Premier League: 2011-12 review in numbers

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Sergio Aguero's last-minute strike capped a thrilling Premier League campaign, and brought long-suffering Manchester City fans their first title since 1968. But in truth, the drama was not confined to the season's last day. Each weekend seemed to bring a new surprise, from City's 6-1 win at Old Trafford to Manchester Unted's 8-2 victory over Arsenal, from Paul Scholes' retirement reversal to Tim Howard's wind-assisted goal.

Taken as a whole, the 2011-12 season was the most exciting yet. All three promoted sides survived, some more comfortably than others, while the title race went down to the wire, and was only settled on goal difference. As we look back at the season, GiveMeFootball brings you some of it's vital statistics.


Manchester City tied Chelsea (2005-06) and Manchester United's (2010-11) record for most home wins in a season. Mancini's men were unbeatable at home, winning 18 and drawing one (3-3 against Sunderland) of their Premier League matches as they pipped Manchester United to the title on the final day of the season.


Blackburn Rovers broke the record for most games from the start of the season without a clean sheet. Steve Kean's side had to wait until March 10 and their match against fellow relegation strugglers Wolves before Paul Robinson kept the ball out of the net for 90 minutes.

A 2-0 victory at Molineux that day gave Rovers hope of survival, but they couldn't beat the drop, and Kean's men will be playing Championship football next season for the first time since 2000-01.


Manchester United lost out to their bitter rivals Manchester City on the final day of the season but Sir Alex Ferguson's side can draw a little comfort from the fact that their points tally was the highest second place finish in Premier League history.

United's points haul was the most ever recorded by a team without winning the league, as City's superior goal difference proved just enough to take the title. Watching their "noisy neighbours" celebrate their maiden victory is sure to inspire Wayne Rooney and co next year. It should be another great battle between the Manchester clubs.


Tim Howard's hopeful punt forward against Bolton in January 2012 cruelly bounced over Adam Bogdan and summed up the Trotters luckless season.

In the process, Howard's 93-metre strike became the longest goal in Premier League history, beating Paul Robinson's 2007 goal for Tottenham by five metres.


Robin van Persie carried Arsenal at times this season and the stats back it up. The Dutchman was responsible for 41 per cent of the Gunners' Premier League goals, as Arsenal overcame a terrible start to seal third spot.

It got better for Gunners fans as Spurs, who they had overtaken in the final months of the season, dropped out of the Champions League after Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich in the final.

Van Persie may be tiring of such a burden though, and is yet to sign a new contract to remain in north London. For Arsenal's sake, Arsene Wenger needs to tie his captain down to a long-term deal, otherwise he could be watching on painfully as half his side's goals will walk out the Emirates door.


Swansea stepped up to the Premier League and immediately set about showing others how to play a free-flowing possession-based game. Centre to Brendan Rodgers' philosophy was Leon Britton, the diminutive midfielder whose pass completion percentage would please those Barca pass masters, Xavi and Iniesta.

Britton was the league's most successful passer this season, completing a staggering 94% of his passes, and he will be key to the continued success of the Premier League's first ever Welsh club.


It's fair to say that Liverpool did not enjoy the best of Premier League seasons. In the cups they were superb, winning the League Cup and falling at the final hurdle in the FA Cup, but their abysmal home form cost them dearly in the league.

The Reds only won six games at Anfield, as home defeats to Swansea and Wigan combined with countless draws to leave Kenny Dalglish scratching his head. Only once, in the 1948-49 season (five wins) have they won less, and ultimately Dalglish paid for this statistic with his job.


By general consensus, this year's Premier League season was the best yet. A large part of this was down to the refreshing approach of the newly-promoted teams and a more adventurous attitude on the part of everyone else.

This led to a remarkably high percentage of away wins, as teams threw caution to the wind on their travels. This season saw more than 30 per cent of matches result in away victories - the highest in Premier League history - and included such memorable encounters as Manchester City's 6-1 victory at Old Trafford and Arsenal's 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge.


This season has seen more goals than ever before, as teams abandoned their defensive instincts and instead opted for a more enthusiastic approach. Robin van Persie, Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney led the way and forwards held the edge over their defensive counterparts all season.

Clean sheets were rare and treasured by those who earned them, as keepers were picking the ball out of their net with an uncomfortable regularity. While managers raged at their team's defensive blunders, fans were able to enjoy one of the most open, engaging and exciting Premier League seasons of all time.


Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton scored the 20,000th Premier League goal on 21 December as Villa lost 2-1 to Arsenal at Villa Park.

In a season lacking little cheer for Villa fans, at least Albrighton can celebrate his place in Premier League history. The former England under-21 star was only two years old when Brian Deane scored the first ever Premier League goal for Sheffield United against Manchester United in 1992.

The 2011-12 Premier League season will live long in the memory, and not just for those partying City fans. Supporters were treated to attacking football all season, with games averaging more than 2.5 goals per match.

Plenty of sub-plots will keep things interesting over the summer - including Euro 2012, Team GB's Olympics bid and the perennial transfer window circus - but we can't wait for next season. Roll on next year!

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