Sitting down to write the captain’s article feels like returning to school after a long vacation, the only difference being that writing the article does not feel like a drag 🙂 Any ways, back to work..
This last week of football witnessed many interesting games, which cannot be ignored in our analysis of player fitness and form. Our first candidate nominated for the 23rd Captain’s armband is Grazianno Pelle (7.8). Have I raised too many eyebrows now? The Saints take on Swansea at St. Mary’s stadium this weekend, a venue where Pelle has averaged 6.09 points. Although Pelle has only managed 2 goals in the last four games, analyze this: Southampton face Swansea, a team without Wilfried Bony, the suspended Gilfy Sigurdson and the unavailable Ki. Swansea have had a terrible recent run of form, conceding 11 goals in their last four, allowing the opposition an average of 18.8 goal attempts during the same period (10.6 have been within the penalty box). Perhaps, this is for the first time that the Captain has been chosen less for his own strengths and more due to the opposition’s weaknesses.
Coming second on our captain list is Alexis Sanchez (11.5). Sanchez should have been the default top choice! But it seems that the Chilean is struggling with a sore hammy, hence the demotion down the list. Otherwise, there is every reason why Sanchez should be on your captain radar (need we say any more about his cracking form?). Arsenal face Aston Villa at home this weekend, and after surprising, welcome win at the Etihad last gameweek against City, The confidence levels should be going through the roof.
Our final selection for the captain’s post is Santi Cazorla (8.3). Santi, Santi, Santi! If you still haven’t noticed Santi, you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. with a recent average of 7.25 points per game, the Gunner has re-discovered his touch after shifting to his new position in the midfield. Cazorla is also a very useful asset to the team and has consistently set-up up his team mates in goal scoring positions (3.5 Key passes in the last four games). However, Cazorla’s form at the Emirates has not been very spectacular, as could be seen in his average of 3.10 points per game at home. Still, we pray that the stars be aligned in the right positions come Sunday when Arsenal take on Aston Villa.