Arsenal v Watford, trouble at the London, and the home and away comparisons

By Bulldog Drummond

Our piece about West Ham fans and the way they were seen by the media as being split, while Arsenal fans are treated as a unity of anti-Wengerianism, seems to have been apposite as the news broke of violence and protest at the so-called London Stadium.   So the story rattles around the world: violence at the London Stadium, as if it is some sort of national institution rather than a present from the long suffering tax payers of the UK to a club that can hardly be said to deserve it.

There have been worries at the old Olympic ground about security there from day one, but the owners have been left to do it their own way – and now finally they have been ejected from their “own” ground (which tax paying mugs like me were fooled by Boris Johnson into giving it to them).  A certain irony in that.

I suspect any punishment given to the club for running a bawdy house will be minimal, and violence as a spectator sport will be allowed to continue undisturbed.   But let us never forget Karren Brady’s infamous statement:

Together, we have built (sic) a magnificent new home. A home that rightly stands alongside the very best in world football and a home that I know you will be every bit as proud of as I am.

Be in no doubt, we are part of the most successful stadium migration in history. David Sullivan, David Gold and I have always believed in the West Ham fanbase and our faith was certainly not misplaced.

Can I do that again?

David Sullivan, David Gold and I have always believed in the West Ham fanbase and our faith was certainly not misplaced.

The sheer and disgraceful audacity of that opening statement still knocks me flat.  For “we’ve built a new home” read, “Blithering Boris, the pathetically stupid government and its mindless tax payers have given us a new home and we’ve grabbed it with both of our grubby little fists.”

But then, I’m a Londoner, and I care about this stuff.

Anyway, moving on let’s not shy away from looking Arsenal’s last ten games…

Date Match Result Score Competition
24 Jan Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 League Cup
30 Jan Swansea City v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
03 Feb Arsenal v Everton W 5-1 Premier League
10 Feb Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
15 Feb Östersunds FK v Arsenal W 0-3 Europa League
22 Feb Arsenal v Östersunds FK L 1-2 Europa League
25 Feb Arsenal v Manchester City L 0-3 League Cup
01 Mar Arsenal v Manchester City L 0-3 Premier League
04 Mar Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
08 Mar AC Milan v Arsenal W 0-2 Europa League

Of course four wins in ten is not what we want or expect but we have to get over it and really hope that the display against Milan was the turning point.  We scored 15 goals in those ten – and that needs to rise.  And it certainly will need to rise today give who we have a referee

So let us compare that with the last ten of Watford…

Date Match Result Score Competition
02 Jan Manchester City v Watford L 3-1 Premier League
06 Jan Watford v Bristol City W 3-0 FA Cup
13 Jan Watford v Southampton D 2-2 Premier League
20 Jan Leicester City v Watford L 2-0 Premier League
27 Jan Southampton v Watford L 1-0 FA Cup
31 Jan Stoke City v Watford D 0-0 Premier League
05 Feb Watford v Chelsea W 4-1 Premier League
10 Feb West Ham United v Watford L 2-0 Premier League
24 Feb Watford v Everton W 1-0 Premier League
03 Mar Watford v West Bromwich Albion W 1-0 Premier League

Turns out they too have won four of their last ten games, but their record is a little better than ours having also picked up a couple of draws along the way.  They have scored 12 across those games – mostly against Chelsea.

That win over Chelsea was the highlight of their season and it came in Javi Gracia’s first home game so made it quite a story.  But we must remember that by and large Watford had 12 men with Tiemoue Bakayoko forgetting which team he was playing for.  Indeed I rather suspect he was ordered to start committing disgraceful red card offences just to get him off the pitch quickly.

Prior to that game Watford had won just one game in 12 in the Premier League, and they were certainly aided by the referee when Deulofeu fell to the ground at the sight of Courtois approaching.   Deeney scored the penalty.

This was the game in which Olivier Giroud toddled on to make his debut; he must have been wondering what he had let himself in for.

Anyway, the Arsenal at home table looks like this

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 15 14 1 0 51 10 41 43
2 Manchester United 14 11 2 1 31 6 25 35
3 Tottenham Hotspur 15 10 4 1 31 9 22 34
4 Liverpool 15 9 6 0 33 10 23 33
5 Arsenal 14 10 2 2 36 17 19 32

We’ve slipped to 5th in this table but a win against Watford would take us back to fifth where we have been for much of the time.

More on the game shortly…



5 Replies to “Arsenal v Watford, trouble at the London, and the home and away comparisons”

  1. Disgraceful behaviour by the fans & tenants of the State Aided Olympic Stadium. They should be punished by the FA but being of the same clan nothing serious will occur.

    Karen Brady will make capital of the passion while Gold will sell some porn based on the violent actions. On the other hand, citizen Khan will not have the balls to demerit his tenants as his passion is the hard red ball. He should however make some noises to divorce the London from the West Ham violence.

    Incidentally the little toughie that wanted a bundle can now visit the 2012 olympic stadium
    & make a name for himself.

  2. The pitch invasion by some disgruntled West Hammers fan that occurred yesterday in a Premier League match at London Stadium is unfortunate which should not be seen happened in a Premier League game no matter what the level of disgruntlement by the fans of a Premier League club side. Nevertheless, I believe both the FA and the West Ham management including even the Police are on top of the ugly incident and will deal with it squarely to prevent a repeat pf this new kind of football holliganism happening again in future.

  3. I admire your faith Samuel. Unless West Ham decides to pay for well trained stewards in large numbers, I fear it is misplaced. Especially as they aren’t unlikely to suffer any major punishment for this incident.

  4. Aside from football holliganism which thank God, does not apply to Arsenal football club. The Gunners of Arsenal FC have no any other choice today but the only choice to scatter the Hornnets of Watford FC in the Premier League match encounter between the duo combatant teams at the Emirates Stadium.

    Arsenal have been rooted on 45 points for too long in the Premier League table to the extend of looking to be caught by Burnley in the table.

    Should the worse come to the worse for the Gunners this season, Arsenal being giants top six team London club should never allowed themselves to finish this PL season’s campaign below sixth in the final table. For, to allow this to happen to them could delegitimise their longstanding claims as a top sixth PL club side who seasonally vying for honours domestically and externally.

    My 4-2-3-1 Arsenal starts and 7 Gunners on the bench for this match are as per the below.

    Chambers Kos’lny Mustafi Monreal

    Ospina Mert’ Holding Maitland ElNeny Iwobi Welbeck.

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