by Tony Attwood
Arsenal’s league performance at home thus far this season is everything those of us lucky enough to have season tickets could ask for…
In terms of home matches only the results look like this…
Concerning away form Huddersfield are struggling having won one, drawn one, and lost four. They have scored three goals in their six away games – one in every other game. This compares with the table above for Arsenal at home in which we are shown to have scored 2.5 goals in every game at the Ems in the League.
So roughly speaking we let in one goal in two games, and they score one goal in two games. Combine those two and the chances of them scoring is quite small. On the other hand they concede roughly two goals a game – which again seems to confirm the result. We’ll win 4-0. Except of course as we all know it never works out like that.
|14||West Bromwich Albion||7||1||2||4||4||9||-5||5|
|18||West Ham United||7||0||3||4||5||15||-10||3|
Huddersfield Town started in the league with some great results and got three wins and a draw in the first four games of the season, but since then have found times harder…
|1 Sep 2017||West Ham v Huddersfield Town||L||2-0||Premier League|
|16 Sep 2017||Huddersfield Town v Leicester City||D||1-1||Premier League|
|19 Sep 2017||Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town||L||1-0||League Cup|
|23 Sep 2017||Burnley v Huddersfield Town||D||0-0||Premier League|
|30 Sep 2017||Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hot||L||0-4||Premier League|
|14 Oct 2017||Swansea City v Huddersfield Town||L||2-0||Premier League|
|21 Oct 2017||Huddersfield Town v Manchester Utd||W||2-1||Premier League|
|28 Oct 2017||Liverpool v Huddersfield Town||L||3-0||Premier League|
|04 Nov 2017||Huddersfield Town v West Brom||W||1-0||Premier League|
|18 Nov 2017||Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town||L||4-0||Premier League|
|26 Nov 2017||Huddersfield Town v Manchester City||L||1-2||Premier League|
They have beaten West Brom and Man U, and indeed only went down 1-2 to Manchester City, but these were just the odd moments of hope from a period of decline.
And there is one other factor that we also know about Arsenal at home – how we have done in non-PL games thus far at the Ems. It turns out to be three more wins and a draw.
|14 Sep 2017||Arsenal v 1.FC Köln||W||3-1||Europa League|
|20 Sep 2017||Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers||W||1-0||League Cup|
|24 Oct 2017||Arsenal v Norwich City||W||2-1||League Cup|
|02 Nov 2017||Arsenal v Crvena Zvezda||D||0-0||Europa League|
So what do we know thus far about the teams?
Jack Wilshere could get his first start in the league, and Mohamed Elneny and Ashley Maitland-Niles could be included as we face the first situation in which members of the Arsenal I squad are required to play two games in one week.
We are told Mesut Ozil will again be missing, and Alex Iwobi might be given another chance. Danny Welbeck could play on the wing however instead. Alexandre Lacazette is not normally being used to play a full game, even when playing just one game a week, so I wonder if he might be rested and Olivier Giroud is given a chance to start.
Physioroom is showing us still with two injuries (Santi Caz and Ozil) which means Theo must be recovered. I can’t see him starting but he could be on the beach.
All the signs are looking good, and indeed if you fancy going to the match there are still tickets available on Arsenal.com. I won’t be able to make it as my flight back to Manchester airport is at a most inconvenient time (hence the need to start the match previews early). But still, I can’t complain although it is a pain not being able to sell my ticket through ticket exchange.
However it was another gorgeous sunny day today in Cyprus and more dance party events are planned for tonight and our last night tomorrow.
But enough of that. Here’s one thought to keep us jolly. So far this season Arsenal have had 100 more shots than Huddersfield.
- Why do football pundits wear jackets and ties?
- “It probably is a penalty but it was never not going to be given.”
- Clubs are showing signs of fighting back at journalists
- Are Arsenal really making progress, or are we starting to slip back?
- Luton 3 Arsenal 4: maybe it is time to say positive things
- Luton v Arsenal – the referee, the team, Saka and Cliff Bastin
- Luton Town – how do they play the game. The tackles, fouls and cards.