By Walter Broeckx
The last time I compared our current season with the last, we were half way the season. In case you missed it last time around, I just would like to explain that I just took the games from last season and the corresponding game of this season and compared the results.
It’s maybe not the perfect way of doing it, but I find it the most interesting way because now you can see how we have done against the same team. Another valid option would have been just the run of games but a man has to make some choices in life and so I did it the other way.
Since my last review a lot of games have been played and I will start with game 20. I will not give the other results again, as I am not about to write a whole book in one article.
Game 20 was a home game against Everton and we drew this one 2-2. But last year we won it 3-1 so not a good result as last year but it was a fair result.
Then came our 2 games against Bolton. This year we won 0-2 at their ground and we also won there last year with 1-3.
In our home game we won 4-2 and the season before we won 1-0. So we took all the points we could and certainly the second game was a thrilling ride.
Then we went to Aston Villa and we managed to get a 0-0 result, one could say it was as good or bad if you want as our 2-2 draw last year.
Then came the home game against MU and we lost 1-3. Compared to last year this was a bad result as we then won 2-1.
Bad became worse one week later when we lost 2-0 at Chelsea and the year before we won 1-2.
We all felt low after that game but with the coming of Liverpool we had to put something right. And the players did. We won 1-0 and that was better then our 1-1 draw the year before.
The next game against Sunderland was a simple win 2-0 and this was far better than our frustrating 0-0 of the season before.
Then came our trip to Stoke where we lost 2-1 last season. This year we only lost a player for the rest of the season, but we managed to win the game 1-3.
When Burnley came to visit us we won the game 3-1. As you may know, to make a comparison in this case I take a team that went down last year and it was Middlesbrough I had to take and we won that game 2-0.
The last game I’m going to take in account is our 2-1 win in Hull. Last year we won 3-1 so we got as much points there as last season.
So here we are after 30 games. And here’s one really exciting piece of information…
We have scored 71 goals so far this season and last season we scored 68 goals in the whole season.
In the same fixtures last season we 49 goals. This means that in those games we scored 22 goals more than last season. So we have done a lot of cheering already this season and still some games to come. We conceded 33 goals so far and last year this was 35 after those games. So this is also a bit better than last year.
But at the end it is mostly the points that count and now we have 64 points and last year after those games we had 54 points. Obviously this means 10 points more.
Here’s another key factor…
Last year we won 20 games in total and at this point of the season we have already won 20 games.
So I think we have done rather well this season so far and the most important thing is that we are only 2 points behind the leaders for the moment and we are in full contention for the title. We all know that we have to win almost all our games we have to play to clinch the title.
Impossible ? Nothing is impossible. Arsène Wenger has done it before, winning the last 13 games to win the title, and as long as players and the fans have the believe we can do it.
I believe, yes we can.