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Arsenal and them. How its gone in the past

by Bulldog Drummond

The run against Stoke has not always gone as well as we might have wished… for the last ten games (all in the league) have only yielded six wins, and a draw, when we might well have hoped for more.

Date Match Res Score
02 Feb 2013 Arsenal v Stoke City W 1-0
22 Sep 2013 Arsenal v Stoke City W 3-1
01 Mar 2014 Stoke City v Arsenal L 1-0
06 Dec 2014 Stoke City v Arsenal L 3-2
11 Jan 2015 Arsenal v Stoke City W 3-0
12 Sep 2015 Arsenal v Stoke City W 2-0
17 Jan 2016 Stoke City v Arsenal D 0-0
10 Dec 2016 Arsenal v Stoke City W 3-1
13 May 2017 Stoke City v Arsenal W 1-4
19 Aug 2017 Stoke City v Arsenal L 1-0

And in fact although we have had by far the better of the games (overall winning 56, losing 26 and drawing 24) Arsenal have never put in a really long running streak without a defeat somewhere along the line against Stoke.  Indeed it seems they have always been able to pop up and defeat us somewhere.  The best run was 13 undefeated from 1928 to 1938 including two in the FA Cup, although three of the 13 games were draws.

This season however Stoke really have had a hard time away from home

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 15 12 2 1 34 10 24 38
2 Tottenham Hotspur 15 8 3 4 28 16 12 27
3 Liverpool 15 8 3 4 35 24 11 27
4 Manchester United 15 8 3 4 25 16 9 27
5 Chelsea 15 7 3 5 26 16 10 24
6 Burnley 15 5 6 4 15 14 1 21
7 Leicester City 15 4 5 6 24 26 -2 17
8 AFC Bournemouth 15 3 5 7 14 23 -9 14
9 Watford 16 4 2 10 17 29 -12 14
10 Arsenal 15 3 4 8 16 24 -8 13
11 Newcastle United 15 3 4 8 15 25 -10 13
12 Crystal Palace 16 3 4 9 12 25 -13 13
13 Southampton 14 2 6 6 13 23 -10 12
14 Swansea City 15 2 5 8 10 23 -13 11
15 West Ham United 16 2 5 9 20 37 -17 11
16 Everton 16 2 5 9 12 32 -20 11
17 Huddersfield Town 15 3 2 10 10 30 -20 11
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 15 2 4 9 7 19 -12 10
19 Stoke City 15 1 5 9 12 33 -21 8
20 West Bromwich Albion 16 1 4 11 8 25 -17 7

with just one win all season – that game being a 0-1 win away to Watford in October.

Arsenal’s home record is not as fine as it was earlier in the season, but still moderately reasonable…

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 15 14 1 0 51 10 41 43
2 Manchester United 15 12 2 1 33 7 26 38
3 Liverpool 16 10 6 0 38 10 28 36
4 Arsenal 15 11 2 2 39 17 22 35
5 Tottenham Hotspur 15 10 4 1 31 9 22 34

and a win on Sunday would keep that home record at a decent sort of level although it would be good to have a better goal difference at home.

Stoke have only scored 12 goals away from home, and Arsenal have scored 39 at home in the league – the second best in the division so that does look rather hopeful.  In terms of defence they have conceded 16 more than we have at home, with Stoke having the worst away defence in the league.

Their results since Boxing Day have indeed been the poor side of modest…

Date Game Res Score Competition
26 Dec 2017 Huddersfield Town v Stoke City D 1-1 Premier League
30 Dec 2017 Chelsea v Stoke City L 5-0 Premier League
01 Jan 2018 Stoke City v Newcastle United L 0-1 Premier League
06 Jan 2018 Coventry City v Stoke City L 2-1 FA Cup
15 Jan 2018 Manchester United v Stoke City L 3-0 Premier League
20 Jan 2018 Stoke City v Huddersfield Town W 2-0 Premier League
31 Jan 2018 Stoke City v Watford D 0-0 Premier League
03 Feb 2018 AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City L 2-1 Premier League
10 Feb 2018 Stoke City v Brighton and Hove D 1-1 Premier League
24 Feb 2018 Leicester City v Stoke City D 1-1 Premier League
03 Mar 2018 Southampton v Stoke City D 0-0 Premier League
12 Mar 2018 Stoke City v Manchester City L 0-2 Premier League
17 Mar 2018 Stoke City v Everton L 1-2 Premier League

The one win in the sequence was against Huddersfield Town.  Otherwise it has been seven defeats and five draws.  Indeed that victory away to Huddersfield was the only time in the sequence they scored more than one goal, and in six of the games they have not scored.

Our last ten have been far from what we might have hoped for earlier in the season with the run of four consecutive defeats being painful for all of us who were there…

Date Game Res Score Competition
03 Feb 2018 Arsenal v Everton W 5-1 Premier League
10 Feb 2018 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
15 Feb 2018 Östersunds FK v Arsenal W 0-3 Europa League
22 Feb 2018 Arsenal v Östersunds FK L 1-2 Europa League
25 Feb 2018 Arsenal v Manchester City L 0-3 League Cup
01 Mar 2018 Arsenal v Manchester City L 0-3 Premier League
04 Mar 2018 Brighton and Hove v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
08 Mar 2018 AC Milan v Arsenal W 0-2 Europa League
11 Mar 2018 Arsenal v Watford W 3-0 Premier League
15 Mar 2018 Arsenal v AC Milan W 3-1 Europa League

So we are now looking at a very unusual set of results in the last ten: five wins, five defeats.  18 goals for 12 against.   We can only hope that the away victory over Milan has really turned the corner.

 

 

 

 

7 comments to Arsenal and them. How its gone in the past

  • PTO

    A good opportunity to insert another nail in Stoke’s relegation bound coffin. If they go down (as is likely) we can hope that they never ever return to hack decent players off of the pitch with the full approval of their Orc support.
    Stanley Matthews must be twitching in his grave.
    UTA

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Despite being a boggy team to Arsenal, I believe without any iota of doubt in my mind the Gunners will put the Potters to the sword in the Premier League match encounter between Arsenal and Stoke City tomorrow at the Emirates Stadium.

    My unsual Arsenal 4-1-3-2 playing style formation starts and 7 man Gunners bench for the match are as per below.

    Starts:
    Cech
    ,Bellerin..Koscielny..Mustafi..Monreal
    ……………………..Xhaka………………………….
    Ramsey…………..Oezil…………..Mkhitaryan
    ……….Aubameyang……….Lacazette………

    Bench:
    Ospina Chambers Maitland ElNeny Wilshere Iwobi Welbeck.

  • knobby

    Another Premier League game decided by a referee not carrying out the rules of the game, Mane already booked for diving thought he was fouled zo grabbed the ball whilst lying on the deck, referee see’s this and gives the free kick for the hand all yet no second yellow to Mane.
    5 minutes later he is subbed and Liverpool take the lead.
    Feel sorry for Palace they outplayed Liverpool for much of the game, yet this could relegate them.

    Don’t think you will see Lacazette start tomorrow Sam.

  • Gord

    I’m not seeing any news articles about poor refereeing today Knobby. Thems medja idjuts must think you are imagining things.

  • Sadio Mane should have gone, it was unfortunate how the exaggerated and belated contact of a late challenge which was interceded by the slightest of contact seemed to affect the forward. If Danny made the mot of minimal contact, this was certainly an occassion on which it was taken too far. The response and movement of the entire player is in fact simulated and unsporting and applied would be a yellow card caution incident.

    Later Mane is attended to aggressively by a defending player, I do believe that the manner of the defending player is worth y of a free kick, yet none is awarded, unfairly in my view. The contentious issue, may be not that he (Sadio) handled the ball and in a deliberate and successful attempt to do so during play is a 2nd bookable offence, but whether play should have been stopped and the incorrect assumption that Sadio could affect his own judgement unnecessary.

    Rarely will I defend poor officiating, but on this matter I think Justice was in the offing, and Liverpool correctly took full advatage. Sadio was fouled, prior to handling the ball. The failure of the official to intercede and it resulted in the following incident. The rules, not correctly administered, were addressed, but affected the game, which they should not have done.

    Who knows what is to be said of a free-kick being given to Liverpool in a dangerous position, or a potential counter attack, where the opposition, were able to make inroads regularly.

    If the officials defence I sight he did his best apparently to stem any ripples from his failure to intervene earlier. And the rest is history.

    In my view.

    City were impressive, relaxing, with the League available at Utd, potentially, they can again shift their focus ot the CL.

    Looking ahead, Arsenal will look to take full advantage of the total disarray at Stoke and chalk down 3 more points, while our rivals tussle and jockey ahead.

    Chelsea reeling in Spurs, may be the ideal outcome, and with Morata potentially available, could Conte opt for playing a front four of Alvaro Oliver, Eden and Willian supported by Kante and Fabregas, could be an idea.

    After a brief lull in proceedings, Arsenal surely know that a good performance and 3 points, if not a clean sheet, would surely not go amiss.