The constant attempts at undermining Arsene Wenger have now geared up to another level as the bloggettas and their feeder newspapers are now tending to ignore the fact there is a game coming up and instead focus on attacking the manager. The Guardian has been doing this for months, and now others are joining in.
The Express has “Arsenal stars must tell Arsene Wenger they want to leave the club” reporting a comment apparently said by Charlie Nicholas. Meanwhile in a rather desperate reinterpretation of an everyday commentary on how the new members of the transfer team are settling in, we get the Daily Mail’s puppet site saying, “Wenger bristles at the Colney power shift, here’s what’s happening,” in a story that rather looks as if it were nicked from “Wenger takes subtle swipe at Arsenal’s new head of recruitment” in the Teamtalk bloggetta.
Meanwhile (again) the increasingly odd Daily Canon are still complaining about the sale of Szczesny. And apparently Arsenal fans are still crying about his departure, forgetting perhaps the reason why.
Oh yes and Theo wants to go to Italy but Arsenal are asking £30m for him.
On a more positive front Gooner Daily says, “I feel that something needs to be done about these referees and their terrible officiating in the Premier League”. Every thought in that direction is welcome.
As a result of all this there is little focus on the fact that Arsenal still have games to play including a match in the FA Cup thing that we often seem to win.
The current injury news ahead of the game against Forest shows not much change from midweek, and although physioroom is not showing anything for Xhaka there are some reports to the effect that Xhaka also is injured (not that he would necessarily have played even if fit.
Here’s the list
|Man down||What happened||When’s he back||Available?|
|S Kolasinac||Ankle Injury||January 14, 2018||No|
|L Koscielny||Achilles Injury||January 10, 2018||Slight Doubt|
|N Monreal||Ankle Injury||January 20, 2018||No|
|O Giroud||Hamstring Injury||January 14, 2018||No|
|A Ramsey||Hamstring Injury||January 10, 2018||No|
|S Cazorla||Plantaris Injury||No Return Date||No|
Of that list Santi (as always) is illegible whether fit or not, and the only one from the list who would have played if fit is Giroud. So when it comes down to it, one man is out.
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We saw in the earlier post that Forest are struggling in the league generally. When we look at their home form we find a singular lack of interest in drawing. It’s seven wins and six defeats, with the same number of goals scored as conceded.
|Pos||Team (home form only)||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts|
|12||Queens Park Rangers||13||6||4||3||19||16||3||22|
Forest have in fact lost both of their last two games at home and what’s worse lost both of them without scoring (0-3 to Sheffield Wednesday and 0-1 to Sunderland).
Arsenal away is no better – although of course in a more demanding league, and we are in the top half of the table – just.
Nevertheless the fact is that Forest have not won any of their last five while Arsenal are now nine games unbeaten in all competitions:
|07 Dec 2017||Arsenal v FC BATE Borisov||W||6-0||Europa League|
|10 Dec 2017||Southampton v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|13 Dec 2017||West Ham United v Arsenal||D||0-0||Premier League|
|16 Dec 2017||Arsenal v Newcastle United||W||1-0||Premier League|
|19 Dec 2017||Arsenal v West Ham United||W||1-0||League Cup|
|22 Dec 2017||Arsenal v Liverpool||D||3-3||Premier League|
|28 Dec 2017||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||W||2-3||Premier League|
|31 Dec 2017||West Brom v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|03 Jan 2018||Arsenal v Chelsea||D||2-2||Premier League|
Overall we’ve played Forest 98 times. Arsenal have won 50, Forest 26 and 22 have ended in draws. In the last 14 games Forest have just won once – a 2-1 win at the City ground on 21 December 1996. Since then we have had four games with them:
|08 Mar 1997||Arsenal v Nottingham Forest||W||2-0||Premier League|
|17 Aug 1998||Arsenal v Nottingham Forest||W||2-1||Premier League|
|16 Jan 1999||Nottingham Forest v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|20 Sep 2016||Nottingham Forest v Arsenal||W||0-4||League Cup|
So the prognostications look ok. We’ll look at the teams and some the rather interesting way that the FA (who after all run the cup) treat Arsenal.
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