By Bulldog Drummond
As you may expect our record against Southampton across the years is not bad, but we did have a bit of a blip in 2014 to 2016 losing four out of seven games.
|23 Sep 2014||Arsenal v Southampton||L||1-2||League Cup|
|03 Dec 2014||Arsenal v Southampton||W||1-0||Premier League|
|01 Jan 2015||Southampton v Arsenal||L||2-0||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2015||Southampton v Arsenal||L||4-0||Premier League|
|02 Feb 2016||Arsenal v Southampton||D||0-0||Premier League|
|10 Sep 2016||Arsenal v Southampton||W||2-1||Premier League|
|30 Nov 2016||Arsenal v Southampton||L||0-2||League Cup|
|28 Jan 2017||Southampton v Arsenal||W||0-5||FA Cup|
|10 May 2017||Southampton v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
|10 Dec 2017||Southampton v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|08 Apr 2018||Arsenal v Southampton||W||3-2||Premier League|
|16 Dec 2018||Southampton v Arsenal||L||3-2||Premier League|
|24 Feb 2019||Arsenal v Southampton||W||2-0||Premier League|
|23 Nov 2019||Arsenal v Southampton||D||2-2||Premier League|
In the last ten games it has been three draws, five wins and two defeats.
In terms of injuries we are still way out in front of everyone – and if Mr Wenger were still in charge all the old tales about his training methods being to blame would be trotted out once again. Here is the list of the number of players injured among the most injured clubs. The numbers include players who are banned as well as those injured.
- Arsenal: 9
- Crystal Palace: 6
- Everton: 6
- Newcastle United: 6
Any theories on why Arsenal get so many injuries would be welcome. Here are a few ideas…
- Arteta has based his training programme on Arsene Wenger’s and thus continued the injury blight. (I don’t believe there was a problem before, but it might be argued).
- Other clubs know that the referees have different standards for different clubs (see Leicester’s extraordinarily odd record in yellow cards for example) and so let the opposition kick the hell out of Arsenal with relative impunity
- Arsenal are just unlucky.
Here are the details from Physioroom.com
|Player||Reason||Further Details||Potential Return||Test?||Status|
|Calum Chambers||Knee Injury||Jan 02: “Further to the injury sustained during the match vs Chelsea, we can confirm that Calum ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.”||29/08/2020||None||Ruled Out|
|Lucas Torreira Di Pascua||Ankle/Foot Injury||June 19: “Progressing well and aiming to return to full training in the next two to three weeks.”||07/07/2020||None||Ruled Out|
|Cedric Soares||Head/Face Injury||June 23: “Integrating back into full training following facial injury. Aiming to be available for selection after Sheffield United.”||28/06/2020||None||50%|
|David Luiz||Suspended||Sending Off – Red Card||28/06/2020||None||Ruled Out|
|Sokratis||Thigh Injury||June 23: “Back in full training following mild thigh strain.”||25/06/2020||Late Fitness Test||25%|
|Granit Xhaka||Ankle/Foot Injury||June 23: “Back in full training from sprained right ankle.”||25/06/2020||Late Fitness Test||25%|
|Bernd Leno||Knee Injury||June 23: “Sustained moderate ligament sprain. Aiming to return to full training in four to six weeks.”||No Return Date||None||Ruled Out|
|Gabriel Martinelli||Knee Injury||June 24: “Sustained cartilage injury during training on Sunday. Further assessments and tests to take place in forthcoming days.”||No Return Date||None||Ruled Out|
|Pablo Mari Villar||Ankle/Foot Injury||June 19: “Significant injury which is currently undergoing further specialist assessment.”||No Return Date||Currently Being Assessed||Ruled Out|
So, what sort of team might we put out and what result might we see?
The BBC’s prediction reads:
“It is hard to see the Gunners adding to their tally here, and their situation is not helped by the injuries and suspension they have picked up in the past week.
“Arsenal have lost two away games on the trot in that time and I think Southampton will extend that run to three.”
However Southampton have lost nine home games in the league this season, more than any other top-flight side, so maybe there is a slightly brighter tunnel at the end of the tunnel
The BBC also note that “Arsenal on the other hand have lost 10 points from winning positions in their 12 Premier League games under Mikel Arteta – as many as they had lost in their previous 36 combined under Freddie Ljungberg and Unai Emery.”
And we are also reminded that we have a goal difference of zero and have not finished with a negative goal difference since 1976 – the days of Bertie Mee’s rapid decline.
Sportsmole give us this line up, which iNews also run, as does the Independent
Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney;
Ceballos, Guendouzi, Saka;
Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang
Football Talk are however using the phrase “Confirmed team news” which a lot of others have started using as well. They have
Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney;
Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka;
Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
The Standard however have opted out of the fun going for… just an Arsenal provisional squad:
Martinez, Macey, Bellerin, Sokratis, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Tierney, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Ozil, Nelson, Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.
That’s cheating I think.
I tried to watch a previous Sky came on Now TV, paid my £10 and failed to get onto their service. They refused to give me a refund and say that they have sent me a credit so I can watch this game. We shall see if it has arrived.
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- If all lives matter, if slavery is unaccepable, what is the FA doing about Qatar?
- British media universally continues to support modern slavery
- The home and away scandal: ignorance, or cover up?
- The reason why Liverpool and Man C are ahead of Arsenal.
- How which referee a club gets has a major impact on the result of each game
- The statistical evidence that shows PGMO are biased against Arsenal
- How European football has taken up the fight against clubs breaking FFP