By Bulldog Drummond
As we saw in the last article Arsenal are caught in a perfect referees’ trap for Leeds match.
Our one hope is that as with the Leicester’s expansions of the tackling and penalty-gaining rules, now the negative way Arsenal are being treated is exposed the referees know they have been rumbled, and reign things back in.
This, along with our detailed exposure of how the “gaslighting” approach to debating what is going on in Premier League is stopping all serious debate about refereeing, is the main issue in Premier League football today. An index to the gaslighting series is at the end of this article, but in simple terms it means manipulating a debate by moving it to other areas (such as “you only complain about refs because Arsenal are doing badly) and thus pretending the original issue (refereeing is not reasonable and fair) does not exist.
But the game is to be played, and the refereeing will be done by PGMO, and the reporting will be undertaken using all the usual gaslighting techniques by the media and the compliant blogs that follow their lead.
So we have to contemplate the season so far with the relative achievements of Arsenal (at home) and Leeds (away)
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Not surprisingly, with their ability to tackle with near impunity Leeds are a stronger team away from home than Arsenal are at home, and thus must start as favourites. The one thing in our favour is that we can defend well, which is quite amazing considering that almost every tackle we make is penalised as a foul. If we can only get our forward line working we should be ok.
The other point of course is that having published our gaslighting series the PGMO know we are on to them, and know that we are going to compare the tackles, fouls and yellow cards for both clubs. The media won’t take any notice as under gaslighting rules they won’t ever comment on the referees, so we are pretty much in this fight on our own. Which is why it is once again becoming the key focus of Untold, as it was when we had Walter writing referee match reports.
In terms of what has happened this year, we can notice is that Leeds have played seven, won three and lost four (including a defeat to Crawley Town by 3-0 in the FA Cup.) They have conceded 11 and scored eight in these seven games.
While Leeds have just been playing seven games since the new year Arsenal has been playing nine games. We’ve won four, drawn two, lost three. If however we take just the last seven to give a comparison with Leeds our results are won two, drawn two, lost three. We have conceded five and scored eight in those games.
That is a much better performance by Arsenal than Leeds in terms of the defence as our overall performance from the start of the season has indeed been. Indeed despite recent poor results we are still the third best defensive team in the league.
Here is the top four based on defences…
In the next piece we will have a look at who our top scorers actually are, and how well they are doing. The Gaslighting index is below, in case you missed the series.
Gaslighting: how refereeing in the Premier League is manipulated, and why the media never speak about it.
- 1: Are the referees and the media really out to get Arsenal, or am I just imagining it?
- 2: How discussions about refereeing are deliberately stifled by the media
- 3: Referees: the odd statistics that are simply never revealed or discussed
- 4: How we have been utterly misled about football: part 4
- 5: Hiding the problem of refereeing is destroying the credibility of the Premier League
- 6: Revealed: PL referees are not 98% accurate but actually just 75% accurate
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