by Bulldog Drummond
The run against Stoke has not always gone as well as we might have wished… for the last ten games (all in the league) have only yielded six wins, and a draw, when we might well have hoped for more.
|02 Feb 2013||Arsenal v Stoke City||W||1-0|
|22 Sep 2013||Arsenal v Stoke City||W||3-1|
|01 Mar 2014||Stoke City v Arsenal||L||1-0|
|06 Dec 2014||Stoke City v Arsenal||L||3-2|
|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|
|19 Aug 2017||Stoke City v Arsenal||L||1-0|
And in fact although we have had by far the better of the games (overall winning 56, losing 26 and drawing 24) Arsenal have never put in a really long running streak without a defeat somewhere along the line against Stoke. Indeed it seems they have always been able to pop up and defeat us somewhere. The best run was 13 undefeated from 1928 to 1938 including two in the FA Cup, although three of the 13 games were draws.
This season however Stoke really have had a hard time away from home
|15||West Ham United||16||2||5||9||20||37||-17||11|
|18||Brighton and Hove Albion||15||2||4||9||7||19||-12||10|
|20||West Bromwich Albion||16||1||4||11||8||25||-17||7|
with just one win all season – that game being a 0-1 win away to Watford in October.
Arsenal’s home record is not as fine as it was earlier in the season, but still moderately reasonable…
and a win on Sunday would keep that home record at a decent sort of level although it would be good to have a better goal difference at home.
Stoke have only scored 12 goals away from home, and Arsenal have scored 39 at home in the league – the second best in the division so that does look rather hopeful. In terms of defence they have conceded 16 more than we have at home, with Stoke having the worst away defence in the league.
Their results since Boxing Day have indeed been the poor side of modest…
|26 Dec 2017||Huddersfield Town v Stoke City||D||1-1||Premier League|
|30 Dec 2017||Chelsea v Stoke City||L||5-0||Premier League|
|01 Jan 2018||Stoke City v Newcastle United||L||0-1||Premier League|
|06 Jan 2018||Coventry City v Stoke City||L||2-1||FA Cup|
|15 Jan 2018||Manchester United v Stoke City||L||3-0||Premier League|
|20 Jan 2018||Stoke City v Huddersfield Town||W||2-0||Premier League|
|31 Jan 2018||Stoke City v Watford||D||0-0||Premier League|
|03 Feb 2018||AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City||L||2-1||Premier League|
|10 Feb 2018||Stoke City v Brighton and Hove||D||1-1||Premier League|
|24 Feb 2018||Leicester City v Stoke City||D||1-1||Premier League|
|03 Mar 2018||Southampton v Stoke City||D||0-0||Premier League|
|12 Mar 2018||Stoke City v Manchester City||L||0-2||Premier League|
|17 Mar 2018||Stoke City v Everton||L||1-2||Premier League|
The one win in the sequence was against Huddersfield Town. Otherwise it has been seven defeats and five draws. Indeed that victory away to Huddersfield was the only time in the sequence they scored more than one goal, and in six of the games they have not scored.
Our last ten have been far from what we might have hoped for earlier in the season with the run of four consecutive defeats being painful for all of us who were there…
|03 Feb 2018||Arsenal v Everton||W||5-1||Premier League|
|10 Feb 2018||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||L||1-0||Premier League|
|15 Feb 2018||Östersunds FK v Arsenal||W||0-3||Europa League|
|22 Feb 2018||Arsenal v Östersunds FK||L||1-2||Europa League|
|25 Feb 2018||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-3||League Cup|
|01 Mar 2018||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-3||Premier League|
|04 Mar 2018||Brighton and Hove v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|08 Mar 2018||AC Milan v Arsenal||W||0-2||Europa League|
|11 Mar 2018||Arsenal v Watford||W||3-0||Premier League|
|15 Mar 2018||Arsenal v AC Milan||W||3-1||Europa League|
So we are now looking at a very unusual set of results in the last ten: five wins, five defeats. 18 goals for 12 against. We can only hope that the away victory over Milan has really turned the corner.
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