By Bulldog Drummond
The league table shows just how urgently more points are required. With Manchester City banned for Europe (pending an appeal), the 5th placed club is likely to qualify for the Champions League, meaning the teams that finish sixth to eighth play in the Europa League. Arsenal are currently three points behind Tottenham and Sheffield United, with Sheffield Utd having a game in hand.
West Ham Untidy have won just one of their last nine games, and that was indeed the last game.
|10 Jan 2020||Sheffield United v West Ham United||L||1-0||Premier League|
|18 Jan 2020||West Ham United v Everton||D||1-1||Premier League|
|22 Jan 2020||Leicester City v West Ham United||L||4-1||Premier League|
|25 Jan 2020||West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion||L||0-1||FA Cup|
|29 Jan 2020||West Ham United v Liverpool||L||0-2||Premier League|
|01 Feb 2020||West Ham United v Brighton and Hove Albion||D||3-3||Premier League|
|19 Feb 2020||Manchester City v West Ham United||L||2-0||Premier League|
|24 Feb 2020||Liverpool v West Ham United||L||3-2||Premier League|
|29 Feb 2020||West Ham United v Southampton||W||3-1||Premier League|
This run of results leaves them lingering in the depths, not to mention the lower reaches. They are equal on points with the mighty Bournemouth who have a ground so small it seems amazing that they have stayed up, while WHAM are, as we know, among the giants, with a massive stadium given to them by the state and maintained at the expense of the taxpayer. And we know just how great the club is because their triumvirate of Ceasers tells us this every day.
But it is not just the regime that keeps them just a few goals above a relegation places. They have an even worse away form that Arsenal.
Away games only
|14||West Ham United||14||3||3||8||12||23||-11||12|
And of course the benefit we have on Saturday is that we are playing at home
Home games only
That table above shows the irony of Arsenal’s situation. The work has begun on turning our away form of recent years around, only to find that the home form has now declined. In the whole of last season we only drew three home games and lost just two, scoring 42 at home in the process. With just five home games left to go we are quite clearly way short of last season’s record.
Indeed 2017/18 was even better at home with just two draws and two defeats and 54 scored during the season. That sort of home record now seems but a distant dream.
So here we have the cause of the current malaise. We have at long last started to improve the away form, only for the home form to take a knock. We’re not going to recover from this fully this season, but a game like this surely should be the occasion for taking a step in the right direction.
And here’s a thought. Following the decision to change managers twice, Arsenal are now in a position of having won just eight games so far this season. The last time we won fewer than that in a season – indeed the only time we won fewer than that in a season, was 1912/13, when we were relegated.
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