By Bulldog Drummond
Shall we begin with the injuries, since Arsenal are always pretty nearly top as you will know if you listen to TalkSport. And yes it is pretty much still true – if you hold the list upside down.
|#||TEAM||TOTAL INJURIES||LATEST PLAYER INJURED||INJURY|
|1||Hull City||12||D Mbokani||Hamstring|
|3||Crystal Palace||7||L Remy||Muscular|
|4||Watford||7||C Kabasele||Hip Injury|
|5||Stoke City||5||G Johnson||Achilles|
|6||Southampton||5||V van Dijk||Ankle Injury|
|7||Tiny Totts||5||H Kane||Knock|
|8||Liverpool!||5||J Henderson||Bruised Foot|
|9||Manchester City||4||A Kolarov||Knock|
|10||State Aid||4||A Carroll||Groin Injury|
|11||Burnley||4||J Gudmundsson||Knee Ligament|
|12||Bournemouth||4||J Ibe||Knee Injury|
|13||Everton||3||D Calvert-Lewin||Ankle Injury|
|14||Manchester Utd||3||H Mkhitaryan||Hamstring|
|15||Swansea City||3||N Dyer||Achilles Injury|
|17||Arsenal||2||M Elneny||Ankle Injury|
|18||West Bromwich||2||C Dawson||Concussion|
|19||Leicester City||1||M Wague||Shoulder|
Elneny has done his ankle and Santi is out. Mesut Ozil is said to be unwell.
Which means we have Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny, available, along with Danny Welbeck who played in an under 23 game instead of against Sutton. Giroud is back too.
Playing for the under 23s tonight we have Martinez, Jenkinson, Debuchy, Sheaf, Bramall, McGuane, Nelson, Malen, Dragomir, Willock, Sanogo, so none of those will be included in the Liverpool game. Jenkinson and Debuchy have to find their way back to form on what looks like being a rather soggy beach.
Speaking of the under 23s here is something rather nice from our friends at FFDTV
While the away games table gives us
Liverpool! at home clearly outscore Arsenal away, but Arsenal’s goalscoring record away from home is the best in the league this season, and we have only scored three fewer away from home than Liverpool have scored at home.
Liverpool! have had something of a grotty run of late in league and cup.
|Date||Comp||Home team||Score||Away Team|
|28/01/17||FAC||Liverpool!||1 – 2||Wolverhampton …|
|31/01/17||PRL||Liverpool!||1 – 1||Chelsea|
|04/02/17||PRL||Hull City||2 – 0||Liverpool!|
|11/02/17||PRL||Liverpool!||2 – 0||Tottenham Hotspur|
|27/02/17||PRL||Leicester City||3 – 1||Liverpool!|
|Date||Comp||Home team||Score||Away team|
|31/01/17||PRL||Arsenal||1 – 2||Watford|
|04/02/17||PRL||Chelsea||3 – 1||Arsenal|
|11/02/17||PRL||Arsenal||2 – 0||Hull City|
|15/02/17||UCL||Bayern München||5 – 1||Arsenal|
|20/02/17||FAC||Sutton United||0 – 2||Arsenal|
So that is three wins for Arsenal, and three defeats which is hardly the best sort of form that we have seen from the club, while for Liverpool it is one win, one draw and four defeats. In these games the goals for and against read as
- Liverpool scored 5 conceded 9,
- Arsenal scored 12, conceded 10.
For Liverpool! it has been five years and six days since they last won a trophy – that being the League Cup. For Arsenal it is 1 year and 277 days, that being the FA Cup.
There is one other point of interest that has arisen today, in that in the light of recent form it is suggested Liverpool! should change their name to Liverpool?
Arsenal History Books on Kindle
The novel “Making the Arsenal” by Tony Attwood which describes the events of 1910, which created the modern Arsenal FC, is now available for the first time on Kindle. Full details are here.
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The latest from the Arsenal History Society
We are currently 90% of the way through the most detailed review of Arsenal in the 1930s (the era that made Arsenal into one of the greatest teams) ever written. The latest articles are
- Arsenal in the summer: 1938. The Nazi salute; the world record signing.
- Arsenal players in the 1937/38 title winning side, and comparisons with earlier seasons
- April/May 1938: from no titles to five in one decade – and the most amazing title of them all.
The Arsenal History Society publishes numerous series of articles exploring different aspects of Arsenal’s history. You can find an index to all the series to date on the Society’s web site