By Bulldog Drummond
There are some real odd issues that are arising from the league table as we approach the end.
Arsenal have ended up struggling behind Tottenham (who are spending a fraction of the money Arsenal spend on players), Wolverhampton (who have already spent next season’s TV money) and Leicester (home of the most extraordinary tackle / foul / yellow card stats the Premier League has ever seen.) Why is that?
Untold’s view throughout has been that consistency of management and playing staff develops the position in the league, while a large number of transfers and change of management undermines it – the latter particularly explaining Tottenhanm’s failure through the centuries.
Likewise ceaseless support of the club by those who attend matches and/or write about them on blogs, really helps. The opposite does not. It is not always true, but appears to be true more often than not, so our hope for the future should be that we have now entered a period of positive stability among both the management, players and supporters.
Our home stats, so often the envy of others in the days of Wenger, have dropped, as the AFTV supporters, the AAA and the media have combined to attack our managers and many of our players.
And thus for this final league game of the season we have to be grateful that we are facing a team with an even worse away record than Arsenal’s. Here’s the away table…
|15||West Ham United||19||4||5||10||19||29||-10||17|
|16||Brighton and Hove Albion||18||3||7||8||17||26||-9||16|
At home we are seventh in the league based on those games only…
It is disappointing, but on the other hand, if just three of the draws we have had turned into wins by the scoring of one more goal in each, that would have taken us to sixth in the league overall. It is disappointing but we are not completely lost.
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