Category: Video

Where are they now?

  INTRO With the new season underway, I thought it would be fun to look back at some old blogs and see where some of the players that were highlighted as interesting are now.   There’s some good ones, and some less good ones, but it’ll be fun.   Unfortunately, the copyright police have been […]

Finding the Next… Virgil Van Dijk

INTRO Blog number 3 in the “finding the next…” series and it is the guy. The guy I have had the most requests and messages about writing a blog on. And with his recent injury, it seems even more pertinent to attempt to find the next… Virgil Van Dijk. If you haven’t read the previous […]

Finding the Next… Fabinho

INTRO If you haven’t read my previous blog (, I recently introduced a simple 3 step approach to recruitment. The idea is: you decide the type of player you want, use a machine learning model to highlight players who are stylistically similar from a statistical point of view, use another data tool to see which […]

Finding the Next… Jack Grealish

INTRO Recruitment is an area of particular interest to me. It’s here that data can have an enormous impact and the potential payoff is huge. Everyone wants to find the next Riyad Mahrez for £350,000. Data and data models cannot perfectly predict future performance or identify world class potential but what they can do is: […]

How Can Arsenal Cause an Upset Away at Man City?

Full opposition analysis of Pep Guardiola’s side INTRO With the Premier League returning on the 17th June, I thought it would be cool to do a full opposition analysis, as if I were a first-team analyst at Arsenal, for their game away at Manchester City. This was compiled based on City’s last 6 Premier League […]

How Good was David Beckham (and could he have played another position?)

Data & video analysis on the cultured midfielder INTRO The name David Beckham invokes strong emotional reactions in people. Particularly in the UK, he’s either one of your childhood heroes or he’s an overindulged, overpaid prima donna. There is no middle ground. Or at least these more sensible people are quieter on Twitter. He’s massively […]

What Can William Saliba Bring to Arsenal?

A dive into the video to see what the young Frenchman can bring to Arsenal INTRO I wrote recently about Arsenal’s struggles when it comes to the recruitment of Centre Backs (Part 1 here  & Part 2 here). There seemed to be a turning point post the departure of Sol Cambell in 2006, where Arsenal […]

Finding Arsenal’s Next Centre Back Part 2

Filling the gaps in data analysis with traditional/video scouting INTRO I wrote recently about the search for Arsenal’s next Centre Back using data (check it out here: Click Me). I will refer to that quite a lot in this piece, so probably worth a read in advance. Naturally part 2 of this process, and what […]