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Manchester United v Arsenal: injuries and the home / away conundrum

By Bulldog Drummond

The injury league table continues to be frustrating for Arsenal.  Here is the top of the table in terms of number of players currently out.

  1. Crystal Palace: 9
  2. Everton: 7
  3. Liverpool: 7
  4. Brighton and Hove Albion: 6
  5. Fulham: 6
  6. Leicester City: 6
  7. Arsenal: 5
  8. Burnley: 5
  9. Leeds United: 5
  10. Manchester United: 5
  11. Newcastle United: 5

Seventh is the lowest position we have been in this season – but once again the mystery remains as to why we are always in the top part of the injury league, even after two changes of manager and loads of new players coming in.  So it looks like it wasn’t the manager… but what is it that keeps us up there?

Our list, as ever from Physioroom.com, doesn’t change very much although the numbers are edging down…

Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Playing? Status
Calum Chambers Knee Injury “Back in full training and progressing well towards full match fitness.” 03/12/2020 No Ruled Out
Rob Holding Thigh Injury Oct 28: “Rob has progressed well and is aiming to be back in full training within the next week.” 21/11/2020 No Ruled Out
Pablo Mari Villar Ankle/Foot Injury Oct 28: “Aiming to integrate into full training after the November international period.” 21/11/2020 No Ruled Out
David Luiz Thigh Injury Oct 28: “There is a big doubt for him to play at the weekend too.” 01/11/2020 Late Fitness Test 25%
Gabriel Martinelli Knee Injury “Aim of a return to full training by the end of the calendar year.” No Return Date No Ruled Out

Recently…

Since their fiasco against Tottenham Hots a month ago Manchester United  have pulled themselves together with three wins and a draw, although PSG may have taken their eye off  the ball as they awaited the trial of their President for bribery and corruption (he was found not guilty in the last couple of days).

Date Game Res Score Competition
04 Oct 2020 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur L 1-6 Premier League
17 Oct 2020 Newcastle United v Manchester United W 1-4 Premier League
20 Oct 2020 Paris St Germain v Manchester United W 1-2 Champions League
24 Oct 2020 Manchester United v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
28 Oct 2020 Manchester United v Red Bull Leipzig W 5-0 Champions League

While for Arsenal the last five read:

Date Game   Res Score Competition
04 Oct 2020 Arsenal v Sheffield United W 2-1 Premier League
17 Oct 2020 Manchester City v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
22 Oct 2020 Rapid Wien v Arsenal W 1-2 Europa League
25 Oct 2020 Arsenal v Leicester City L 0-1 Premier League
29 Oct 2020 Arsenal v Dundalk W 3-0 Europa League

With the number of injuries now slightly declining there really isn’t any explanation for Arsenal’s decline of late.  The best that the journalists can come up with now  is the notion that Arsenal’s preparation under Arteta is too detailed and doesn’t leave enough room for players to express themselves.

What we might have going for us is the fact  that Manchester United’s home record is poor to say the least – although it only incorporates three games… and of course the GD is greatly influenced by that Tottenham game which was probably a one off affair.

Home games only

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Club P W D L F A GD Pts
13 Newcastle United 3 1 0 2 4 8 -4 3
14 Tottenham Hotspur 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2
15 West Bromwich Albion 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3 2
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3 1
17 Sheffield United 4 0 1 3 1 5 -4 1
18 Manchester United 3 0 1 2 2 9 -7 1
19 Burnley 3 0 0 3 0 5 -5 0
20 Fulham 3 0 0 3 1 8 -7 0

Arsenal’s away record is a trifle better but nothing specific to get excited about.

Club P W D L F A GD Pts
13 West Ham United 4 1 1 2 8 7 1 4
14 Brighton and Hove Albion 3 1 1 1 6 5 1 4
15 Liverpool 3 1 1 1 6 9 -3 4
16 Arsenal 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
17 Fulham 3 0 1 2 4 6 -2 1
18 Burnley 3 0 1 2 3 7 -4 1
19 West Bromwich Albion 3 0 1 2 3 8 -5 1
20 Sheffield United 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

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