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By Bulldog Drummond
Newcastle really have built up a head of steam of late, as in the last three games they have beaten Tottenham 6-1 (that was the one where they scored five goals in 45 seconds or something like that), 4-1 away to Everton and 3-1 at home to Southampton.
But we might also note that those scores are declining and even Tottenham scored against them. But here is a funny thing – they keep beating London teams… their defeats have come against Liverpool (twice), Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup, Manchester United in the League Cup, Manchester City, and then in the last match a 3-0 loss away to Villa.
However, the media is finally waking up to the benefit of goal-scoring and assisting variety. So while they keep talking about one player having scored 257 goals this season or something like that, Martinelli, Saka and Odegaard have each had 20+ goal involvements (ie scoring or assisting) this season.
And the fact is that if we look at the top goal scorers in the league this season, in the top ten there are three Arsenal players. So in terms of the top ten scorers by team, Arsenal are on 42, Manchester City 35, Tottenham Hots 26 and so on. Figures from the BBC.
Actually in the top ten assists charts Arsenal have four players: Saka, Trossard, Odegaard and Xhaka. And back with the BBC’s commentary, they tell us, “Leandro Trossard has assisted five Premier League away goals this season, more than any other Arsenal player – despite only making his first appearance on the road for the Gunners in February.” But that is just away games. Top of our assist league is Saka on 11, one more than Trossard all season.
So it all bodes well for the future. Players do get injured as we well know and this season with a modest squad the team has survived. With the squad that little bit older next season, and presumably with a few more players joining, the team should be able to cope with the match by match hacking down of players more readily.
According to the Independent;
White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli;
They aalso say that Arsenal will have a budget of over £150m for transfers this summer.
Jakub Kiwior moved to Arsenal on 23 January this year, making his first appearance against Sporting in the Europa League. He was of course granted the typical welcome that the media always gives to new Arsenal players, with Tallk Sport saying, “Arsenal debutant Jakub Kiwior labelled ’embarrassing’”.
The labelling was done by Dean Ashton, the man who, with eight games to go in the 2021/2 season predicted West Ham would finish in the top four (they finished sixth, that season, seventh the next season and are currently 15th. Kiwior made his first start in the 3-1 win over Chelsea.
The Standard offers us
White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka;
Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
Sports Mole offer the same as The Standard only with a few positional shifts.
Paul Merson writing in Sports Keeda says, “If Arsenal win this, I think the title race could be back on, as Manchester City have a bunch of interesting games coming up. Both Arsenal and Newcastle have played fantastic football this season and this will be a great contest, but unfortunately, I can’t see Arsenal winning this one. The pressure will be on them and the Magpies are a tough nut to crack at St. James’ Park, so I think this game will finish 1-1.”
So there we have it. But here’s a final thought in case you are tempted to join the “Arsenal have thrown it away” camp. This is where Arsenal stood after 34 games in the past four years compared with this year. Arsenal currently have 12 points more than the best of recent years, 29 points more than the worst. I call that progress.
Oh yes, and we didn’t use a supercomputer to do that comparison chart. Funny that, what with all these media people have access to supercomputers, but they still can’t put a comparison table together. I wonder why. Could it be because it shows progress?
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