By Bulldog Drummond
Mesut Ozil will return it seems or at least he will be assessed before the game against Fulham. And if he doesn’t play – well there will be another outburst of rumours, all without a trace of evidence.
In fact as far as we can tell the problem is a knee injury – and the Untold office knows all about knee injuries. Indeed not a day goes by without Tony telling anyone who will listen (which is an ever declining number of people) about the damage to his left knee caused by over-dancing. (This is apparently the dancing season with dances every night of the week, and so no chance for the knee to recover – at least that’s his story.)
Also it appears that Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal could also be available. Our three long term injured (Holding, Mkhitaryan and Welbeck) of course are all out while Konstantinos Mavropanos is gradually on his way back.
Fulham also have knee issues with Alfie Mawson having a serious knee injury.
One of the more interesting features of the Fulham v Arsenal game is that Fulham have never beaten Arsenal either at the Manor Ground, at Highbury or at Arsenal Stadium. So, for once we can be complete on this issue and give a complete list of all the times Fulham have beaten Arsenal.
|08 Nov 1913||Fulham v Woolwich Arsenal||6-1||League Division Two|
|14 Apr 1951||Fulham v Arsenal||3-2||League Division One|
|18 Apr 1960||Fulham v Arsenal||3-0||League Division One|
|11 Apr 1962||Fulham v Arsenal||5-2||League Division One|
|01 Jan 1966||Fulham v Arsenal||1-0||League Division One|
|29 Nov 2006||Fulham v Arsenal||2-1||Premier League|
|23 Aug 2008||Fulham v Arsenal||1-0||Premier League|
|02 Jan 2012||Fulham v Arsenal||2-1||Premier League|
In the matches on our own patch we have won 23, drawn five and lost eight.
But for Fulham there is even more of a challenge in that Claudio Ranieri has never won a Premier League match against Arsenal. In all he has been in charge on 10 occasions, drawing four and losing six, which in the context of Fulham’s performance overall against Arsenal isn’t so good. Apparently (and I don’t have the figures to back this assertion up) “he has a worse points-per-game ratio against the Gunners (0.40) than he does versus any other opponent in the competition.”
And despite our slip ups in recent games we have 22 games at home unbeaten against newly promoted opponents. The last people to beat us were Newcastle 1-0, in November 2010.
All told November has not been a bundle of laughs for Arsenal being knocked out of two cup competitions and losing our 22 match unbeaten run…
|02 Dec 2018||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||4-2||Premier League|
|04 Dec 2018||Portsmouth v Arsenal||L||2-1||League Trophy|
|05 Dec 2018||Manchester United v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|08 Dec 2018||Arsenal v Huddersfield Town||W||1-0||Premier League|
|13 Dec 2018||Arsenal v FK Qarabağ Agdam||W||1-0||Europa League|
|16 Dec 2018||Southampton v Arsenal||L||3-2||Premier League|
|19 Dec 2018||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||L||0-2||League Cup|
|22 Dec 2018||Arsenal v Burnley||W||3-1||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2018||Brighton and Hove v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|29 Dec 2018||Liverpool v Arsenal||L||5-1||Premier League|
One win in the last five is not what we were used to during the 22 match run but just as all good runs come to an end so do all bad runs.
The Untold team will of course be there, despite uncertainties about rail transport. The one thing we have all learned – the league never set fixtures with us mere supporters in mind.
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