By Bulldog Drummond
Liverpool got away with their fairly blatant intimidation tactics in monday’s game with the two very serious fouls only getting yellows, while ensuring that Arsenal realised that they would likely get punished far more aggressively by the referee if they retaliated with fouls of their own. It is a clever tactic that has been seen elsewhere, but is especially effective when the teams play each other again a few days later.
For this approach to work, the club setting out to commit the killer fouls and get away with it need to be in the lower half of the fouling league table and thus not thought by the ref to be serial foulers, which is exactly where Liverpool were before the game.
|Team||Played||Fouls||Fouls per game|
|4||Brighton and Hove A||3||41||45||13.67||15.00|
|8||West Ham United||3||33||29||11.00||9.67|
|10||West Bromwich A||3||31||34||10.33||11.33|
Tottenham are the foulers of the moment equal in first place with Fulham.
There is a theory that has many supporters, that says that cup ties are refereed more evenly, as referees take it as a moment to try and even up on their biased decisions making in the league. That would be nice, if it turns out to be true.
There is also the view that once referees have drawn attention to themselves by allowing some fairly outrageous fouls only to get a yellow card, they and their fellows are keen to avoid being caught out, by balancing matters up a little next time around.
Again, we shall look with interest.
Meanwhile “Just Arsenal” website states that the deal for transferring Sead Kolasinac to Bayer Leverkusen will be completed on next 48 hours with the player leaving for €11m + add ons. They say that this is “confirmed.”
The fourth official website gives as a lineup…
Holding Luiz Gabriel
Maitland Niles Elneny Ceballos Tierney
Pepe Nketiah Saka
The Standard has a team news section but fails to give us its take on the team except the say that they expect Runarsson to play and for Reiss Nelson also to get a game. And they expect us to win 2-3.
The Independent has a headline promising a line up but at the time we looked there wasn’t one.
The Short Fuse however has
Saliba Gabriel Kolasinac
Cedric Willock Elneny Saka
Pepe Nketiah Nelson
Here’s another this time from the Daily Canon
Holding Gabriel Kolasinac
Bellerin Ceballas Willock Saka
Pepe Nketiah Nelson
Mind you it is all very well bringing all these youngsters into the first team but our under 23 team is suffering, Here is the lower part of the League 2 league table
|12||West Ham United||3||0||1||2||2||6||-4||1|
As for the League Cup sadly our record is not that wonderful.
Arsenal has got to the final eight times but has only won twice. In 1968 we lost to Leeds United, in 1969 playing on a wet ploughed field we lost to Swindon Town 3-1, largely because our team didn’t fancy getting kicked to shreds by tackling that matched the conditions.
Our first triumph was in 1987 when we beat Liverpool 2-1. This was the era when all commentators said that Liverpool never lose when they score first. They scored first and lost and the commentary team had no idea what to say, but kept on focusing on Liverpool in defeat. Arsenal hardly got a look in on TV.
We had another Swindon moment when losing 3-2 to Luton Town in 1988, but came back in 1993 to be the first ever team to win the FA and League Cup double, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.
Since then it has been defeats all the way, 2007 to Chelsea, 2011 to Birmingham and 2018 to Manchester City.
“For the past few days, the Mexican media has been full of reports saying Arsenal youngster Marcelo Flores was invited to train with the Gunners’ first team. This is the first experience the 16-year-old is getting with Mikel Arteta’s main squad, and that meant something big for the teenager.” That from Sport Witness.
TBR Football added…
Talented Arsenal youngster Marcelo Flores has already agreed a five-year professional contract with the Gunners which will be announced in the coming days. That is according to the player’s father, Ruben Flores, who says the agreement has been reached but cannot be verified until the young winger turns 17 on October 1st.
Which is today.
- 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