By Bulldog Drummond
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There is the old tale that the prime sign of madness is doing something that fails and then doing it again, and again, and again hoping against hope that the next time it will work.
And thus having got rid of Mr Wenger the negativists will be dancing in the streets I suspect on reading the headline from Caught Offside
Jose Mourinho could reportedly be back to the Premier League as Arsenal manager.
Ah that old favourite “reportedly”. And not just reportedly but “could reportedly”. Which means a drunken journalist in the Toppled Bollard Public House just off Wapping Swamp was overheard saying to the barmaid something that could have been to the effect that Mourinho is going to Arsenal to watch the match, and this was mistaken as meaning he was going to be the manager.
Back in the real world however… err, well no we seem to have got stuck in a fantasy world completely as the Loose Cannon website follows this up with
“Will Ozil fare better under Mourinho?”
Meanwhile… Meanwhile, meanwhile, trying to move on…
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According to Physioroom Arsenal have just the one injury now, Reiss Nelson who will out until mid November. I can’t remember the last time that happened.
Palace have been something of a Tottenham Hotspur type of team this season blowing hot and cold and losing the lower league opposition in the league cup…
|10 Aug||Crystal Palace v Everton||D||0-0||Premier League|
|18 Aug||Sheffield United v Crystal Palace||L||1-0||Premier League|
|24 Aug||Manchester United v Crystal Palace||W||1-2||Premier League|
|27 Aug||Crystal Palace v Colchester United||L||0-0 (4-5)||League Cup|
|31 Aug||Crystal Palace v Aston Villa||W||1-0||Premier League|
|14 Sep||Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace||L||4-0||Premier League|
|22 Sep||Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton W||D||1-1||Premier League|
|28 Sep||Crystal Palace v Norwich City||W||2-0||Premier League|
|05 Oct||West Ham United v Crystal Palace||W||1-2||Premier League|
|19 Oct||Crystal Palace v Manchester City||L||0-2||Premier League|
They did get a win against West Ham in their last away game and scored two – as they did away to Manchester United. So there is a tactical sense there for seeing off wounded creatures – which is of course exactly how the media and the blogs are portraying Arsenal at the moment. Except the wound is terminal, so “dying” would be more appropriate from their point of view.
Despite having played each other for the first time in 1934 in the FA Cup there have been comparatively few games between Arsenal and Crystal Palace – just 45 in fact. Arsenal have won 28 and lost 12, drawing the remaining five.
Between 1994 and 2017 Arsenal went 14 matches unbeaten against Crystal Palace but the last five games have been most troublesome. All have been in the Premier League…
|10 Apr 2017||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||L||0-3|
|28 Dec 2017||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||W||2-3|
|20 Jan 2018||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||W||4-1|
|28 Oct 2018||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||D||2-2|
|21 Apr 2019||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||L||2-3|
The Evening Standard goes with a line up of
Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac;
Pepe, Ceballos, Aubameyang;
The Guardian has exactly the same selection so that seems to be the key view.
So here’s a little thought to finish with.
Arsenal have scored at least two in each of their past 12 London derbies played at Arsenal Stadium while Palace have scored just eight goals in nine league games this season.
A little ray of hope for Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe and (as sub) Martinelli.