By Bulldog Drummond
Managerless Arsenal? Well, to a degree, since the mainstream media and the bloggers have always been against Emery (just as they were against Mr Wenger, but he managed to smile it off), and now the dominant discussion is not about when he is going to be sacked (it is simply assumed that he is) but who will replace him.
So what can we expect in this game
- Booing of the players
- Booing of the manager
- Lunatic referee decisions
- Crazy unexplained VAR decisions against Arsenal
and as a result of those four inputs, a big boost to the visitors.
And yes quite probably we will see all four factors at play, since that is what we have been getting in recent days.
Certainly it is hard to see who is going to be in a fit mental state to play given the way the crowd and media are reacting at the moment. And of course to add to the mix, match fixing can be expected given what Uefa has said about how it has got out of control.
Plus as we have noted, while the Uefa acknowledgement of match fixing being out of control has made the news in much of Europe, it is being totally ignored here, so no matter how blatantly odd any situation is (like the VAR denied goal against Palace) there will be no commentary than anything is wrong. Or any acknowledgement of the warning raised by Uefa last week about match fixing.
Amazingly (and I would not be surprised if you haven’t noticed this because in the light of the negativity of the support and media this is quite amazing), Arsenal are the third most effective home side in the league at the moment.
Home games only…
Away from home Wolverhampton are mid-table…
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I thus suspect there are three factors affecting Arsenal now:
a) The toxicity of the crowd
b) The match fixing which Uefa has highlighted and our media has chosen to ignore (one may wonder why)
c) The fact that we are (although again the media won’t tell you this) on quite a decent run particularly at home. Here are the home games…
|17 Aug 2019||Arsenal v Burnley||W||2-1||Premier League|
|01 Sep 2019||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||D||2-2||Premier League|
|22 Sep 2019||Arsenal v Aston Villa||W||3-2||Premier League|
|24 Sep 2019||Arsenal v Nottingham Forest||W||5-0||League Cup|
|03 Oct 2019||Arsenal v Standard Liège||W||4-0||Europa League|
|06 Oct 2019||Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth||W||1-0||Premier League|
|24 Oct 2019||Arsenal v Vitória Guimarães||W||3-2||Europa League|
|27 Oct 2019||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||D||2-2||Premier League|
In any normal circumstances this would be something to celebrate, but these days the circumstances surrounding Arsenal, manipulated as the situation is by the media, are never normal. Normality does not apply. This is a totally bonkers world in which Arsenal fans boo Arsenal and expect that to make things better. It is quite beyond me.
As for the team, the Express goes with
Bellerin Sokratis Luiz Tierney
Pepe Ozil Aubameyang
That leaves out Martinelli with four starts and three appearances as a sub in all competitions, and as a result of those games seven goals. The only player with more is Aubameyang.
I think we should ponder the miracle that is Martinelli at this point. He’s moved continents, I am not sure if he speaks much English, he has started four games, and made three sub appearances and scored seven. Those really are some stats.