By Walter Broeckx
With the boredom of the interlul upon us time to check the internet and see if there are interesting things to find. And yes there are. Not just Untold is writing interesting things.
I found a few interesting tables that have been put together by some people. And I wanted to check them and see how it gives us some more information based on the numbers.
So first I wanted to see how we did since the turn of the year till the end of last season. And that gives us this table below that looks nice on the eye for any Gooner.
|12||West Ham United||19||3||7||9||14||24||-10||16|
So since the start of the year 2015 till the final fixture of the season we won most points. And keep in mind once we were more or less certain of 3rd place and the FA cup final we kind of eased off a bit. An FA cup final that we won for the second time in a row. Always important to remind some people of this as some have already forgotten this.
Do you still remember when on that first day of the year we lost a match at Southampton and the aaa went mad and wild and shouted at the top of their voices that this was the end of the world and nothing ever would come good from this team and more in particular with this “clueless manager” in charge?? Well it seems that all their shouting was not really worth the trouble. Imagine if they had decided to enjoy the club and started to really support the club instead of dragging it down on every opportunity.
Some other interesting stats can be found from this table. Arsenal can’t defend??? Well with only 13 goals against us in that run of 19 matches (half a season) it seems that since that day when we conceded 2 goals at Southampton (in a bad way) we only conceded 11 in the remaining 18 fixtures. Not that bad for a team that can’t defend and a clueless manager and a slow BFG in the team according to the specialists in moaning.
And only one team did better in one thing over that period of time. That was Manchester City (who won f*ck all last season by the way) who scored more goals than us. But even then our goal difference was superior to theirs.
Now let us throw in the current league table for this season as things stand now.
|First 8 matches 2015-2016||Pld||W||D||L||F||A||GD||Pts|
|6||West Ham United||8||4||2||2||17||11||6||14|
Arsenal is not top of the league. Claims of disaster can be heard in some corners. Yet again people question the players and of course the manager. That has silenced a bit since beating Manchester United.
But what the moaners don’t take in account is the fact that we lost 2 points against Liverpool because a good goal was ruled out wrongly for offside and that would have taken us level on points with league leader Manchester City. And then I don’t even want to talk about the 3 points handed over to Chelsea by Dean in match 51. Just out of curiosity I included Chelsea and just imagine that we had had a fair and decent ref who would have sent off Costa and not Gabriel. And just imagine we would have won that match… That would have taken us to the top of the table 3 points in front of Manchester City. And as a result it would mean that Chelsea only would have 5 points thus far.
But time now to put the two tables together to see how Arsenal has done in this calendar year.
|Final 19 + start season||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||PTS||Pts per game|
|10||West Ham United||27||7||9||11||31||35||-4||30||1,11|
And yes I know you don’t get a trophy for this. But what is more important is that in anyway you look at the different tables it is clear to see that Arsenal are right there at the top. In this table based on the matches in the PL since the start of the year we are 4 points in front of the team in second place and that is Manchester City. We are 8 points in front of Manchester United and even 9 points in front of Chelsea.
We have by far the best defence. And yet the word is that Arsenal can’t defend and Wenger doesn’t do tactics. And we have a slow BFG that cost us points and goals. Well that BFG is captain of the team with the best defensive record of the current year. But hey let facts not get in the way of moaning about this and repeating the mantra that goes around in some blogs and in the media. Arsenal do know how to defend most of the time. The numbers are there. You just have to take the trouble to read them.
Manchester City have the best attack. But then again it is Arsenal in second place way above the rest. Interesting to see that it is Tottenham who have the third best attack since the start of the year. Better than Chelsea and even Manchester United.
Now what does this all mean? I know (and there is no need to mention it) that we don’t get a trophy for these numbers. But what they do show is that this team is worth supporting. It shows that this team is not worth all the moaning and groaning one hears every day on the internet.
Instead of wasting all that energy on dragging the club, manager and players down couldn’t we use this energy to build them up? Wouldn’t it be better to support them without reservations? If the players felt the love and not just the moaning and hatred wouldn’t it make them feel more confident? And you need confidence to perform on the football field.
Why don’t you all who moan about our club and pretend to support it do what you should do: support your club! Support your players and manager. And if they do make a mistake it is not the end of the world, you know. It is just a blip and in such a bad moment you don’t start the moan again but you start to support them more.
Well that is what we have been doing on Untold, and will continue to do. But what if the rest of the moaners would join in? Couldn’t that be the final push the players need to really perform and deliver?
Two birthdays to remember
- 10 October 1950: Charlie George born. He played for Islington Schoolboys before joining Arsenal in May 1966. He turned professional in 1968 and made his first-team debut for the club on 9 August 1969
- 10 October 1966. Tony Adams born. He signed for Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1980 and made his first start for the first team on 5 November 1983 against Sunderland when he was just past his 17th birthday.
The Untold Books
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal