By Bulldog Drummond
So here we go, the very last game for the man who revolutionised the club from being a place where finishing sixth was “not a bad season really” became “an absolute disaster”. From “something to build on” to “get him out at once”.
And so he has changed the club he found languishing but with a huge potential, and realised that potential. A club that become more than it has ever been since the 1930s. But somehow ended with a very poor away record. Not our worst away record of all time by any means, but still, not something to be enjoyed. And because of all that has gone before we have an away support that will still buy out every ticket, to such a degree that unless you’ve got away credits you can’t go to away games. That is support.
I’ll run the away table just one more time, so that the season’s approach is complete, and because the home and away league tables, simple as they are, have turned out to be the best predictor of results we’ve ever had in the 10 years of Untold.
So, one more time, Arsenal away…
|12||West Ham United||19||3||6||10||24||42||-18||15|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||18||3||4||11||10||25||-15||13|
|19||Brighton and Hove Albion||18||2||5||11||10||25||-15||11|
Curiously a win could lift us to mid-table in the away league, but I don’t think that’s the point any more.
Here’s Huddersfield at home:
|8||Brighton and Hove Albion||19||7||8||4||24||25||-1||29|
|14||West Ham United||18||6||6||6||21||25||-4||24|
And looking at that table makes it so strange: a little part of the Arsenal home support has turned against the club and failed to show up for games, while the away support has remained solid. For at home we have been the second best team in the league, beaten only by the sovereign wealth fund of a dictatorship.
Curiously though Huddersfield’s home form is only a little better than our away form, and the goal tally is particularly interesting. Arsenal away have scored 19 and conceded 31. Huddersfield at home have scored 16 and conceded 24. A goal difference of -12 to -8.
Not that I am suggesting it is ok to be comparing Arsenal to Huddersfield, but there is just a chance that we might finally end the dreadful run away, today.
Here are our most recent games:
|05 Apr 2018||Arsenal v CSKA Moscow||W||4-1||UEFA Europa League|
|08 Apr 2018||Arsenal v Southampton||W||3-2||Premier League|
|12 Apr 2018||CSKA Moscow v Arsenal||D||2-2||UEFA Europa League|
|15 Apr 2018||Newcastle United v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|22 Apr 2018||Arsenal v West Ham United||W||4-1||Premier League|
|26 Apr 2018||Arsenal v Atlético Madrid||D||1-1||UEFA Europa League|
|29 Apr 2018||Manchester United v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|03 May 2018||Atlético Madrid v Arsenal||L||1-0||UEFA Europa League|
|06 May 2018||Arsenal v Burnley||W||5-0||Premier League|
|09 May 2018||Leicester City v Arsenal||L||3-1||Premier League|
Four wins, four defeats, and two draws. 22 goals scored 15 conceded.
|24 Feb 2018||West Bromwich v Huddersfield Town||W||1-2||League|
|03 Mar 2018||Tottenham H v Huddersfield Town||L||2-0||League|
|10 Mar 2018||Huddersfield Town v Swansea City||D||0-0||League|
|17 Mar 2018||Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace||L||0-2||League|
|31 Mar 2018||Newcastle Utd v Huddersfield Town||L||1-0||League|
|07 Apr 2018||Brighton and Hove v Huddersfield Town||D||1-1||League|
|14 Apr 2018||Huddersfield Town v Watford||W||1-0||League|
|28 Apr 2018||Huddersfield Town v Everton||L||0-2||League|
|06 May 2018||Manchester C v Huddersfield Town||D||0-0||League|
|09 May 2018||Chelsea v Huddersfield Town||D||1-1||League|
Won 2, drawn 4, lost 4. Scored 5 conceded 10.
Which makes it look that this time, maybe just this time, we could get that allusive away win. It has been a long way but it would be good not to go into next season with this run of away results hanging around our necks.
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