By Tony Attwood
As you can read from the comments made by readers following yesterday’s final article, that most readers who commented were not impressed by the referee. And of course nor was I. But I would still like to stick to my theme that Mr Arteta and co must learn that this is how it goes, and they must from that point on, learn how best to deal with it. There is no point sending out teams over and over again expecting a balanced approach.
We now know why and how it happens, so there is no excuse. If you want to know more, try these articles
- How the top clubs foul with impunity
- Could Arsenal adopt Leicester’s tactics and follow them up the table?
And if those are still not enough there are some more at the end of the article.
As for now, we have of course played more games than most, but still the fact is that we are creeping upwards, aided and abetted by those slipping down.
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We are going to have to keep this up for quite a while now, but with the way clubs are rising and falling, if we can keep up the momentum then we might just earn not a trophy. (We could of course also win the the Europa which would be nice).
And we do have the fourth best defence in the league which is a solid base to build on. If some of our “fans” could also abandon their constant attack on and moaning about Pepe and one or two others, that might help as well. How anyone can ever think that moaning about players in ones own team is helpful, is utterly beyond me.
But it is strange how things evolve. Who would have imagined that Liverpool! would have got to this point of the season and have such a poor away record (just two wins away from Anfield while at home they have only had one defeat. Something in the grass at Anfield?)
Anyway from Boxing Day on we have played six league games, won five and drawn one. Along the way we have scored 14 and conceded two. Which is rather good going by my reckoning.
The next one against Manchester United is tough, but thereafter it gets slightly easier with Wolverhampton, Aston Villa and Leeds before the Europa League comes back with the away game in Portugal.
And because we are not dependent on just one person to score the goals, that causes the defences to have more concerns about us and gives us more choices in the way we play.
Mr Arteta also gave a negative injury update saying, “From Saturday … in the FA Cup game we had five players that they were not available to play. I just want to make clear that we made seven changes and five of them were because they were not ready to play the game.
“Tierney was one of them and Thomas was another one of them. You could see today that he could not even hold for 60 minutes. So, we have to manage those players, we have to protect them. But sometimes they are not fit. I cannot explain every single day how everybody is feeling.”
Meanwhile the Martin Ødegaard should be completed today, and with the way Mr Arteta is talking up the injuries we could see him play in the next match.
- We must be clear; it is the referees who have been giving clubs the advantage
- 160 games analysed with video evidence
- The media is quiet as Riley finally admit huge number of referee errors.
- Excellent newspaper article proves ref bias and points to media complicity in hiding it
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- It never rains but the journalists want Arsenal to drown in a mess of their own making
- Back to the football: Watford video and Arsenal v Lyon 8 December preview
- The 40 players coming to Arsenal and the 6 most predicted for this January
- Gabriel injury: why no replacement is needed