Premier League without defensive blunders makes Arsenal champions

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You know how you get infuriated about silly mistakes costing your side goals and how you wonder what would have been had they just not been such buffoons? Well, wonder no more!

That’s right, the genius people at Opta have worked it all out and tallied up all those moments when Premier League defenders do something explicable, like kick it into their own net or lay off a perfectly weighted pass for an opposition attacker.

Not just any old mistakes, though, Opta have gone through every Premier League fixture from last season and discounted all own goals and those scored as a result as blunder.

GMS will hand over to Opta to let them describe in their own words:

“179 - 179 goals were conceded in the Premier League last season due to personal errors. This is how the table would have looked without those goals. Oops.

“The table ignores all own goals and any goals where a player made an individual error that directly lead to a goal. 

“For example, Robin van Persie's goal versus Arsenal on Nov 3rd 2012 is ignored because it was scored as a result of Thomas Vermaelen's poor clearance.”

That is direct from the OptaJoe Facebook page and their calculations bring about some interesting changes to the final Premier League table of last season.

Firstly, Manchester United would not be champions; Arsenal would be seven points better off than the actual final table, which would make then Premier League champions.

In fact, Manchester United would have 14 fewer points, 75, than their winning total if it weren’t for own goals and individual howlers.

Gunners fans have been angry for some time about their team’s failure to challenge for the title – it seems sill mistakes are to blame for that.

However, the other crucial positions in the Premier League would go unchanged; Tottenham Hotspur would still miss out on Champions League football in fifth and the bottom three would remain the same.

Interestingly, Fulham would be the last team to escape the drop with four fewer points, but West Brom would plummet seven places if they didn’t have the benefit of the odd blunder.

See the table below and many thanks once again to those at Opta for putting it together…


Opta table
Premier League
Manchester United

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