by Bulldog Drummond
Since lockdown ended its been a funny ol’ set of results
|17 June||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||3-0||Premier League|
|20 June||Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|25 June||Southampton v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
|28 June||Sheffield United v Arsenal||W||1-2||FA Cup|
|1 July||Arsenal v Norwich City||W||4-0||Premier League|
|4 July||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
|7 July||Arsenal v Leicester City||D||1-1||Premier League|
|12 July||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|15 July||Arsenal v Liverpool||W||2-1||Premier League|
Five wins, one draw, three defeats. Not too bad, that defeat to the Tiny Totts did get in the way of an even better run which would have boosted confidence still further.
Manchester City results go…
|17 June||Manchester City v Arsenal||W||3-0||Premier League|
|22 June||Manchester City v Burnley||W||5-0||Premier League|
|25 June||Chelsea v Manchester City||L||2-1||Premier League|
|28 June||Newcastle United v Manchester City||W||0-2||FA Cup|
|2 July||Manchester City v Liverpool||W||4-0||Premier League|
|5 July||Southampton v Manchester City||L||1-0||Premier League|
|8 July||Manchester City v Newcastle United||W||5-0||Premier League|
|11 July||Brighton and Hove v Manchester City||W||0-5||Premier League|
|15 July||Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth||W||2-1||Premier League|
Seven wins, two defeats, no draws. And a lot of goals – 12 in the last three games alone, 27 all told against 15 for us. That is going to be the real problem.
The list of recent matches between the two sides is interesting however. First, the overall range of results throughout history show us winning 96 to their 57. On the other hand recent results tell a different story
|23 April 2017||Arsenal v Manchester City||W||2-1||FA Cup|
|5 November 2017||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||3-1||Premier League|
|25 February 2018||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-3||League Cup|
|1 March 2018||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-3||Premier League|
|12 August 2018||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-2||Premier League|
|3 February 2019||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||3-1||Premier League|
|15 December 2019||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-3||Premier League|
|17 June 2020||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||3-0||Premier League|
That’s a poor run by any standard, but the one thing we can say is that all poor runs come to an end sometime.
Between January 1978 and February 2008 for example the clubs played each other 49 times and Manchester City won just four of those games. Four out of 49. Just 8%. The bookies stopped taking money on that game it was so sure what would happen.
Of course during that time the clubs were living on the income from normal activities at normal prices – it just shows what can be achieved when the old rules are set aside and Uefa becomes incompetent and CAS continues its regular rather eccentric activities, all held in private. But it is what it is, and until the clubs of Europe get together to form a new association, or a new open appeals court is set up (rather than one which holds all its deliberations in private) we won’t know what’s going on.
This game is only on BT Sprout in England, and the Sprout in their almighty wisdom don’t let people buy a one day pass to view the match. What a neolithic bunch of turnips.
In team news Eddie Nketiah is suspended and Cedric Soares is cup-tied having played for Southampton.
As for the team the Standard go with
Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney;
Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka;
Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
while the Mirror (who also run the bonkers Football.London run with
Tierney, Luiz, Holding, Mustafi, Bellerin,
Nelson, Aubameyang, Pepe.
The Independent offers exactly the same line up as the Standard.
The Telegraph is being rather coy telling us (at midday) that the team news will follow but nonetheless telling us that the result will be Arsenal 1 Manchester City 2 (after extra time).
The Sun says
Mustafi, Luiz, Holding,
Bellerin Celballos Xhaka Tierney
Saka Lacazette Aubameyang
So I shall toddle off to the local to find out a) if they are open and b) if they are showing the game and c) if there is a place to be had inside. Still at least we are not playing Manchester United – there’s a lot of Man U fans in the East Midlands and the pub gets packed when they are on.
- 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