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WBA v Arsenal: Arsenal take on Pulis, the anti-Arsenal mob, the media, and 11 WBA players – all at once.

By Bulldog Drummond

West Brom under Pulis have pulled themselves up the league somewhat, and have maintained their position in the last few weeks… (stats from Statto.com as always).

Game Date Opposition Venue Result Pos Pts
22 21.01.2017 Sunderland home W2-0 8 32
23 31.01.2017 Middlesbrough away D1-1 8 33
24 04.02.2017 Stoke City home W1-0 8 36
25 11.02.2017 West Ham United away D2-2 8 37
26 25.02.2017 Bournemouth home W2-1 8 40
27 04.03.2017 Crystal Palace home L0-2 8 40
28 11.03.2017 Everton away L0-3 8 40

So two defeats in the last two games but four without defeat before that.

However we should also note that in 18 out of their 28 league games they have scored either no goals or just one which means a certain level of defensive awareness, both in terms of the WBA forwards and the referee, could be helpful.

There is a significant home and away difference for WBA

Clearly what we need is a tight defence and with nothing happening that can give the referee even a semi-quaver of an opportunity to give penalty for sneezing halfway inside our own half.

But we must be fair to WBA and recognise wholeheartedly that they have scored more goals at home than the wonderful Manchester City whose manager many aaa supporters have now conveniently forgotten that they were baying for Arsenal to take on this season.  And more than Man U whose centre forward we should have signed.  Apparently.

WBA have won 23 games at their place against us, we have won 25 against them.   But with Pulis being given free range by the refs it will be tight.

On the injury front contrary to the use run of propaganda Arsenal are near the foot of the table:

Pos Club Injury no Latest Injury
15 Arsenal 3 K Gibbs Knock
16 Tottenham Hotspur 3 M Dembele Ankle Injury
17 Manchester City 2 G Jesus Metatarsal Fracture
18 Leicester City 2 N Mendy Knee Injury
19 West Bromwich Albion 2 J Morrison Ankle Injury
20 Chelsea 1 V Moses Calf Injury

Santi Caz and the Ox are the other two players who are out.  Just to give a comparison the top club on the table has three times as many injuries as we do.

What this means is that Stewart Robson isn’t getting quite so many interview opportunities on bonkers radio stations.

The various players who have dropped in and out of the team of late – in particular Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil and Theo – should be back in contention.  Given that Pulis is involved we will need all our guile and courage to overcome the players, the ref and (if WBA supporters have taken over the mantle of Stoke as the location where basic human decencies have died.

The current Arsenal sequence of results is the worst one we have had all season:

Game Date Opposition Venue Result Pos Pts
23 31.01.2017 Watford home L1-2 3 47
24 04.02.2017 Chelsea away L1-3 3 47
25 11.02.2017 Hull City home W2-0 3 50
27 04.03.2017 Liverpool away L1-3 5 50

But all runs come to an end sometime, but this one is being hampered by the attention given to the noises off from the media and the aaa.  While the aaa would probably argue that their protests are important in order to encourage the board to get rid of the manager, the fact is that the significant downturn in Arsenal form has come as they have stepped up their protests.

Of course this might just be a coincidence, but in the absence of much evidence about anything it needs to be considered seriously.

Before the protests really took off in a big way Arsenal went on a run of 10 wins and 3 draws in 13, so there is at least a strong possibility that the protests have had a part to play in the downturn.  They are at the very least a serious distraction, and with talk of the aaa hiring a plane with an anti-Wenger message on it to fly over the ground, this could get a lot worse.

Everyone who works in a job which involves any form of performance in front of a large audience will know that you can train like mad to overcome distractions, but even the most well-trained professional has a point at which focus and concentration goes.

Of course that leaves aside the thought as to whether such interruptions are ever likely to have an effect.  On that we have little evidence in the case of Arsenal.    We have had managers in the past whose work with the team has taken the club to much lower levels than fifth: 12th when George Graham was sacked (although not for the quality of the football), 17th when Bertie Mee was finally persuaded to leave, 14th when Billy Wright was chopped, 10th when George Swindin was removed.

So 5th, the position we occupied in the season before Mr Wenger came along, seems a bit churlish to use as an excuse to get rid of the manager.

But I guess that is how it goes these days.

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7 comments to WBA v Arsenal: Arsenal take on Pulis, the anti-Arsenal mob, the media, and 11 WBA players – all at once.

  • Tommo

    So these protests (which I recall were called insignificant and lsughed at due to the low 200 turnout) are now being blamed for the performances?

    What’s even funnier, is you say you have no evidence. Anyone else coming on here making any statements are told they need evidence, or shut up. But anything that suits your agenda without evidence is passed as fact.

    Nitram’s just had a seizure on a previous thread for Leon making a statement without hard evidence. If he reads this evidenceless article, I fear it will tip him over the edge!

  • Hunter13

    yes tommo…. its safe to say they are also to blame. might not be quantifiable yet but dont tell me that it wont bent their psychology and thus perhaps have knock on effect in performance faith belief.

    why should they bust a gut when their own fans abuse them?

    to be fair if i were an arsenal player and our fans were calling for THIS manager’s head i would want to leave and would enjoy watching those same arseholes crying when their club ended somehwere between 7th and 12th..

    it will be well deserved.

    in fact i cant wait. i can not wait to troll the wengerouts when it all goes to shit.

    i think its arsene who made us as passionate about arsenal to the point where we consume it 247365 and demand victories against bayerns and barcelonas….

    so to turn like classless cretins and shout at him to get out is the defintion of hybris

  • hilbert

    Damn! You really are obsessed with untold. You expect that somehow Bulldog will admit his ‘faults’ , ‘correct’ his ways and see the ‘light’, at least your version of it (it must be very bright!) and that the possibility of this will keep increasing the more you howl, cry, moan…or whatever your ilk resort to when they meet superior arguments.

    I dont really blame you.People are suffering from some form of collective amnesia the world over.Today’s complex realities are too much for them, so they choose simplicity i.e. the ‘deep insights’ from pundits, their very own magnificient eyes, or their grandmothers or whoever is shouting, wailing, frothing…no one can subject oneself to such without passion or love. The beauty of simplicity!

    If you cared to read the countless artcles on this blog, they would have provided enough context for you to understand the gist of what is being said here. Assuming your unique brain allowed you to understand at least a few.

    There’s one thing you dont understand, we’ll always support the club, the players and the great manager. You can gnash and grind your teeth in sorrow but we’ll be steadfast, always. That’s the spirit of this blog and it will never wane. Never ever. And whether you care to admit it or not, Wenger will always be a part of arsenal.

    Since change is always inevitable, when a new manager comes, or a new bunch of players, we’ll do what we do because thats who we are ,Supporters! and that spirit will never wane.

    So, stop wasting your breath. You will never win us over to your ways, but you might win our pity and sympathies. #COYG

    Oh, almost forgot…# ONE ARSENE WENGER just tk rub it in.

  • hilbert

    @tommo

  • Gord

    Nice work Hilbert.

    I don’t suppose you wrote this? In spirit?

    > Taking the Principle of the Excluded Middle from the mathematician … is the same as … prohibiting the boxer the use of his fists.

    I’ve “tripped” over Hilbert’s name many times, but I don’t think I got to learn much of his math.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Yup , keep it tight , don’t give the berk in black any chance to be blow happy , and wait for our chance . Seems like a rather good tactic.
    Up the Gunners !

  • Pat

    ‘The berk in black’. I like that, Brickfields. Have to remember that one.