Arsenal v Newcastle in the FA Cup: the injury situation is unprecedented

By Bulldog Drummond

Now here is a funny thing.  Just look at the injury table – we are no longer at the top, in fact we are almost at the bottom.

Of course this will be an opportunity for one or two anti-Wengerians to come in and say that they told us all along that our ex-manager and his training sessions were the cause of our injuries.

But they might care to remember that we have been up the top of the injury league for quite a bit of the time since he left, and there really doesn’t seem to be any link between manager and injuries – unless it relates to the way referees reign in clubs with yellow cards.  We’ll look at that later.

Anyway, here is the full list of the number of players each clubs has injured at  the moment, as always taken from the database of

  1. Brighton and Hove Albion: 8
  2. Mancheseter City: 8
  3. Southampton: 8
  4. Burnley: 7
  5. Crystal Palace: 7
  6. Sheffield United: 7
  7. Leeds United: 6
  8. Liverpool: 6
  9. Everton: 5
  10. Newcastle United: 5
  11. Wolverhampton Wanderers: 5
  12. Leicester Penalty: 4
  13. Manchester United: 4
  14. Tottenham Hots: 4
  15. West Bromwich Albion: 4
  16. Aston Villa 3
  17. Chelsea: 3
  18. West Ham United: 3
  19. Arsenal: 2
  20. Fulham: 1

But who are these two recalcitrant players still crying off with injury when all others are fit, I hear you ask.

Well here they are…

Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes Covid Dec 28: “Tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating according to protocol. Hoping he will be available again after our next two matches.” 14/01/2021 Covid isolation 50%
Thomas Partey Thigh Injury Jan 02: “He’s feeling good and we will assess him. He needs another two or three good sessions to see if he’s 100 per cent OK to play.” 09/1 Late fitness 75%

So we could be pretty much down to one covid and no injuries!  If covid isolation is now 10 days then Gabriel is well out of it.  But if he has not been training, even on his own, it would be sensible to leave him until the next match.

As for Arsenal although we have had three wins in a row our home form is still not that good, although Newcastle’s away form isn’t either.

Pos Club / venue P W D L F A GD Pts
15 Arsenal home 8 3 1 4 9 11 -2 10
16 Newcastle United away 7 2 2 3 8 11 -3 8

So home and away comparisons for today look quite even, although we are doing better on the injury front.

As for the tackles, fouls and yellows this is what we find at the moment…

Club Tackles Fouls Tackles per foul Yellow cards Fouls per yellow Penalties for Penalties against Lge pos
Arsenal 201 160 1.26 26 6.15 3 1 11
Newcastle 214 165 1.30 29 5.68 4 2 15

Both clubs have obviously been taking note of these tables as both are getting in more tackles per foul than they were earlier in the season.   But there is a similarity between the two clubs, so the most likely influence today will be how each side has been doing of late…

We’ll take a look at the last ten games…

Date Match Result Score Competition
06 Nov 2020 Southampton v Newcastle United L 2-0 Premier League
21 Nov 2020 Newcastle United v Chelsea L 0-2 Premier League
27 Nov 2020 Crystal Palace v Newcastle United W 0-2 Premier League
12 Dec 2020 Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion W 2-1 Premier League
16 Dec 2020 Leeds United v Newcastle United L 5-2 Premier League
19 Dec 2020 Newcastle United v Fulham D 1-1 Premier League
22 Dec 2020 Brentford v Newcastle United L 1-0 League Cup
26 Dec 2020 Manchester City v Newcastle United L 2-0 Premier League
30 Dec 2020 Newcastle United v Liverpool D 0-0 Premier League
03 Jan 2021 Newcastle United v Leicester City L 1-2 Premier League

That gives them two wins, five defeats, and two draws with eight goals scored

and Arsenal…

Date Match Result Score Competition
03 Dec 2020 Arsenal v Rapid Wien W 4-1 UEFA Europa League
06 Dec 2020 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal L 2-0 Premier League
10 Dec 2020 Dundalk v Arsenal W 2-4 UEFA Europa League
13 Dec 2020 Arsenal v Burnley L 0-1 Premier League
16 Dec 2020 Arsenal v Southampton D 1-1 Premier League
19 Dec 2020 Everton v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
22 Dec 2020 Arsenal v Manchester City L 1-4 League Cup
26 Dec 2020 Arsenal v Chelsea W 3-1 Premier League
29 Dec 2020 Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
02 Jan 2021 West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal W 0-4 Premier League

We have five wins, one draw and four defeats and 21 goals scored.  True our last ten includes a couple of easy Europa League games but that’s still a lot more than Newcastle have been knocking in.  So far it is looking positive on all fronts.

More anon.

We’ve completed the latest round of analysis of referee behaviour and club responses: