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Leicester v Arsenal: what the form book tells us – it’s a little more encouraging perhaps

By Bulldog Drummond

So we’re off to Leicester tomorrow for our own personal final farewell to Mr Wenger.  And this means looking again at the rather gruesome away record we have.

It really has been a truly horrible away season, and it must be a great relief all round that Arsenal don’t need to get anything out of these last two away games.  We’re sixth, and that’s going to be that.

Thus perhaps the team, maybe complete with some youngsters, will be able to relax a bit more in these last couple of games.  We can only hope so.  Here is the league table based only on our away games…

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 18 15 2 1 44 13 31 47
2 Tottenham Hotspur 19 10 4 5 34 20 14 34
3 Chelsea 18 10 3 5 32 19 13 33
4 Manchester United 18 10 3 5 30 19 11 33
5 Liverpool 19 9 5 5 39 28 11 32
6 Burnley 19 7 7 5 20 22 -2 28
7 Leicester City 18 5 5 8 27 33 -6 20
8 Crystal Palace 19 4 6 9 16 28 -12 18
9 Newcastle United 18 4 4 10 18 29 -11 16
10 AFC Bournemouth 18 3 6 9 17 30 -13 15
11 West Ham United 19 3 6 10 24 42 -18 15
12 Everton 18 3 6 9 15 33 -18 15
13 Southampton 18 2 8 8 16 30 -14 14
14 Watford 18 4 2 12 17 32 -15 14
15 Arsenal 17 3 4 10 18 28 -10 13

On the basis of this we score one goal per away game and let in 1.6 goals a game.  It places us among the likes of Palace, West Ham and Southampton.  But we do have two away games left in order to improve on this record.

Leicester City are now long past the stage of talking about being champions, and how Arsenal are scrabbling around trying to sign one of their players who rejects Arsenal and decides to stay at Leicester.  You may remember those days two summers ago, when their supposed player of note was imperiously saying he would not be considering an alleged offer from Arsenal until after the summer tournaments.  And then he rejected Arsenal.

And in so doing (if that story was true) various players at Leicester created Leicester city’s problem.  The problem created by the fact that  everyone got huge pay rises and new contracts after that title winning season, making finances now rather tight and no one wishing to move on, even if a buyer could be found.

Here’s their home record

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 18 15 2 1 58 13 45 47
2 Arsenal 19 15 2 2 54 20 34 47
3 Manchester United 18 14 2 2 37 9 28 44
4 Liverpool 18 11 7 0 41 10 31 40
5 Tottenham Hotspur 17 11 4 2 34 12 22 37
6 Chelsea 18 11 3 4 29 15 14 36
7 Everton 19 10 4 5 28 22 6 34
8 Brighton and Hove Albion 19 7 8 4 24 25 -1 29
9 Watford 19 7 6 6 27 31 -4 27
10 Burnley 18 7 5 6 15 15 0 26
11 AFC Bournemouth 19 7 5 7 26 30 -4 26
12 Newcastle United 18 7 4 7 18 17 1 25
13 Leicester City 18 6 6 6 22 21 1 24

Six wins, six draws, six defeats, and fractionally over one goal scored per home game and an almost identical one goal against.  Adding the two sets of figures together, it looks like being a 1-1 draw.

But matters get a little more encouraging for us when we look at Leicester’s last ten games

Date Game Res Score Competition
16 Feb 2018 Leicester City v Sheffield Utd W 1-0 FA Cup
24 Feb 2018 Leicester City v Stoke City D 1-1 League
03 Mar 2018 Leicester City v Bournemouth D 1-1 League
10 Mar 2018 West Bromwich  v Leicester City W 1-4 League
18 Mar 2018 Leicester City v Chelsea L 1-2 FA Cup
31 Mar 2018 Brighton &Hove v Leicester City W 0-2  League
07 Apr 2018 Leicester City v Newcastle Utd L 1-2 League
14 Apr 2018 Burnley v Leicester City L 2-1 League
19 Apr 2018 Leicester City v Southampton D 0-0 League
28 Apr 2018 Crystal Palace v Leicester City L 5-0 League
05 May 2018 Leicester City v West Ham Utd L 0-2 Peague

What we can see is a run of the five most recent games without a win, and indeed only three wins in the last ten, plus two draws and five defeats.

Also of interest here is the fact that in the last six games at Leicester’s ground, Leicester has not won a single one of them.  Indeed their last win at home was in January against Watford.

In fact Leicester’s standing in the league is safe primarily because between September and December they went on a run of just two defeats in 15 matches in all competitions, which put them in a very solid position.  For on 30 September 2017 they were 17th in the league after seven games, and avoiding the relegation places by having a two goal better goal difference than Swansea.

By 13 December they had shot up to 8th, just one place and four points behind Arsenal.  Now although they are only three places behind us they are also 16 points behind us.  Which is not to say that we should be, or indeed are, measuring Arsenal’s performance against Leicester’s, but rather the point is, at that time, they must have thought that rising up towards a European place once more was a possibility.

So the opening prognosis must be, although their home form overall looks strong, and our away form has been poor, Leicester’s current form suggests that they would welcome a 1-1 draw as a spot of relief after recent results.  A draw, I suspect, is what they will be aiming for.

More on the game anon.

 

 

2 comments to Leicester v Arsenal: what the form book tells us – it’s a little more encouraging perhaps

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    A draw? No! An away win against Leicester by Arsenal tomorrow is what I am expecting to see happen after a long wait by us the Gooners to see Arsenal win at away again in the PL. Even if the win will in according to some opinions and thoughts make no difference to Arsenal’s season campaign this season in the PL anymore since they’ve already qualified for next season’s Europa League Cup campaign. But still, even if it’s for their egos and ours, the Gunners should win this match unfailingly and even the next match at Huddersfield. So that they’ll finish their campaign this season in the PL on a strong note ahead of next season’s campaign in the PL.

    My Arsenal 4-2-2-2 starts and 7 Gunners bench for Leicester.

    Starts:
    —————————-Cech—————————-
    Bellerin–Mustafi–Mavropanos–Monreal
    ——————-Maitland–Xhaka——————————-Ramsey———-Mkhitaryan————-
    ——–Aubameyang———–Lacazette———-

    Bench:
    Ospina Chambers Holding Nelson Willock Welbeck Nketiah.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    A draw? No! An away win against Leicester by Arsenal tomorrow is what I am expecting to see happen after a long wait by us the Gooners to see Arsenal win at away again in the PL. Even if the win will in according to some opinions and thoughts make no difference to Arsenal’s season campaign this season in the PL anymore since they’ve already qualified for next season’s Europa League Cup campaign. But still, even if it’s for their egos and ours, the Gunners should win this match unfailingly and even the next match at Huddersfield. So that they’ll finish their campaign this season in the PL on a strong note ahead of next season’s campaign in the PL.

    My Arsenal 4-2-2-2 starts and 7 Gunners bench for Leicester.

    Starts:
    —————————-Cech—————————-
    Bellerin–Mustafi–Mavropanos–Monreal
    ——————-Maitland–Xhaka——————————-Ramsey———-Mkhitaryan————-
    ——–Aubameyang———–Lacazette———

    Bench:
    Ospina Chambers Holding Nelson Willock Welbeck Nketiah.

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