Surprise Arsenal Player Named In Premier League Team Of The Week

By on March 23, 2015


Calum Chambers has surprisingly been named in the WhoScored Premier League Team of the Week but there’s no place for two-goal hero Olivier Giroud.

Chambers played the entire ninety minutes as we ground out a hard fought 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

I personally didn’t think the youngster had a great game but the stats proved otherwise as he was awarded an impressive overall score of 8.60 – which was the highest of any defender in the league over the weekend.

Unfortunately, Olivier Giroud didn’t make it into the Team of the Week despite his two-goal haul as his starman score of 9.00 was beaten by Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony and Tottenham’s Harry Kane – who bagged a hat-trick during their fortunate 4-3 win over Leicester.

Danny Welbeck (8.20) and Gabriel Paulista (8.00) were two other players who received very strong scores and just missed out on a place in the featured eleven.

Check out the Team of the Week here:



  1. AmericanGunnerFan

    March 24, 2015 at 7:06 am

    What a joke! Chambers may have piled up impressive statistics, but that does not mean that he had a great or even noteworthy match.

    Anyone who actually watched the match could see that Newcastle constantly focused its attack on Chambers, especially in the second half, because their players were beating him like a drum. Part of the reason that Newcastle was able to put so much pressure on the Arsenal defense was that Chambers was being beaten so consistently that Arsenal had to send an extra defender to support him and that left gaps in the Arsenal defense for the Magpies to try to exploit. Newcastle’s success attacking the Arsenal right only subsided after the introduction of Hector Bellerin, who frustrated the Magpies attempts to turn the corner or launch crosses into the area–which they had been consistently doing against Chambers in the second half.

    Of course Chambers had plenty of opportunities to make plays that look good in the statistics, because he had so many chances to do so with Newcastle attacking him constantly. What the statistics also don’t show is that Chambers was at such “sixes and sevens” that it took support from an additional defender to allow him to make those plays. Statistics can be useful tools in assessing a player’s performance, but sometimes they don’t reflect what the eye can see. And, Chambers’ performance simply did not pass the “eye test”: anyone watching his performance could see that he was a distinct liability defensively in this match.

    • jack

      March 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Well said he was horrible, worst player on the night, should have been substituted at half time, it would have pulled the team out if the hole, Ramsey was another culprit, Wenger fails to be ruthless and make early changes to benefit the team.

    • Mathew

      March 25, 2015 at 5:43 am

      Well said mate. I watched the match and you are spot on.

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