The boffins at Opta Stats have uncovered some gems from this season which help tell the story of why some clubs had a successful campaign and others had a year to forget. Lets take a look…


–          Keep Van Persie fit for a whole season and Arsenal may just have a chance of putting some silverware in the empty Emirates trophy cabinet…

Van Persie is a goal machine when fully fit.

18 Robin van Persie equalled the Premier League record of 18 goals scored in a season from January 1 onwards held by Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo

98.2 Robin van Persie minute per goal ratio (goal every 98.2 minutes) – the best in the league.

–          Arsenal are the Premier League keep ball kings…

61% Arsenal were the only team who averaged over 60% possession this season

1104 Arsenal made more touches in the opposition penalty area than any other side in 2010-11

Man United

United's experience was the key in the title race

–          United’s experience ensures they know how to get the job done…

36 Manchester United were the most clinical side from the 60th minute onwards in the Premier League this season; netting 36 goals in this period

11 Manchester United substitutes scored the most goals in 2010-11

18 Manchester United scored more headed goals than any other team in the Premier League this season

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