By Bulldog Drummond
If you think these are difficult times for Arsenal, then spare a thought for Southampton…
|28 Sep 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton||L||2-1||Premier League|
|01 Oct 2019||Walsall v Southampton||L||1-0||FL Trophy|
|06 Oct 2019||Southampton v Chelsea||L||1-4||Premier League|
|19 Oct 2019||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton||D||1-1||Premier League|
|25 Oct 2019||Southampton v Leicester City||L||0-9||Premier League|
|29 Oct 2019||Manchester City v Southampton||L||3-1||League Cup|
|02 Nov 2019||Manchester City v Southampton||L||2-1||Premier League|
|05 Nov 2019||Coventry City v Southampton||L||3-2||FL Trophy|
|09 Nov 2019||Southampton v Everton||L||1-2||Premier League|
Nor surprisingly the league table does not look very good from Southampton’s point of view. They are 19th, six points below even Tottenham Hots.
|16||West Ham United||12||3||4||5||14||20||-6||13|
As ever we like to have a look at the home or away form of the team we are facing, and it is here that we get a surprise, because of the eight points Southampton have gathered this season, seven have been away from home.
That should stop any of us thinking this is going to be easy.
Arsenal at home are holding up but the pressure being put on the team by the combined efforts of the crowd and the media at Arsenal Stadium, along with a fearlessness among referees at basically given out any sort of decision they fancy without fear of condemnation by pundits or VAR, means that what should have been wins have been turned into draws.
Indeed given the pressures and forces confronting Arsenal at home, it is amazing that the club has any points at all from the games at Arsenal Stadium. And yet we remain unbeaten.
On the basis of these relative league positions Arsenal should win 2-1 but with the referee, media, bloggers and crowd all wanting to prove a point it could be difficult.
When we have, as we have just seen, a newspaper journalist of a supposedly serious paper telling us that Mourinho joined Tottenham because their finances are in a better state than Arsenal’s – and no one picks him up on that nonsense, then we know anything can be said about anything… and believed.
Arsenal’s last home win in the league was on 6 October, a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
|06 Oct 2019||Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth||W||1-0||Premier League|
|21 Oct 2019||Sheffield United v Arsenal||L||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|
|30 Oct 2019||Liverpool v Arsenal||L||5-5 (5-4)||League Cup|
|02 Nov 2019||Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers||D||1-1||Premier League|
|05 Nov 2019||Cambridge United v Arsenal||D||1-1||FL Trophy|
|06 Nov 2019||Vitória Guimarães v Arsenal||D||1-1||Europa League|
|09 Nov 2019||Leicester City v Arsenal||L||2-0||Premier League|
Clearly it is time for the next victory.
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