By Bulldog Drummond
Looking at Arsenal, as we have noted throughout this season, the away form is key to taking us up the league (not least on the grounds that it would be hard to improve on last season’s home form). If we can beat Brighton, that will take us to five away wins – more than the whole of last season, and thus a significant sign of real progress.
And here’s another goodie which comes from our away form this season… we might not win every away game but we score two in each and every away game in the Premier League
|18 Aug 2018||Chelsea v Arsenal||L||3-2|
|02 Sep 2018||Cardiff City v Arsenal||W||2-3|
|15 Sep 2018||Newcastle United v Arsenal||W||1-2|
|07 Oct 2018||Fulham v Arsenal||W||1-5|
|28 Oct 2018||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||D||2-2|
|25 Nov 2018||AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal||W||1-2|
|05 Dec 2018||Manchester United v Arsenal||D||2-2|
|16 Dec 2018||Southampton v Arsenal||L||3-2|
One more game with us scoring two or more apparently would be a record in the PL in terms of consecutive away games scoring two or more goals.
Other factoids are that we rarely lose on Boxing Day, and that for the most part we score in the second half.
Mr Emery said, “Brighton is the same, a very tough match physically, very organised and, like with Burnley, a very good coach who is working very well.
“It is a challenge and I respect those teams a lot because they also have good players. They decide to do a line-up with physical players with a lot of crosses for the strikers for heading in our box.
And…here’s another one: after 31 Premier League games Thierry Henry had scored 17 goals. Aubameyang has scored 22 goals after 31 games. He is, as we may already have mentioned in passing, the top scorer in the League this season.
So let’s try a possible line up, this one comes from Goal.com
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Lichtsteiner Sokraitis Koscielny Kolasinac
Ramsey Ozil Iwobi
This leaves out Lacazette and includes Ramsey – who in some quarters is said to be about to be transferred to Italy (although which club depends on which report you read).
Here’s a different approach…
Lichtsteiner Sokratis Koscielny Kolasinac
Xhaka Torreira Guendouzi
I suspect the team is going to be one of those or a combination.
On the subject of Koscielny and Guendouzi the manager said,
“I was speaking with Koscielny about the possibility for him to play against Burnley and he said: ‘Not today’ – because he was very tired after two matches in a week and I decided for him not to be with the group. Koscielny said: ‘I’m not Mattéo! Mattéo is 19 and I’m 33 years old!’
“I am very happy with Mattéo and he is improving a lot. He gives a lot of moments with the combinations, the quality and the possibility to play with our style. He needs to continue his progress with us but I think he’s very young.”
Here’s the league table…
A win for us and defeat for Chelsea would do rather nicely. And indeed overall by this stage in the season to be just four goals behind Chelsea in terms of goal difference is not too bad at all.