by Bulldog Drummond
“Ozil will be going back to Real Madrid in six months time if he continues to play as he did against Leicester,” according to Paul Merson in his latest and one of his most bizarre and incoherent rants.
Much of what he said was difficult to fathom, as when he continued on the Ozil theme, “this is what he can do on any given day but them days are not that special. He is head and shoulders above all them players at Arsenal, head and shoulders.”
Directed to move on to the issue of Xhaka, Merson noted that the player was playing at left back.
“If they don’t lose by more than three goals next saturday I’ll be shocked. I’ll be shocked. Leicester are average at best and they should have been out of sight in thirty minutes, I mean Holding was pulling people back on the half way line I mean they’re not in the same class as this Liverpool football team.
“If Liverpool turn up and they fancy it they will rip Arsenal to absolutely and they’ll get found out they’ll get found out they’re just waiting to get found out. They’re like a boxer who’s got a dodgy chin who hasn’t been hit yet and as soon as he gets hit he’s just going sparks. Sparks. You could put another one on that Premier League title no way they will win it…”
Merson continued talking after this but as his speech became more and more incoherent the chair and other panelists started to speak over him until he shut up.
But we gather that for the game against Liverpool, Liverpool merely have to put eleven men on the pitch and they will win by four or more goals.
At which point we might bring in the goals against chart.
|G.A Pos||Lge Pos||Team||P||W||D||L||F||A||GD||Pts|
Although Mr Merson was suggesting that the Arsenal defence was appalling, (a common theme of his), and although we might wish that it was better, it is not the worst defence in the league. In fact it is the sixth best defence in the league.
So realistically Mr Merson could have made the point that it should be better than Tottenham (who have let in seven to our 11) if we want to overtake Tottenham in the league on points as well as goal difference. But he was just saying that Liverpool (who have scored six fewer goals than Arsenal) will score four against Arsenal (who have conceded eight more than Liverpool.
It is a possible argument to make, but it is hard to jump from that point to the conclusion that Liverpool will score four against Arsenal. But we shall see.
Let’s finish today’s preview with a look at the League table one year ago after nine games and compare it with now…
One year ago the league table looked like this
And now we see how it looks before today’s games – with a column showing the difference in the number of goals scored this year against this point last season…
Manchester United have dropped out of the top six and are six points lower than they were at this stage last year. The big winners are Bournemouth and Liverpool, both ten points above this time a year ago.
We’ll have more on Sunday ahead of the game.
- Arsenal at the Palace; the last 20 games meetings and the home/away split
- Crystal Palace v Arsenal. A lesson in how a club should NOT treat its core fans.
- Massive rule changes, Ozil is a pest, fake Amazon footie ads, strange tables, AMN is not death.
- Farewell balanced playing field. Matchweek 10: all the games, all the officials.
- Arsenal have benefitted by the world cup break: allegedly.
- Arsenal and Tottenham: which has had the easier ride so far this season?
- Arsenal v Tottenham: not exactly a battle of equals.
- Death by 300,000 passes: how the Arsenal transformation started 2 seasons ago.
- Approaching derby day we recall when Arsenal helped Tottenham get into the league