Arsenal v Man City: the injuries and recent games between the two.

By Bulldog Drummond

Coming back to the list of injuries after not having followed the details since the end of last season is something of a shock.  And unless you’ve been following the details I think you might be shocked too.


As before I am using the Physioroom list.   And I would warn you to sit down for this is how it looked on Saturday morning.

# TEAM No of men down  Last man to fall What he got
1 Tottenham Hotspur 16 M Dembele Fitness
2 Liverpool 9 F Tavares Illness
3 Chelsea 8 M Batshuayi Fitness
4 Manchester United 8 P Jones Fitness
5 Watford 7 B Wilmot Knee Injury
6 Everton 6 Caldeira Duarte Fitness
7 Manchester City 5 P Sandler Knee Injury
8 West Ham United 5 E Fernandes Leg Injury
9 Burnley 5 C Wood Infection
10 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 J Izquierdo Fitness
11 Crystal Palace 4 M Meyer Fitness
12 Arsenal 4 N Monreal Knee Injury
13 Huddersfield Town 3 E Durm Fitness
14 Bournemouth 3 J Lerma Fitness
15 Fulham 3 F Ayite Knock
16 Newcastle United 3 M Diame Hip Injury
17 Leicester City 2 N Mendy Muscle Injury
18 Southampton 2 M Yoshida Fitness
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
20 Cardiff City 0

So the Tiny Totts seemed to have just got tinier with sixteen injuries.  Can this be true?   An outbreak of rabies perhaps?

Now this ain’t no Tottenham site so I am not going to go through it all, but what we find is that thorugh recruiting players liable to play in the WC they have come something of a cropper over fitness.  Cutting out the real injuries they were reported to have

Who are you? What’s wrong When back? And v Newc?
H Kane Fitness August 11, 2018 Started
D Alli Fitness August 11, 2018 Started
K Trippier Fitness August 11, 2018
D Rose Fitness August 11, 2018
E Dier Fitness August 11, 2018 Started
H Lloris Fitness August 11, 2018 Started
T Alderweireld Fitness August 11, 2018
J Vertonghen Fitness August 11, 2018 Started
M Dembele Fitness August 11, 2018
M Sissoko Hamstring Injury August 11, 2018 Started

So the number at the top of 16 is of course not true, since it was a fitness issue, and that does mean that we have to take the table a little more cautiously than normal not just for Tottenham but for all clubs.

For our match Man City’s list is shown as da Silva, Sandler and Mangala actually out and the others on the list (Laporte and Silva) being likely to play.

But what of us I hear you ask…. because as you will know (if you were paying attention) the story that Arsenal always had the most injuries circulated once more this summer.   Boring I know, but that’s sports journalism for you.

Our four of course are Ramsey with a calf injury, but possibly available for Sunday, Monreal, expected back against Chelsea, Kolasinac October, and Koscielny at Christmas.

Now we saw in the earlier preview how the Guardian thought that Man City had beaten us twice at Arsenal Stadium last season, and of course this was gibberish.   But for the full picture here’s the past games look below…

Overall we have won 96, lost 53 and drawn 45 games in League, FA Cup, Community Shield and League cup since the beginning of time (or 11 November 1893 to be exact.   We won 1-0 in the second division.

Of course the record has been tougher since the introduction of the Sovereign Wealth Fund and the last three games have been lost, but looking at the last 12, which takes us back to March 2014, it is not at bad as one might presume if one reads the tattle and the tittle on the machine driven bloggettas.  Figures from

Date Game Res Score Competition
29 Mar 2014 Arsenal v Manchester City D 1-1 Premier League
10 Aug 2014 Arsenal v Manchester City W 3-0 Community Shield
13 Sep 2014 Arsenal v Manchester City D 2-2 Premier League
18 Jan 2015 Manchester City v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
21 Dec 2015 Arsenal v Manchester City W 2-1 Premier League
08 May 2016 Manchester City v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League
18 Dec 2016 Manchester City v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
02 Apr 2017 Arsenal v Manchester City D 2-2 Premier League
23 Apr 2017 Arsenal v Manchester City W 2-1 FA Cup
05 Nov 2017 Manchester City v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier 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

So in these 12 we have four wins, four defeats and four draws.   Of course the worrying bit is the run at the end with three defeats in a row with Manchester C scoring three each time.

It might be helpful if we could end that run.  And we may note that prior to that we had seven games in a row in which the most scored by either team was two.

We’ll look into this further tomorrow immediately ahead of a) the return of Untold to the Swimmer and b) the return meandering to the stadium and even c) the game itself.

More anon…


2 Replies to “Arsenal v Man City: the injuries and recent games between the two.”

  1. Breaking: Paul Merson predicts that he will say nothing nice about Arsenal this season.

  2. Whether Paul Merson says something nice about Arsenal or not this season, his sayings against Arsenal will not deter or hinder nor block the Gunners from beating Man City in the PL at the Ems tomorrow. For, Arsenal have fully loaded all their high caliber guns in: Cech, Bellerin, Papastethopoulos, Mustafi, AMN. Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Mkhi’ Auba’ & Laca’ to unleashed themselves as weapons on Man City on the Ems field of play to discharge ammunition in goals scored by them against the Man City machines in human being players form and scatter them to pieces and make a mess of them in the game with Pep Guardiola and his Man City players looking sad in disgust after the game and the press conferences have ended as they return to the Etihad with the 3-0 away defeat suffered to them by the Gunners at the Ems hanging on them.

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