By Bulldog Drummond.
Part one of the preview was published yesterday under the exciting and vibrant headline “They won’t park the bus, they’ll bring the whole bus station.”
Now just before I jump into the automobile and spend a couple of hours telling people who had planned to spend three days at the in-laws but felt they couldn’t stand it any more and got all the kids into the car and are getting away from the neo-fascist grandfather who is still using vocabulary that was made illegal in 1966 as soon as they can on the grounds that one of the little ones is not feeling well, that they only need one lane to drive in, and zigzagging left and right because the co-pilot thinks that the next lane is moving faster, is not a clever idea, a few more bits of statistical whatnot to round it up, here’s the rest of the preview.
Arsenal have only lost to WBA three times in 20 PL games and have lost just one of the last 11 games against West Brom. Arsenal have scored in every single one of those games.
Here’s some of the results taken from a series in which we have won 69 and lost only 37, and most of those defeats came in the Ancient Times.
|05 May 1984||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||1-3||League Division One|
|15 Dec 1984||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||4-0||League Division One|
|11 May 1985||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||D||2-2||League Division One|
|23 Nov 1985||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||D||0-0||League Division One|
|26 Apr 1986||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||D||2-2||League Division One|
|27 Aug 2002||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||5-2||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2002||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|16 Dec 2003||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-2||League Cup|
|20 Nov 2004||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||D||1-1||Premier League|
|02 May 2005||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
|15 Oct 2005||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|15 Apr 2006||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||3-1||Premier League|
|24 Oct 2006||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-2||League Cup|
|16 Aug 2008||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||1-0||Premier League|
|03 Mar 2009||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League|
|22 Sep 2009||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||2-0||League Cup|
|25 Sep 2010||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||L||2-3||Premier League|
|19 Mar 2011||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|05 Nov 2011||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||3-0||Premier League|
|13 May 2012||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||2-3||Premier League|
|08 Dec 2012||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||2-0||Premier League|
|06 Apr 2013||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|25 Sep 2013||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||1-1||League Cup|
|06 Oct 2013||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|04 May 2014||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||1-0||Premier League|
|29 Nov 2014||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|24 May 2015||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||4-1||Premier League|
|21 Nov 2015||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|21 Apr 2016||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||2-0||Premier League|
That’s one defeat in the last 12 which is not bad. And one other factoid, the last time the teams met on 26 December WBA took the lead and then threw it away for Arsenal to win 2-1.
Now as you will know we have just had a couple of duff results. But we haven’t lost three games in the same month since January 2012.
|21||15.01.2012||Swansea City||away||L 2-3||5|
|22||22.01.2012||Manchester United||home||L 1-2||5|
Of course such a set of results caused howls of derision and quite a few heart attacks among the aaa who refused to read Untold’s unique “How to keep your blood pressure under control when hating Arsene Wenger no matter what” advisory pamphlet.
But it is interesting to see what came next after those three defeats.
|23||01.02.2012||Bolton Wanderers||away||D 0-0||7|
|24||04.02.2012||Blackburn Rovers||home||W 7-1||5|
|26||26.02.2012||Tottenham Hotspur||home||W 5-2||4|
|28||12.03.2012||Newcastle United||home||W 2-1||4|
|30||24.03.2012||Aston Villa||home||W 3-0||3|
Just goes to show – it is rather hard to predict the next result on the basis of the last result – but please never tell the aaa this, as it will spoil their whole raison d’être.
Anyway, we are unbeaten in the last seven Premier League home matches. That’s not bad.
As for WBA they have lost two of their last three league matches. They have also conceded at least one goal in every one of their last 14 Premier League games except one (when they beat Burnley).
Here’s a possible line up.
Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal
Walcott Ozil Iwobi
Making sandcastles and throwing stones on the beach: Ospina, Gibbs, Holding, Elneny, Ramsey, Pérez, Giroud. Again I am still leaving Jenkinson out, simply because I have no information on how he is doing. For Ramsey it might be a bit too soon for this sort of game in which case Le Jeff might get a place.
Finally here’s a list of the top Premier League goal scorers of the moment complete with full names and accents courtesy of Supersport.com
|Position||Full name even if very long||Club||Goals|
|1||Diego Da Silva Costa||Chelsea Soviet||13|
|2||Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez||Arsenal||12|
|3||Zlatan Ibrahimović||Manchester United||11|
|4||Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo||Manchester Airport||10|
|5||Romelu Lukaku Menama||Everton||9|
|6||Christian Benteke Liolo||Fat Sam’s Palace||8|
|7||Eden Hazard||Chelsea Soviet||8|
|11||Harry Kane||Tiny Totts||7|
|12||José Salomón Rondón Giménez||West Bromwich||7|
Not bad – two in the top ten. The only other team to achieve that are the Soviets.
Have a good Boxing Day, and drive safe (if driving that is).
And from the History Society
- How the media always knocks Arsenal, but ignores England’s failures.
- Left has never been stronger at Arsenal FC!
- The seven main things that are wrong with football in England
- 2022-23 WSL Arsenal v Spurs – Match Preview – part 2 comments from the manager and team news
- 2022-23 WSL Arsenal v Spurs – Match Preview – part 1 the head to head record and comments on Spurs summer signings