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May 2021

Stoke v Arsenal: team news, just how awful is our defence and some historic videos


By Bulldog Drummond

First off, Ladbrokes are sponsoring Arsenal Fan TV.  If you have any thoughts that perhaps Arsenal Fan TV is not something that you like, and you fancy a bet, you might care to avoid Ladbrokes.  Totally up to you of course, but just a thought.

Moving on Untold Arsenal confirmed this week there has been no progress over talks with journalists with a view to moving them away from wild fantasy and total make believe in their reporting of Arsenal so far this season.

And we have some breaking news from the wonderful Daily Excess.   We are about to sell Mustafi to an Italian club.  Thought you would like to know.

Right onto the preview…

Olivier Giroud’s winner against Leicester in the opening game was his 99th goal for Arsenal.  If somehow against all predictions by the media he can get one more goal at any time during the entire season he will become only the 19th player to get 100 goals for Arsenal.

Meanwhile if Alexandre Lacazette scores he would be the first Arsenal player to score in both of his opening two Premier League appearances for the club.

On the team news we have Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and Francis Coquelin all available.  Here is the injury list and once again it is very disappointing for Arsenal as we still can’t get up to the top of the injury league as we are supposed to be every minutes of every day of every… well you know.  You can read all the details here

# TEAM Men Down Last man down What went wrong
1 Watford 9 T Hoban ACL Knee Injury
2 Everton 6 S Ramirez Heel Injury
3 Liverpool 5 P Coutinho Back Injury
4 Crystal Palace 4 W Zaha Knee Injury
5 Manchester United 4 A Young Hamstring Injury
6 Tottenham Hotspur 4 G N’Koudou Foot
7 Bournemouth 4 S Francis Hamstring Injury
8 Swansea City 4 L Britton Back Injury
9 Huddersfield Town 4 M Cranie Hip Injury
10 Stoke City 3 J Ngoy Thigh Strain
11 Manchester City 3 S Nasri Neck Injury
12 West Ham United 3 M Lanzini Knee Injury
13 Chelsea 3 Pedro Ankle Injury
14 West Bromwich Albion 3 J Evans Tight Hamstring
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 3 I Brown Hamstring Injury
16 Newcastle United 3 F Lejeune Ankle Injury
17 Leicester City 3 K Iheanacho Toe Injury
18 Arsenal 2 A Sanchez Abdominal Injury
19 Burnley 1 D Marney ACL Knee Injury
20 Southampton 1 R Bertrand Knock

Our men out are Alexis as above, Santi Caz of course, and Laurent Koscielny serving the last game of his suspension.

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In its preview today the BBC says,

“Amongst the dramatic headlines of their four goals against Leicester, it took just 90 minutes for the familiar defensive questions to be posed.   Whether Stoke can probe them further remains to be seen.”

This theme is developed further with a thing called “LAWRO’S PREDICTION” in which an alien entity gives a view of what will happen.   It says, “Arsenal only just got through their topsy-turvy game against Leicester and are not always great away from home.”

Now we must consider this: Arsenal are not always great away from home.  And “They have also struggled at Stoke in the past”.

Let us analyse further.  Here is Arsenal’s away form last season…

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Chelsea 19 13 3 3 30 16 14 42
2 Manchester City 19 12 2 5 43 22 21 38
3 Manchester United 19 10 5 4 28 17 11 35
4 Liverpool 19 10 5 4 33 24 9 35
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 9 6 4 39 17 22 33
6 Arsenal 19 9 3 7 38 28 10 30

Not the best, but hardly the worst.  We won more than we lost, we scored more than we conceded.  So what is this “not always great away” stuff?

Maybe we should consider Stoke at home last season.   Stoke at home did win more than they lost – but only by one game.  And they had a goal difference of nothing.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 19 17 2 0 47 9 38 53
2 Chelsea 19 17 0 2 55 17 38 51
3 Arsenal 19 14 3 2 39 16 23 45
4 Everton 19 13 4 2 42 16 26 43
5 Liverpool 19 12 5 2 45 18 27 41
6 Manchester City 19 11 7 1 37 17 20 40
7 Manchester United 19 8 10 1 26 12 14 34
8 Leicester City 19 10 4 5 31 25 6 34
9 Burnley 19 10 3 6 26 20 6 33
10 AFC Bournemouth 19 9 4 6 35 29 6 31
11 West Bromwich Albion 19 9 2 8 27 22 5 29
12 Watford 19 8 4 7 25 29 -4 28
13 Hull City 19 8 4 7 28 35 -7 28
14 Stoke City 19 7 6 6 24 24 0 27

Thus the story is we are rubbish but this might help alleviate the worries…

Or we might consider the last five games between the two teams…

Date Game Res Score
11 Jan 2015 Arsenal v Stoke City W 3-0
12 Sep 2015 Arsenal v Stoke City W 2-0
17 Jan 2016 Stoke City v Arsenal D 0-0
10 Dec 2016 Arsenal v Stoke City W 3-1
13 May 2017 Stoke City v Arsenal W 1-4
    Here’s another video in case you are still not convinced…

In fact we could win seven consecutive league fixtures for the first time since an eight-match winning run from February to April 2015 – which when you think about it is not bad for a club that simply cannot defend.   And we have not been beaten in the first away game of the season in the last eight years.

More in the morning…

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7 comments to Stoke v Arsenal: team news, just how awful is our defence and some historic videos

  • Dom

    Really looking forward to the match. Mentioned on previous post that i had been looking at the Arsenal team training, sixteen photos no less, but can not find one with the Ox. Any views ?

  • Andy Mack

    Are you suggesting we use Skybet, Sky Casino or William Hill who always have interfering adverts on untold?
    I’ll give them and Ladbrokes a miss thanks…

  • MickHazel

    I wouldn’t entertain Paddy Power either, he is far to friendly with arch Arsenal hater Durham on Talkshite.

  • MickHazel

    Merson has finally cracked up.
    He says Arsenal have missed out by not signing Gareth Barry!!!!

  • Actually Andy I don’t gamble at all, so I am not suggesting, but in terms of the ads, I do need the money to pay for the defences that we have had to put in place, which in essence means having this site on a server all of its own, with extra protections. Even then, as you know, we go down on occasion.

  • Goonermikey

    So which team is “always great away”? It’s sheer nonsense.

  • Menace

    Tony – defence does not mean supporting unsavoury gambling entities. These people only allow you to gamble as long as you lose. If you start a winning streak they curtail your stake or block you completely. There is nothing open & fair about these bookmakers.