Liverpool! v Arsenal: the facts, the figures, and the other bits that we made up.

By Bulldog Drummond

Shall we begin with the injuries, since Arsenal are always pretty nearly top as you will know if you listen to TalkSport.   And yes it is pretty much still true – if you hold the list upside down.

1 Hull City 12 D Mbokani Hamstring
2 Sunderland 10 V Mannone Illness
3 Crystal Palace 7 L Remy Muscular
4 Watford 7 C Kabasele Hip Injury
5 Stoke City 5 G Johnson Achilles
6 Southampton 5 V van Dijk Ankle Injury
7 Tiny Totts 5 H Kane Knock
8 Liverpool! 5 J Henderson Bruised Foot
9 Manchester City 4 A Kolarov Knock
10 State Aid 4 A Carroll Groin Injury
11 Burnley 4 J Gudmundsson Knee Ligament
12 Bournemouth 4 J Ibe Knee Injury
13 Everton 3 D Calvert-Lewin Ankle Injury
14 Manchester Utd 3 H Mkhitaryan Hamstring
15 Swansea City 3 N Dyer Achilles Injury
16 Middlesbrough 3 C Chambers Foot
17 Arsenal 2 M Elneny Ankle Injury
18 West Bromwich 2 C Dawson Concussion
19 Leicester City 1 M Wague Shoulder
20 Chelsea 0

Elneny has done his ankle and Santi is out.  Mesut Ozil is said to be unwell.

Which means we have Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny, available, along with Danny Welbeck who played in an under 23 game instead of against Sutton.  Giroud is back too.

Playing for the under 23s tonight we have  Martinez, Jenkinson, Debuchy, Sheaf, Bramall, McGuane, Nelson, Malen, Dragomir, Willock, Sanogo, so none of those will be included in the Liverpool game.   Jenkinson and Debuchy have to find their way back to form on what looks like being a rather soggy beach.

Speaking of the under 23s here is something rather nice from our friends at FFDTV

Preview YouTube video Goal by Arsenal FC baller Reiss Nelson vs Chelsea FC U23s

Goal by Arsenal FC Reiss Nelson vs Chelsea FC U23s

Preview YouTube video Arsenal FC 15 Year Old Highly Rated Winger Reiss Nelson

Arsenal FC 15 Year Old Highly Rated Winger Reiss Nelson

Preview YouTube video Superb goal by 16 year old Arsenal FC baller Reiss Nelson vs Chelsea FC U23s

Superb goal by 16 year old Arsenal FC baller Reiss Nelson vs Chelsea FC U23s
Meanwhile the Premier League top scorers chart going into this game runs as
Rank Player Club Goals
1. Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 17
1. Romelu Lukaku Everton 17
1. Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 17
4. Diego Costa Chelsea 16
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United 15
6. Jermain Defoe Sunderland 14
7. Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur 12
8. Sergio Agüero Manchester City 11
8. Sadio Mané Liverpool! 11
10. Eden Hazard Chelsea 10
11. Christian Benteke Crystal Palace 9
11. Fernando Llorente Swansea City 9
13. Michail Antonio West Ham United 8
13. Roberto Firmino Liverpool! 8
13. Troy Deeney Watford 8
13. Olivier Giroud Arsenal 8
13. Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City 8
13. Theo Walcott Arsenal 8
19. Joshua King Bournemouth 7
19. Adam Lallana Liverpool! 7
Liverpool have managed to get three players in the top 20, along with Arsenal, while Chelsea and Tottenham have two while the rest by and large are dependent on single scoring forwards.
If we look at the table of home games we find Liverpool in sixth place
1 Chelsea 13 12 0 1 36 8 +28 36
2 Tottenham 13 11 2 0 30 5 +25 35
3 Arsenal 13 9 2 2 26 13 +13 29
4 Burnley 14 9 2 3 22 12 +10 29
5 Everton 13 8 4 1 27 10 +17 28
6 Liverpool! 12 8 3 1 31 11 +20 27

While the away games table gives us

1 Manchester City 13 9 0 4 28 16 +12 27
2 Chelsea 13 8 3 2 19 11 +8 27
3 Manchester Utd 12 7 3 2 19 12 +7 24
4 Liverpool! 14 6 4 4 24 22 +2 22
5 Arsenal 12 6 3 3 28 15 +13 21

Liverpool! at home clearly outscore Arsenal away, but Arsenal’s goalscoring record away from home is the best in the league this season, and we have only scored three fewer away from home than Liverpool have scored at home.

Liverpool! have had something of a grotty run of late in league and cup.

Date Comp Home team Score Away Team
25/01/17 Lge C Liverpool! 0-1 Southampton
28/01/17 FAC Liverpool! 1 – 2 Wolverhampton …
31/01/17 PRL Liverpool! 1 – 1 Chelsea
04/02/17 PRL Hull City 2 – 0 Liverpool!
11/02/17 PRL Liverpool! 2 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur
27/02/17 PRL Leicester City 3 – 1 Liverpool!

Arsenal results

Date Comp Home team Score Away team
28/01/17 FAC Southampton 0-5 Arsenal
31/01/17 PRL Arsenal 1 – 2 Watford
04/02/17 PRL Chelsea 3 – 1 Arsenal
11/02/17 PRL Arsenal 2 – 0 Hull City
15/02/17 UCL Bayern München 5 – 1 Arsenal
20/02/17 FAC Sutton United 0 – 2 Arsenal

So that is three wins for Arsenal, and three defeats which is hardly the best sort of form that we have seen from the club, while for Liverpool it is one win, one draw and four defeats.  In these games the goals for and against read as

  • Liverpool scored 5 conceded 9,
  • Arsenal scored 12, conceded 10.

For Liverpool! it has been five years and six days since they last won a trophy – that being the League Cup.  For Arsenal it is 1 year and 277 days, that being the FA Cup.

There is one other point of interest that has arisen today, in that in the light of recent form it is suggested Liverpool! should change their name to Liverpool?

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10 Replies to “Liverpool! v Arsenal: the facts, the figures, and the other bits that we made up.”

  1. Mesut is unwell, eh? There was a blurb at The Sun (who always tell the truth, snicker, snicker). Mesut is now engaged to be married.

    Congratulations (if true)!

    I hope he gets well soon.

  2. Who is he getting married to? Is it his German girlfriend who lived with him in London but later left him and went back Germany, or is it the Miss Turkey he was reported to have traveled to Turkey to meet her when Arsenal played against Sutton?

  3. Good luck to them, think,we,can and will win this one.
    Wonder if Utd will continue to confound the offside laws for the rest of the season?

  4. Adrian Clarke says: “a 4-3-1-2” so deal with Liverpool.

    I hear rumors of an Arsenal “secret gun” speak weapon, but maybe that’s for Bayern?

    This is the moment where we say, it cant get any worse and damm i wont let it. Players? Listen up!

  5. Anyway, i was wondering if it was coincidence that Kos was injured so early in the Bayern game.

    I knew there was something niggling at the back of my mind!

  6. OT: Former soccer player Paul James (Canada WC 1986 and other, born in Cardiff, Wales)

    I suppose a long time ago, I wrote Paul James an email. The hard disk which might have records of that, is not readable. Today, I got a rather strange email, supposedly from Paul James. Or rather, I got a cc, the email was addressed to an editor of a national newspaper in Canada, and has attachments.

    Wikipedia has an article on him. He at one time was bought to fix games, and was caught and punished. That I knew. I guess after he left York University (football manager), he wrote a book about being addicted to cocaine. This was new to me.

    Anyone else get a copy of this email? What should a person do about it? I just filed it in another folder.

  7. Player of the month

    I see that Alexis got the February Player of the Month award. He now has 4 awards this season, and I believe that at best there are 3 players who can only tie him this season. Congratulations to Alexis!

    But I am not a monster.

    Or so says the headline at WorldFootball. Who is talking? Why, the moaning one who was at Chelsea.

    I notice that the article does not ask any relative of the moaning one if he is a monster. You would think they would have valuable insight into this possibility.

    I still think it is a monster.

    Here’s hoping the moaners don’t come out tomorrow.


  8. Alexis needs some more goals, the others are catching up. I want him to be top scorer in UK this season.

  9. I dispute the part about our last trophy. Our last trophy was Community Shield in August 2015.

    In the last nine league trips to Anfield our record is pretty decent: W3D5L1. It should have been better as we conceded a last minute or so equalizer in three of those five draws (including the last two) but it also could have been worse as we scored a late equalizer ourselves and sneaked one of those three victories in the injury-time.

    Giroud has scored three goals in his last two trips to Anfield.

    Arsene’s record at Klopp’s soil: W1D1L1.

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