By Bulldog Drummond
It is indeed a long old time since Arsenal were below being even a mid-table club in terms of home form but that is certainly what the table shows now as we lurk below Newcastle, Burnley, Palace, Wolverhampton, Sheffield Utd and even Aston Villa. Yep, two promoted teams are doing better at home than we are.
Mind you those teams don’t have to play in front of a home support and media as negative as Arsenal does.
Home form only
And to make matters worse we are up against a team with a fine away form…
The Chelsea away defensive record is something to be feared – just five conceded in nine games. True, Sheffield United have conceded one fewer, but they play for goalless draws while Chelsea look to win.
The only thing we can find particularly in our favour is Chelsea’s recent form for two of those defeats have happened since 23 November.
|23 Nov 2019||Manchester City v Chelsea||L||2-1||Premier League|
|27 Nov 2019||Valencia v Chelsea||D||2-2||Champions League|
|30 Nov 2019||Chelsea v West Ham United||L||0-1||Premier League|
|04 Dec 2019||Chelsea v Aston Villa||W||2-1||Premier League|
|07 Dec 2019||Everton v Chelsea||L||3-1||Premier League|
|10 Dec 2019||Chelsea v Lille OSC||W||2-1||Champions League|
|14 Dec 2019||Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth||L||0-1||Premier League|
|22 Dec 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea||W||0-2||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2019||Chelsea v Southampton||L||0-2||Premier League|
In these last nine games Chelsea have won just three. If we count just their last seven league games then we are down to two wins and five defeats – not a good run. But they did beat Tottenham away on 22 December. Quite how they then managed to lose to Southampton I don’t know – maybe you can tell me.
So with our new manager having had a chance to see the team in action, and the players all knowing that they are indeed playing for their future at the club maybe the new manager bounce will now kick in – we could certainly do with it.
Ignoring the games outside the League, our recent form has been pretty awful…
|06 Oct 2019||Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth||W||1-0||Premier League|
|21 Oct 2019||Sheffield United v Arsenal||L||1-0||Premier League|
|27 Oct 2019||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||D||2-2||Premier League|
|02 Nov 2019||Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers||D||1-1||Premier League|
|09 Nov 2019||Leicester City v Arsenal||L||2-0||Premier League|
|23 Nov 2019||Arsenal v Southampton||D||2-2||Premier League|
|01 Dec 2019||Norwich City v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|05 Dec 2019||Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion||L||1-2||Premier League|
|09 Dec 2019||West Ham United v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League|
|15 Dec 2019||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-3||Premier League|
|21 Dec 2019||Everton v Arsenal||D||0-0||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2019||AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
That is 12 matches with just two wins. We noted just now that Chelsea were on a run of two wins and five defeats in the last seven league games (thus gaining six points in seven). Arsenal have one win, two defeats and four draws (thus gaining seven points in seven).
Neither team is going to be that pleased with such a set of results, and I guess Arsenal have the advantage of the new manager bounce.
Whether that will do us any good at all, I’ve no idea. Let’s hope so, for having put their entire faith in the notion of having a new manager being the solution to the club’s problems, I am not sure if we have a plan B – other than to go back to plan A of last summer and buy another load of players (if the owner will cough up the cash).
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