By Bulldog Drummond
Not much news on the injury front
|Player||What’s up||When he retuns||This weekend?|
|G Xhaka||Illness||April 15, 2018||Slight Doubt|
|H Mkhitaryan||MCL Knee Ligament Injury||April 29, 2018||No|
|D Ospina||Ankle Injury||April 29, 2018||No|
|A Maitland-Niles||Muscular Injury||April 15, 2018||Major Doubt|
|S Cazorla||Plantaris Injury||Unknown||No|
Newcastle are bottom of the injury league with no injuries recorded at all.
I suspect that with Elneny playing well, he’ll be given another game this weekend, to allow Xhaka fully to recover. He is reported to have had influenza. If that is true he certainly won’t be ready by now. If it was a heavy cold then he could recover better by having a few more days off.
Otherwise it looks to me like the date for Mkhitaryan ‘s return has been brought forward so that he might get some games in May.
In the last piece I noted the infamous 4-4 game simply because it is what the media often talk about. But since then interesting things have happened in this match…
|05 Feb 2011||Newcastle United v Arsenal||D||4-4||Premier League|
|13 Aug 2011||Newcastle United v Arsenal||D||0-0||Premier League|
|12 Mar 2012||Arsenal v Newcastle United||W||2-1||Premier League|
|29 Dec 2012||Arsenal v Newcastle United||W||7-3||Premier League|
|19 May 2013||Newcastle United v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|29 Dec 2013||Newcastle United v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|28 Apr 2014||Arsenal v Newcastle United||W||3-0||Premier League|
|13 Dec 2014||Arsenal v Newcastle United||W||4-1||Premier League|
|21 Mar 2015||Newcastle United v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|29 Aug 2015||Newcastle United v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|02 Jan 2016||Arsenal v Newcastle United||W||1-0||Premier League|
|16 Dec 2017||Arsenal v Newcastle United||W||1-0||Premier League|
That is 12 games listed above of which we have won the last ten. Now of course all runs come to an end sometimes but I would sooner go into a game on a winning run rather than a losing run.
Across the years Newcastle have nearly equalled us in terms of the matches between us – they have won 66 to our 75 wins, and it is an interesting comparison because these two clubs entered the league in 1893 at the same time.
But it was in the mid-90s that these things changed around and although through 1994 to 1976 Newcastle won four in a row, since January 1996 Newcastle have won just four.
And here’s an interesting little point that brings up an old favourite. A couple of years ago the Guardian tried that old trick that journalists everywhere love – giving a statistic without any background evidence or context in order to try and make it look important.
They reported that Arsenal had in one particular season, only had two players who were in double figures for the season in terms of scoring, forgetting to say that only a couple of teams had three players in this category.
This year Arsenal have three players in double figures: Lacazette, Ramsey and Welbeck with 12, 10 and 10 goals respectively. However you may have noted my little trick there – the sort of trick that the Guardian played. They were talking about League goals, and I moved across to count all goals in major competitions. This season thus far we only have one player in double goalscoring figures in the League (Lacazette with ten).
Now that sounds awful – except that when we look at the table we see that Arsenal are the fifth highest goalscorers in the League. Not as high as I would like it to be, but not the utter disaster that only have one player with double figures (and he only on ten) might suggest.
Trying to resolve this is difficult because Arsenal.com in its goalscoring and appearance list for 2017/18 does not list Aubameyang at all! In fact Aubameyang has actually got six according to Sports Mole. But they only give Lacazette 11 not 12 in total. And anyway there’s the fact that we lost two of our goalscorers in the transfer window: Giroud and Alexis. It is all rather confusing this who scored business.
Who Scored, the web site, has Lacazette on 10, with Ramsey and Aub both on six, and I suspect that is the right answer.
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