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The Palace v The Arsenal, the statistics, the line up for the last Palace win, and journalism without thinking

By Bulldog Drummond

  There is a phrase that the Telegraph is now dropping into anything that Arsene Wenger ever says, or anything that it imagines the club is doing.  In each and every case they now claim that saying this or doing that “is likely to surprise many fans.”  It’s a sort of instant knock down and has the benefit of ensuring that the journalist doesn’t have to do any thinking.

Anyway, we move towards the match and having dealt with the referee, the injuries and the home and away form of Palace and Arsenal, we move on to other matters, except, WhoScored has actually managed to take the Palace injury list up to 11.  Benteke, Wickham, Mandanda, Tomkins, Dann, Cabaye, Remy, Soure, van Aanholt, McArthur, Campbell.

What this does mean is that our old chum Mathieu Flamini might well play.

Palace have won one game against Arsenal in the last 28 that have been played.  On 1 October 1994, at Highbury, they won 1-2.    The Arsenal team on that momentous (for Palace) day was

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Seaman
Dixon Adams Linighan Winterburn
Merson Davis Schwarz Selley
Smith Wright

Kevin Campbell replaced Paul Davis at half time, in an attempt to beef up the attack.  Adams and Wright got cards, and Ian Wright got the goal.   Bartram and Keown were our unused subs.  As a result of the matches on that day the table looked like this…

 12 of the 22 clubs above marked * are no longer in the top division – obviously over half.  Which is interesting in that it includes all of the top three at that moment.

Our run of away games now read thus:

Game Date Opposition Venue Score
21 14.01.2017 Swansea City away W4-0
24 04.02.2017 Chelsea away L1-3
27 04.03.2017 Liverpool away L1-3
29 18.03.2017 West Bromwich Albion away L1-3

Arsenal’s team statistics from whoscored for away games makes interesting reading

Summary
Yellow Cards 23
Possession 56%
Pass Success % 83%
Aerial Duel won per game 17
Average Rating 6.93
Defensive
Shots conceded per game 11.4
Shots blocked per game 2.6
Tackles per game 18.1
Fouls per game 10.3
Interceptions per game 14.7
Offensive
Shots per game 12.9
Shots on target per game 4.6
Dribbles won per game 12.1
Fouls won per game 9.6
Offsides per game 1.6

Palace stats at home read

Summary
Yellow Cards 24
Possession 50%
Pass Success % 75%
Aerial Duel won per game 21.3
Average Rating 6.72
Defensive
Shots conceded per game 12.4
Shots blocked per game 2.1
Tackles per game 19.1
Fouls per game 12.4
Interceptions per game 13.6
Offensive
Shotsper game 11.3
Shots on target per game 3.9
Dribbles won per game 9.7
Fouls won per game 11.8
Offsides per game 1.4
So even taking the fact that we are away and they are at home we are likely to have more possession, concede fewer shots, commit fewer fouls, make more interceptions, have more shots, have more shots on target, and do more dribbles.
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The line ups (well, a sort of approximation thereof) will follow shortly.
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3 comments to The Palace v The Arsenal, the statistics, the line up for the last Palace win, and journalism without thinking

  • Nonny

    @ Bulldog

    Leicester City are still in the league I suppose unless I dreamt the won the league last season and we came 2nd.

    To the match, I’d like Giroud to start ahead of Welbeck. He has a knack for Palace and Has scored in the last 4 matches against them including the excellent scorpion kick at the Emirates.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    A quick update on our U23s game this afternoon at Reading. A Sanogo’s hat-trick and goals from Debuchy and a club first from Cohen Bramall ensured that we were able to overcome two early Reading goals and finish the game with a five-two victory.

    Now we just need our first team to follow suit.

    COYG

  • ARSENAL 13

    @Andrew….

    Howz Cohen Bramall coping with the stepup…..

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