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Arsenal’s absentee details, our unfortunate league position and hope of a rise

By Bulldog Drummond

One good bit of news is that we can’t sink any lower down the league between now and the end of Sunday, but on the other hand a win could see us shuffle up a few places, depending on others.   Here is the rather alarming league table as of Sunday morning (UK time of course).

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 10 6 3 1 22 17 5 21
2 Tottenham Hotspur 9 6 2 1 21 9 12 20
3 Chelsea 9 5 3 1 22 10 12 18
4 Leicester City 9 6 0 3 18 12 6 18
5 Southampton 9 5 2 2 17 13 4 17
6 Everton 10 5 1 4 19 17 2 16
7 Aston Villa 8 5 0 3 19 11 8 15
8 Manchester City 9 4 3 2 15 11 4 15
9 West Ham United 9 4 2 3 15 10 5 14
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 4 2 3 9 10 -1 14
11 Leeds United 10 4 2 4 15 17 -2 14
12 Newcastle United 10 4 2 4 12 15 -3 14
13 Manchester United 8 4 1 3 13 14 -1 13
14 Arsenal 9 4 1 4 9 10 -1 13

A 4-0 win could take us above Everton, who were the superstar team of the early days.  Indeed exactly one month ago on 29 October Everton were still top.  Tricky thing this consistency lark.

As we saw in our earlier commentary we now have more injuries than any other team in the League – something we were always accused of having (but didn’t always have) under Mr Wenger.  It was all his fault then.  Is it all Mr Arteta’s fault now?

Here are the injuries although I should add that Physioroom do include all players unavailable for a game – which means our numbers (like all other teams of course) are inflated by one in terms of a suspension.

Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Nicolas Pepe Suspended Sending Off – Red Card 14/12/2020 None Ruled Out
Thomas Partey Thigh Injury Nov 20: “Sustained a strain to his left thigh. Continues to be assessed, will not be available for this weekend’s match and will continue his rehabilitation.” 06/12/2020 None 25%
Pablo Mari Villar Ankle/Foot Injury Oct 28: “Aiming to integrate into full training after the November international period.” 03/12/2020 None Ruled Out
Bukayo Saka Thigh Injury Nov 25: “It’s very doubtful [that he’ll be back for Sunday]. He’s been in a lot of pain for the last few days so I cannot say today that he’s going to be fit.” 29/11/2020 Late Fitness Test 25%
Willian Borges Da Silva Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Nov 25: “Slight calf issue. Will continue to be assessed and aiming to be available for Sunday’s match against Wolves.” 29/11/2020 Late Fitness Test 50%
David Luiz Moreira Marinho Other Nov 26: “We hope that he is OK. These surfaces bring different challenges to some players that have issues in their bodies, so we want to take zero risk.” 29/11/2020 Late Fitness Test 50%
Gabriel Martinelli Knee Injury Aug 25: “Will step up his rehab with the aim of a return to full training by the end of the calendar year.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Calum Chambers Other Lacking Match Fitness No Return Date Currently Being Assessed 25%
Mohamed Elneny Exposure to coronavirus Nov 25: “Mo is asymptomatic and following protocols ahead of returning to training. No Return Date Currently Being Assessed Ruled Out
Sead Kolasinac Exposure to coronavirus Nov 25: “Sead is currently asymptomatic and following protocols ahead of returning to training.” No Return Date Currently Being Assessed Ruled Out

As for Wolverhampton Doubleyou, we have played them 116 times, winning 58, drawing 28 and losing 30.

Since 16 May 1980, which was 40 years and five months ago, (but who’s counting?) and was in days so ancient the League was called League Division One, we have played them 23 times (the seasons when we have not played them being because they have, for reasons best known to themselves, decided to play in other leagues).  In these 23 matches in 40 years we have won 17, there have been five draws, and we have lost just the one.

Date Game Res Score Competition
16 May 1980 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal W 1-2 League Division One
6 Dec 1980 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers D 1-1 League Division One
25 Apr 1981 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal W 1-2 League Division One
2 Feb 1982 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 2-1 League Division One
3 Apr 1982 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal D 1-1 League Division One
29 Aug 1983 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal W 1-2 League Division One
24 Mar 1984 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 4-1 League Division One
5 Apr 1998 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 1-0 FA Cup
24 Jan 1999 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal W 1-2 FA Cup
2 Dec 2003 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 5-1 League Cup
26 Dec 2003 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 3-0 Premier League
7 Feb 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal W 1-3 Premier League
29 Jan 2005 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 2-0 FA Cup
7 Nov 2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal W 1-4 Premier League
3 Apr 2010 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 1-0 Premier League
10 Nov 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
12 Feb 2011 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 2-0 Premier League
27 Dec 2011 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers D 1-1 Premier League
11 Apr 2012 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal W 0-3 Premier League
11 Nov 2018 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers D 1-1 Premier League
24 Apr 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
2 Nov 2019 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers D 1-1 Premier League
4 Jul 2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
29 Nov 2020 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League

Not a bad run but we do need to wipe out the memory of that 24 April 2019 defeat.

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