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ANNOUNCEMENT: @PerformGroup completes acquisition of @scout7football. bit.ly/2xOwNSo. Signing. https://t.co/AKHyLk8y0u 18 Oct

The deadline for #OptaProForum submissions is tonight (midnight). bit.ly/2gQroTi. Reminder. 16 Oct

The dealine for the #OptaProForum is tomorrow at midnight. bit.ly/2gQroTi. Countdown. 15 Oct

There are just 3 days until the proposals deadline for the 2018 #OptaProForum. bit.ly/2gQroTi . Imminent twitter.com/OptaPro/status… 13 Oct

With submission deadline approaching, we look back to Dennis Lock's guest talk from #OptaProForum2017. Dolphins. youtube.com/watch?v=xgSsI5… 10 Oct

The #OptaProForum submission deadline is in 7 days. bit.ly/2gQroTi. Rendezvous. 9 Oct

OptaPro have partnered with @FIGC to help deliver the first Hackathon in Italian football. bit.ly/2xWMdDt. Insight. 6 Oct

With the proposals deadline imminent, we look back to @DeanO_Lytics talk from #OptaProForum2016. Throwback. youtube.com/watch?v=qWp1TY… 5 Oct

With two weeks until the proposals deadline, this article looks at whats new for #OptaProForum2018. bit.ly/2j5JEsE. Upgrade. 2 Oct

.@Squared2020 shows how a simple & insightful metric can be built to run live using tracking data. bit.ly/2fB6yHs. Process. 29 Sep

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How Arsenal and Arsène Wenger bought into analytics

Writing for the New York Times, Rory Smith discusses how data-led analysis was introduced at Arsenal Football Club.

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Is there a hole in Mesut Özil?

Writing for StatsBomb, James Yorke provides an in-depth statistical analysis exploring Mesut Özil’s creativity and underlying performance.

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How Arsenal can stop Costa from repeat show

The Premier League have published an article using Opta Data Scientist Tom Worville's 'carries' metric to assess how Arsenal (and every other Premier League team) can combat Diego Costa's attacking prowess.

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Lack of finishing touch harming Arsenal's title hopes

Writing for the official Premier League website, Colin Trainor (@colinttrainor) uses Expected Goals to explain Arsenal's league position at this stage of the season.

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The big interview: Arsène Wenger

Arsenal.com speaks with the long-serving manager, discussing how the development of data-led analysis has influenced his role.

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Bespoke data gives Arsène Wenger a tactical edge

Writing for The Times, Rory Smith looks at the role of data analysis at Arsenal FC.

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StatsBomb season previews

In early August StatsBomb produced a range of analytical previews ahead of the start of many European seasons.

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Barcelona, Arsenal, Eden Hazard and the art of danger zone passing

Writing for ESPN FC, Michael Caley uses Opta data to analyse the effectiveness of danger zone passes.

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Five into two doesn't go

The latest Anfield Index Analytics podcast discusses the race for the top four positions before reviewing the 2015 OptaPro Analytics Forum.

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Goals that matter

Michael Caley explains Arsenal’s recent form with an emphasis on goal expectancy and game state.

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Maximising dead-ball situations

Sean Ingle discusses the importance of set pieces in his latest column for the Guardian.

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