On the Arsenal History Society site today: one of the earliest videos of an Arsenal game as Arsenal win 69 years ago on this day.
by Sir Hardly Anyone
There’s an index to previous articles by subject on the home page
- Arsenal have the advantage but need to take more shots
- How Liverpool commit many more fouls than Arsenal, before getting a card
- A Liverpool foul is 27% less likely to get a yellow card than an Arsenal foul
The head to head figures for Liverpool and Arsenal don’t look so good from an Arsenal point of view with Liverpool having won 95 to Arsenal’s 82 games and the BBC inevitably makes the point that “Arsenal have only won two of their last 17 league games against Liverpool, with both coming at the Emirates in July 2020 and October 2022.”
In fact this is not the only time we have had a bad run against Liverpool for the fact is that Arsenal only won four of the first 21 games between the clubs (1893 to 1913), so started the run between the two thereafter at a serious disadvantage.
However the historic antagonism between the clubs dates back a very long way: right back to the Liverpool v Manchester United game in the spring of 1915 – which was the start of the Football League’s most serious and most notorious match-fixing scandal.
But although Arsenal were not in any way involved in the match-fixing scandal of the era, (it was very much a northwestern thing) this was of interest to Arsenal and its chairman Henry Norris, since it was he who had first made public concerns about Liverpool’s match-fixing following his visit to a game involving the side in the spring of 1913, after which instead of the League (probably following suggestions from the north western clubs) investigated Henry Norris, and warned him against making any such further allegations!
By Henry Norris was of course too busy with working in his newly appointed role overseeing recruitment for the army (it was before conscription started, but the planning for conscription was well underway, and was in fact the area that Norris was himself first detailed to work in and make fit for purpose) to become involved in the issue again, but he would certainly have noted the match on Good Friday 1915. Manchester United were threatened with relegation, yet they won in the most ludicrous circumstances. You can read more and see the implications for the league table in our article on April 1915. Allegations of match fixing were in almost every newspaper the following day.
Of course that was now over 100 years ago and today’s game will be the 200th between the two clubs with the media matking much of the fact that “Arsenal have only won two of their last 17 league games against Liverpool, with both coming at the Emirates in July 2020 and October 2022.” The last three league games however have resulted in a win for Arsenal and two draws.
And it is true that Liverpool do score a lot against Arsenal – undoubtedly because Arsenal always like to push forward and give entertainment. Arsenal indeed scored 13 more goals than Liverpool last season. Liverpool have won six of the last 13 games between the side, Arsenal have won four – so not quite the imbalance the media like to portray.
And it is rather good that we have Martinelli back and scoring goals. For Martinelli has six goal involvements against Liverpool, scoring four and setting up two – more than against any other club.
So to the team…
The Standard goes with
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Odegaard, Rice, Havertz;
Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Football London now publishes a whole raft of starting line ups one of which is
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Rice, Odegaard, Smith Rowe;
Saka, Martinelli, Jesus.
Sports Mole goes with the same as the Standard, and no one is seemingly looking much further afield than that.
We’re off to London – back tonight or tomorrow, all depending on how we feel.
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