth highest in the league for a midfielder and four more than Gareth Bale, who has been involved in 24.
Walcott, Downing and Oxlade-Chamberlain – Premier League 2011/12
|Player||Walcott, Theo||Downing, Stewart||Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex|
|Shots, Total (inc Blocks)||61||49||9|
|Shots per Game||2.4||2.0||1.3|
|Passes Successful per Game||18.6||31.6||16.6|
|Pass Success Rate %||80%||85.5%||84.1%|
|Crosses Open per Game||4.2||4.6||1.1|
|Dribbles Completed per Game||1.2||0.7||2.3|
|Dribble Success Rate %||34%||39%||57%|
|Shot Conversion Rate %||10.9%||0.0||25.0%|
Least minutes per dribble in PL 2011/12
|Player||Minutes Played||Dribbles Completed||Mins Played / Dribbles Completed|
|Ben Arfa, Hatem||605||19||31.84|
Midfielders’ direct involvement in goals since start of 2010/11 season
|van der Vaart, Rafael||12||20||32|
Most crosses in PL 2011/12
Who would you take to Euro 2012? Walcott, Downing or the boy built and named like a frieght train, Oxlade-Chamberlain?