By Bulldog Drummond
I don’t normally present the injury news for every team, but this is so extraordinary I’ve includef the full injury table rather than just the few clubs above Arsenal in terms of players injured. Here we go… Figures as always from Physioroom.com
- Wolverhampton Wanderers: 2
- Manchester City: 3
- West Bromwich Albion: 3
- West Ham United: 3
- Arsenal: 4
- Aston Villa: 4
- Burnley: 4
- Chelsea: 4
- Sheffield United: 4
- Tottenham Hots: 4
- Liverpool: 5
- Manchester United: 5
- Southampton: 5
- Brighton and Hove Albion: 6
- Fulham: 6
- Leeds United: 6
- Leicester City: 6
- Newcastle United: 6
- Crystal Palace: 9
- Everton: 10
Yes we are fifth in the injury rankings working from the bottom up rather than the other way around. Our four lost souls are all ruled out for this weekend’s game
|Player||Reason||Further Detail||Potential Return||Condition|
|Calum Chambers||Knee Injury||Oct 21: “Now back in full training and progressing well towards full match fitness.”||3 Dec||None|
|Reiss Nelson||Knee Injury||No further information||21 Nov||Currently Being Assessed|
|Pablo Mari Villar||Ankle/Foot Injury||Oct 28: “Aiming to integrate into full training after the November international period.”||21 Nov||None|
|Gabriel Martinelli||Knee Injury||Returning to training||2021||None|
I imagine that Southampton supporters are getting copies of the current league printed up and put in frames within their houses. And although Villa has slipped down from the heady days of being second in the league in early October.
But there has been a slide and there must also be a worry about their under 21s.
The under 21s don’t often concern us, but the Football League Trophy games are continuing without crowds and without coverage. This is the competition where the Premier League team enter their under 21 side, and play three away games against lower league teams.
Villa have played two of these, and lost both. The first 8-1 to Sunderland and the second 3-0 to Fleetwood Town – results not suggesting strength in depth.
Arsenal by contrast have played games against Crawley and Ipswich, and won both. But it is not the winning by Arsenal – it is the size of the Villa defeats that is interesting.
Yet they had a good run at the start, beating Burton Albion and Bristol City in League Cup games, and basement buddies Sheffield United and Fulham in the league.
After losing their third league cup game (at home to Stoke) they then had that extraordinary match in which they beat Liverpool 7-2. All hail the new dawn! Especially since after that they beat the media’s favourites: Leicester City, 0-1 away. But then came two home defeats – to Leeds (0-3) and Southampton (3-4).
Our Premier League approach hasn’t always been that much better: four wins and three defeats.
|2 Sep 2020||Fulham v Arsenal||W||0-3||Premier League|
|19 Sep 2020||Arsenal v West Ham United||W||2-1||Premier League|
|28 Sep 2020||Liverpool v Arsenal||L||3-1||Premier League|
|04 Oct 2020||Arsenal v Sheffield United||W||2-1||Premier League|
|17 Oct 2020||Manchester City v Arsenal||L||1-0||Premier League|
|25 Oct 2020||Arsenal v Leicester City||L||0-1||Premier League|
|01 Nov 2020||Manchester United v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
The encouraging thought however is that we have been losing to teams challenging at the top. Encouraging, in that this doesn’t really include Villa given their recent results. But not encouraging when we consider that we ought to be beating the likes of Leicester, even if we have not risen to Manchester City and Liverpool’s level yet.
We have played three games at home and scored four goals, and that isn’t really where we should be.
Taking into account all our games this season from the Community Shield onwards we have these figures…
|Name||Goals||Assists||Played||Goals per 90||Mins per Goal||Total Shots||Goal Conversion||Shot Accuracy|
There is no doubt that if Pepe and Eddie could get his conversion rates up, we’d be in a much better position.
Coming shortly…. More on Arsenal v Villa
- The desperate need to sort out Arsenal’s away form
- Despite media denials, away advantage now outweighs home advantage
- 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