by Bulldog Drummond.
So here we are approaching the game while by now Tony should be somewhere in the Atlantic. Or to be more precise on an island somewhere in the Atlantic.
The media appear to be certain Arsenal have blown it simply because of the less than exciting game against Wolverhampton who looked like they had stolen the old Blackburn away match menu. One prediction on the BBC web site gives Bournemouth the victory by 2-1.
Certainly the one seems likely at the very least because there has never been a game between the two in which Arsenal have not scored. And the one thing one might say in favour of the 2-1 is that the average total number of goals scored in the games between these two sides is 3.3. Remember we went for 1-2 to Arsenal.
And this because Bournemouth have lost successive games for the first time in a while – although they did this twice last season – in fact the run in December last year was four defeats in a row.
However here is a little thing that really could help Arsenal with their desire to score almost all of their goals in the second half. Over half of the league goals conceded by Bournemouth have been scored in the final 20 minutes – which is exactly the time that Arsenal like to score.
But supposing we draw. That will be four league draws in a row. When was the last time that happened?
That’s a good question because in 2008/9 the results were really remarkable. These games are Premier League matches only from mid-December through to the end of February.
|13 Dec 2008||Middlesbrough v Arsenal||D||1-1|
|21 Dec 2008||Arsenal v Liverpool||D||1-1|
|26 Dec 2008||Aston Villa v Arsenal||D||2-2|
|28 Dec 2008||Arsenal v Portsmouth||W||1-0|
|10 Jan 2009||Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers||W||1-0|
|17 Jan 2009||Hull City v Arsenal||W||1-3|
|28 Jan 2009||Everton v Arsenal||D||1-1|
|31 Jan 2009||Arsenal v West Ham United||D||0-0|
|08 Feb 2009||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||D||0-0|
|21 Feb 2009||Arsenal v Sunderland||D||0-0|
|28 Feb 2009||Arsenal v Fulham||D||0-0|
Three draws in a row, three wins, and then five draws in a row. We ended up 4th with 12 draws in the season. And despite all those goalless games we scored 68 goals – exactly the same as the champions for that season, Manchester United.
The boring bits are that Arsenal and Cardiff City are the only two clubs not to have led at half time. The more interesting news is that we have scored two or more goals in each of the last five away league fixtures.
Oh yes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 13 of his 17 Arsenal goals in Sunday fixtures. But then we are playing in the Europa so that increases the Sunday game total.
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