Thou shall not pass – Forster rises above the pressure with record-breaking performance

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To show you how the Pressure Index works we take a look at arguably the finest goalkeeping performance in Premier League history

Goal and Sure have partnered to create the Pressure Index, the only way to measure how players are handling the stress of the most competitive league.

To show you how the Pressure Index works we take a look at arguably the finest goalkeeping performance in Premier League history.

Fraser Forster simply refused to be beaten.

Time and again they came, and nothing got through. The Southampton goalkeeper would not budge. 

They threw everything they had at him, but time and again Forster replied, emphatically telling the Gunners; ‘Thou shall not pass!’

Forster’s performance that day scored big on the Goal Pressure Index, presented by Sure and powered by Opta data, which is an innovative and unique player-rating system to identify and reward players for outstanding performance in pressure situations.

Using more than 750,000 data points and considering influences such as league position, time of season and opposition, our unique algorithm calculates performance under pressure to give every Premier League player a weekly score out of 100.

Forster Pressure Index

“He had a brilliant game,” conceded Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “We created 10 good chances and we came out with no goal.”

Forster made a personal-best 10 saves in the Premier League clash that evening, earning his side a point that, in truth, they didn’t really deserve.

The highlight of which arrived just 22 minutes in, when Mesut Ozil latched onto an Olivier Giroud header to finish what looked a certain goal.

But as the German leapt to side-foot home from inside the six-yard box, he was met by the X-shaped Forster, springing from his goal, arms and legs outstretched, to bat the ball away as the majority of the Emirates had already sprung from their seats in celebration.

The locals even applauded Forster’s heroics, no doubt safe in the knowledge that it would only be a matter of time before their dominance showed.

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Forster, however, had other ideas. And his magnificence reached a crescendo with 20 minutes remaining when a strike from Alexis Sanchez was stopped so spectacularly that Giroud simply looked on and applauded the save.

“Arsenal are so good defensively with a lot of creativity and that’s difficult then, of course, you need a keeper that’s magic and he is magic tonight,” raved then-Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

“He is with the [England] national team and he is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and maybe in Europe.”

The point not only set Arsenal back on their charge towards the Premier League title, it kept Southampton in seventh place, on course for the Europa League spot they would eventually seal come the end of the campaign.

Forster’s performance was worth a very impressive 90/100 on the Goal Pressure Index, presented by Sure.

The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.

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