By Bulldog Drummond
It is curious that at this time Arsenal is doing badly in matches we are doing far better than in the Wengerian days when we were criticized for having more injuries than anyone else. Maybe that means we are not getting stuck in enough.
In fact we never did have more injuries than any other club, but we were often in the upper reaches of the injury league table. Now with two injuries we are right down at the bottom. No club in the Physioroom chart has fewer injuries (or at least that was the case on Sunday).
What does that tell us? That injuries don’t matter as much as people said, when Mr Wenger was in charge? That injuries give a club a chance to bring in reserve players and youngsters who can shine, whereas otherwise managers tend to be cautious about bringing in such players?
I don’t really know, but I do know that virtually no one is dealing with this topic. Whereas before most of the media and bloggettas were rambling on and on and on and on about Arsenal’s injury crisis and how it was all Wenger’s fault day after day after day – now no one talks about it.
So we have two injuries:
- Dani Ceballos has a thigh injury and is projected to be back by mid December.
- Rob Holding has a knee injury and has no return date.
Jack Wilshere is doubtful for West Ham. Lukasz Fabianski is injured.
As for a team, the Guardian calls Arsenal a “spiralling atomic nightmare” (make of that image what you can, especially since we are all made of atoms which include spiralling electrons), They cite the odds as being totally in West Ham’s favour – undoubtedly taking into account that Mike Dean is the referee.
Bellerin Sokratis Luiz Tierney
Pepe Guendouzi Ozil
For the beach the Guardian tell us to select from this group:
Martínez, Kolasinac, Nelson, Mustafi, Martinelli, Saka, Smith Rowe, Mavropanos, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Lacazette
We might also note, having seen who the referee is, that Arsenal have more yellow cards than anyone else this season. Here is the top ten
|10.||West Ham United||29|
Put another way, there are five London teams in the Premier League and four of them are in the top ten for yellows.
The BBC is of course bashing Arsenal – in their preview they say not that the team is doing badly, but rather that “the club is a mess” thus focussing on the battle between Arsenal Supporters Trust and the board. They predict a 2-0 win for West Ham.
But here is a bit of trivial nonsense. Arsenal have drawn five and lost four of the last nine (or “winless in nine” as journos like to say). The worst Arsenal run since 10-matches under Terry Neill in 1977. But in terms of the number of points it is West Ham who are the worst club. They have gained the lowest number of points of anyone in the league in the last eight games with one win, one draw and six defeats.
I know being better than WHAM in the Taxpayers Stadium is nothing, but I thought I’d throw it in.
So here is the accumulated bad news… Arsenal are without a clean sheet in their last 11 matches in all competitions, since beating Bournemouth on 6 October. On the other hand all records end sometime.
And here is one from Sky Sprouts
“No side has lost more Premier League games on a Monday than West Ham (29), while only Man Utd (43) have won more Monday games in the competition than Arsenal (39).”
Yes, probably that is just a load of sprouts.
But one promising tale: the phrase “aftv OUT” has started appearing on walls around Arsenal Stadium. A positive twist, or at least someone with a sense of humour.
Arsenal Station, ignoring the injury news go with
Bellerin Chambers Holding Tierney
Pepe Ozil Martinelli
The Standard goes with
Bellerin Luiz Holding Tierney
Pepe Ozil Aubameyang
Some of these players will surely play.
We are developing our own video channel. It’s still at the experimental stage but you can get a feel here…
- Womens Champions League Arsenal Women v Juventus – the match preview
- It never rains but the journalists want Arsenal to drown in a mess of their own making
- Back to the football: Watford video and Arsenal v Lyon 8 December preview
- The 40 players coming to Arsenal and the 6 most predicted for this January
- Gabriel injury: why no replacement is needed