13 responses

  1. Pete

    Hmm. As we believe Taylor is a closet MU fan surely he would want MC to lose? Ditto PIGMOB? this could be very interesting!

  2. para

    Let’s not even imagine City will be tired, they will want to qualify for CL without playoffs, that said, why should their manager care? He is not there next season. Players also do not know who will be there next season. Also interesting.

    Hope ManC have bitten themselves in the foot by announcing Pep too early. Ha!!! 🙂

    Still we cannot rely on anything other than ourselves to beat them.

    Lets wish that this(your comment) is true eh? 🙂

  3. SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    Arsenal have had a poor outings on the roads in their big away games so far this season. They have collected only 2 points in the 4 big away games they’ve played and have dropped10 points in the process.

    It will be hard for a die hard Arsenal supporter like myself to put my hand on my chest and declare with confidence that Arsenal will beat Man City at the Etihad on Sunday evening.

    But haven said this. My hope is, the Boss will make a starts that will claim Arsenal only big game away win this season.

    The Boss had talked about Leicester City high intensity productive counter attacking football which had delivered the BPL title to them as an eye opener as against the beautiful to watch possession based attacking football of Arsenal that has failed to win the title for 3 seasons in a row.

    Arsenal have failed to win the title this season because Arsenal main striker has failed to be consistent in his delivering the goods for Arsenal. The pattern of his inconsistency is not new to the Boss. But he didn’t take any action over it. As if to compound the issue, Sanchez form got dipped after he returned from his injuries. While Welbeck goals scoring form has remained on the very average level for Arsenal when he came back from his injury too. Arsenal midfielders scored about 40 goals last season. How many goals have they scored this season? Less than 20? Our defense line I think have scored only 5 goals this season as against over 10 goals they scored last season. This imbalances in goals scoring in-between the lines of the Gunners has cost Arsenal winning the title this season.

  4. Matthew


    I haven’t found Arsenal’s football beautiful to watch. I found it very dull and unproductive this season. When we were at our absolute title-winning peak, we dominated possession but we moved the ball forward very sharply, accurately and quickly and didn’t waste passes and over-elaborate. The Vardy goal against West Ham when they went from back to front in a few seconds is the sort of goal that we used to score, especially in the run-in of 1998 and 2002.

  5. Pat

    I’m always a bit nervous about Antony Taylor because I think it was the season before last he totally turned us over in the first match of the season. That was one of Arsene Wenger’s ‘special circumstances’ matches.

  6. WalterBroeckx

    sorry but the Palace match did cost us another 2 points.
    A blatant penalty foul on Koscielny not given and that would have given us 2 goals against 1.
    So I count this as 2 points lost because of the PGMO

  7. Mandy Dodd

    Good point Pete.
    As for those rare and elusive things known as penalties, don’t worry, will get one against Villa, just hope our players remember how to take then. Might need to play Arteta for that game

  8. Brickfields Gunners

    Lets hope that the disappointment of being knocked out in the CL semi finals , along with the uncertainties of the upcoming changes of players, management staff and playing styles combine to render them easy prey for an assault by us.

    Hope we put up a good showing while the other results work in our favour .

  9. Andrew Crawshaw

    Walter, you are quite correct, East did cost us two points which are included in the table. My error in the writing the summary which I should have written as:-

    “Only one wrong Important Decision but an important one. In Min24 Delaney clearly fouled Kos in the penalty ares. Needless to say nothing was given so the game ended one all instead of (probably) two one to Arsenal. Two points to the referees.”

  10. Josif

    If I were the manager, I would keep Wilshere on the bench. Taylor seems to have a personal agenda against Jack as his performances in our matches against Sunderland (2012-13) and Aston Villa (2013-14) prove as Jack was kicked all over the place without any protection from the ref.

    Speaking about City and the refs, we won last season at Etihad with Dean in charge (!!!) and we got a penalty (!!!!!!!!!!). If we give our best performance as we did against United at home, Taylor will be reduced to a role of the powerless bystander with a whistle.

  11. nicky

    I wonder what the effect these critical reports on referees will have on the individuals concerned. Just before an Arsenal game. Match officials are only human and it just seems to me that many would regard criticism as highly personal rather than constructive.
    That is not to say that this form of reporting should cease. Merely that the treatment of Arsenal on the field of play by incompetent or corrupt officials might well be effected by this form of criticism.

  12. Pete

    MU have just beaten Norwich so are one behind MC. As AFC’s last game is at home to Villa MU’s best chance of sneaking into that super-valuable CL spot is for MC to stumble… As if the local rivalry wasn’t significant enough.

    Funnily enough, the appointed referee lives around the corner from Old Trafford. Strange, that.

    I have a suspicion that we may see a positive tilt at long last.

  13. Gord

    I don’t believe for a moment, that unexpected performances are solely random factors. Mike Riley 😈 just seems to set on doing what he can to “put the right result” on the books. FA with their tilting via disciplinary decisions.

    AV has been in the EPL since the beginning. Their average finish 52.4 points, and the standard deviation on that is about 9.4 points. The last time they finished above their own average, was 2008/09. Just eyeballing their record, you would say they were more or less constant from 1992/93 out to about 2003/04, and since then they might have been slowly drifting down.

    If we say that they should finish about 52 points, they are currently not quite 4 standard deviations below that. If they have been drifting down since 2004, then it may be closer to 3 standard deviations off expectations. In any event, observing data points 3 standard deviations off expected is not too unusual. It is nowhere near things like 6 SD off.

    The position of the relegation cut, is something like a mini-league all unto itself, averaging performances among different teams, and hence should have less variance than a single team. The cut has averaged 34.3 points, with a standard deviation of about 5.2. The quoted warning level of 40, is about 1 SD above the average.

    The last position has had an average of 27.5, with a SD of 6.4. Which lends some credence to my suggestion that the position of the cut should have less variance. And this expected point level for last, is slightly less than 3 SD below the long term finish of Aston Villa.

    If we look at Leicester this year, their finish is almost exactly the same number of SD above Aston Villa’s average finish (slightly less than 3 SD). Leicester has only been in the EPL 8 years, and eyeballing their record while in the EPL, it could easily be consistent with an average of 52 (Aston Villa’s expected finish).

    It is more likely that Leicester’s expected finish to be near the cut, at 34.3. Which is more than 4.5 SD (Aston Villa’s SD) above the expectation. And Leicester can still finish higher than 78, which is making this outlier less and less likely to be due to random factors. And then one sees the penalty data, and you can see the work of Riley.

    In any event, I think the EPL is a league of 13-14 teams that have an expectation of about 52 points for a season, with 6-7 teams that should (on average) finish above that. I don’t believe this top 6-7 has a single expectation, I think their could easily be 3 different expectations in that group.

    It’s been a statistically interesting year, especially since PGMO have made Leicester’s performance so unlikely.

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