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Southampton v Arsenal the teams and a comparison with this moment last season

By Bulldog Drummond

It has proven interesting in recent weeks to consider the league table as it was last season and as it is now.  Last year at this moment, with 33 played, here it is.  Last since in the last six at this point we had won 2, drawn 3, lost 1. 9 points.

This season after 33 we have a last six that reads won 3, drawn 1, lost 2.  10 points.  The points total in the table is the same.  We have won one more game, but drawn three fewer.  However our goal scoring is up by nine, but the defence has been less secure, down 8.

What this table shows is that the five clubs above us have all increased their points tally at this stage of the competition.  Tottenham for example are six points up, Man City are eight up, having played one game more.   Man U are eight points better off this season than at this stage last season, again with one more game played.   Liverpool at this stage last season had 51 points now they have 70 – a major gain for them.

Here’s another snippet.  Claude Puel of Southampton played for Monaco in 1988 when Arsene Wenger was manager and won the French league.

And the last, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has seven assists in the league this campaign – as many as he created in the previous five seasons put together.

Here is the regular update on the top scorers list

Pos Name Club
Chosen country
Goals
1. Romelu Lukaku Everton
Belgium
24
2. Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur
England
21
3. Diego Costa Chelsea
Spain
20
4. Alexis Sánchez Arsenal
Chile
19
5. Sergio Agüero Manchester City
Argentina
18
6. Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur
England
17
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United
Sweden
17
8. Jermain Defoe Sunderland
England
15
8. Eden Hazard Chelsea
Belgium
15
8. Joshua King AFC Bournemouth
Norway
15
11. Christian Benteke Crystal Palace
Belgium
14
12. Fernando Llorente Swansea City
Spain
13
12. Sadio Mané Liverpool
Senegal
13
14. Son Heung-Min Tottenham Hotspur
South Korea
12
14. Jamie Vardy Leicester City
England
12
16. Roberto Firmino Liverpool
Brazil
11
17. Philippe Coutinho Liverpool
Brazil
10
17. Troy Deeney Watford
England
10
17. Theo Walcott Arsenal
England
10

So as a preview to the Guardian’s inevitable report at the end of the season that Arsenal have only two players in double figures this season I should add that one more goal to Giroud will see him rise into the group.   Liverpool and Tottenham are the only clubs with three, so I suppose this year the Guardian will focus on them.

If the recently injured pair are ok we should have as a team

Cech

Mustafi – Koscielny – Holding

The Ox – Ramsey – Xhaka – Monreal

Ozil – Alexis

Welbeck

But if Koscielny is out we could presumably bring Gabriel into the back line.  If Xhaka is missing then I would guess Coquelin would get the nod.

That would put on the beach gazing out fondly at the Isle of Wight, we might have Gabriel and/or Coquelin if Koscielny and/or Xhaka are not fit.  If both players are out the beach would have

Ospina, Bellerín, Gibbs, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Giroud

Obviously if either is fit their replacement player will be beached.  It is also possible that Lucas, now recovered from injury might get a place on the beach but by then the beach will be getting crowded and there could be too many towels down.

But there is another approach.  If Koscielny and Xhaka are injured we could go back to a back four and end up with

Cech

Bellerín – Mustafi – Holding – Monreal

The Ox – Ramsey

Ozil – Welbeck – Alexis

No one seems to know and the newspapers are saying precious little or in some cases absolutely nothing at all.  Not a single mention in the Guardian that the match is taking place, for example.  Perhaps they are still looking for other teams with more than two players who have scored in double figures.   Still I suppose not writing about the team avoids being wrong.

Anyway, if you are there, watch out for the crowds leaving early as they trudge off to get on the last ferry back to the Isle of Wight.

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