Special Sub-Topic: For True Fans: Arsenal 2002-03
|If the average premiership match were broken into periods of 5 minutes in which period were Arsenal, by far, the most successful in goal scoring?|
Soon after the start (4-8mins). Arsenal was almost twice as likely to score during the 4-8 min period than at any other point. Manchester United, on the other hand, are more likely to score in the final 4 minutes than in any other period.
|Which of the following 'second wave' of goalscorers scored more goals in the 2002-03 Premiership?
Kanu. It is surprising, maybe revealing, but Kanu has one of the better on-the-paper records. Kanu, despite only 9 starts and 7 substitute appearances, scored most with 5, as compared to Bergkamps's 4 from 23 starts and 6 substitute appearances. Jeffers only scored 2 from 2 starts and 14 substitute appearances. Pennant scored an encouraging 3 (hat-trick) from only 1 start and 4 substitute appearances.
|Thierry Henry not only led the goal scoring and goal-assist lists but led the list of most starts for the club in the 2002-03 season with 37 out of 38 starts. Which of the following four players started most matches for the club in the 2002-03 Premiership?|
Gilberto Silva. Gilberto Silva had 32 starts, next was Ashley Cole at 30. David Seaman only had 28 starts, and Patrick Vieira a mere 24.
|Who was Managing Director of Arsenal Holdings plc at 31st December 2002?|
Keith Edelman. Not obvious with all of the different titles, but for your reference - the Chairman was Peter Hill-Wood, David Dein was the Vice Chairman and Ken Friar was Stadium Director - Arsene Wenger was of course the manager. Keith Edelman was the Managing Director.
|Which of the following started well over 20 premiership games but was the only one not to be substituted in a single match, during the 2002-03 season?|
Sol Campbell. Sol Campbell had an unbelievable 33 starts with not one substitution.
Thierry Henry had an enormous 37 starts but was substituted 3 times - mostly to bask in the applause. Martin Keown had 22 starts with only 1 substitution, and Patrick Vieira was substituted 3 times in 24 starts.
|The team's defense was talked a lot about that year, but where was the team's clean-sheet record best: at home or away?|
Home and Away were equally good. Arsenal had 5 clean sheets at home and 5 clean sheets away.
|The market capitalisation of Arsenal Holdings plc at the end of the 2002-03 seaosn was roughly what proportion of Manchester United plc's?|
quarter. Depressingly, it was about a quarter. Arsenal Holdings plc's market cap was around GBP 95m, as compared to Manchester United at GBP 395m.
|Which of these clubs had Arsene Wenger not managed prior to joining Arsenal?
Toulouse. Wenger never managed Toulouse, although his friend Guy Roux dids.
Nancy Lorraine was in fact Wenger's first professional manager assignment, the others followed.
|Who was the most frequently substituted player in the 2002-03 season?|
Dennis Bergkamp. Dennis Bergkamp had an enormous 19 substitutions from 23 starts. Sylvain Wiltord was second with 18 substitutions of 27 starts
Robert Pires also had a high proportion of substitutions at 15 of 21 starts, and surprisingly Freddie Ljungberg was only substituted 7 times in 19 starts.
|Which of these was the last time, in the 1990s, that Arsenal neither finished as Premiership champions nor runners-up?|
1996-1997. In 1996-1997 Arsenal finished third. Although they drew on points with Newcastle who finished runners up, Newcastle had a superior goal difference.
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