By Bulldog Drummond
It’s over 12 years since Untold Arsenal started noting the number of injuries each Premier League club had each week, and I have never seen a table of the number of players out injured before that looks at all this before.
- Crystal Palace: 9 players
- Liverpool: 7 players
- Burnley: 6 players
- Leeds United: 6 players
- Leicester City: 6 players
- Southampton: 6 players
- West Ham United: 6 players
- Brighton and Hove Albion: 5 players
- Manchester United: 5 players
- Newcastle United: 5 players
- Sheffield United: 5 players
- Chelsea: 4 players
- Wolverhampton Wanderers: 4 players
- Aston Villa: 3 players
- Tottenham Hots: 3 players
- Everton: 2 players
- Fulham: 2 players
- Manchester City: 2 players
- West Bromwich Albion: 2 players
- Arsenal: 1 player
Yep we are bottom (or top if you want to turn it upside down) of the league of injuries with just one player out.
And who is this man who is stopping us from having a clean sheet? I hear you cry. And the answer is it is Thomas Partey whose scan was giving some concern before Thursday’s match, so we don’t really know where he is on the road to recovery.
But still with everyone else fit, we ought to be able to put out a decent squad.
As for Manchester City they have Nathan Ake who is back to training on his own but not yet ready, and Iklay Gundogan who has started training again with the rest of the team but will be tested before the match. Physioroom.com rate him as 75% possible.
I don’t keep count of injuries through the season, but I am starting to wonder if we are seeing a record low number of injuries this season since the Premier League began, and if so why. Could it be the lack of the crowd – for just as home crowds influence referees, maybe they influence players to be more reckless in their tackles? I would most certainly be interested if anyone has added up the days missed through injuries during the no-crowd era and compared it with the number of players out before the no crowd era began.
Despite the success of Manchester City since it became part of the Sheikh Mansour (total personal wealth estimated at around £19,000,000,000) fun and games empire, Arsenal have still beaten Manchester Money more often than they have beaten us.
We have won 98, they have won 59 and 45 have been drawn. Oh and one thing I am reminded of in mentioning the wealth of the owner, I have had several Manchester C supporters (for such people do, I regret to say, exist) telling me that I shouldn’t complain about the money behind the club since Arsenal were in the 1930s known as the Bank of England club.
That is certainly true, but Arsenal were known by such a name because they had the highest income of any club in the country – and that income came totally from their crowds. Soon after moving to Highbury, Arsenal were, year after year, the team that played in front of more spectators than any other.
But of course, earning one’s money through football, or through being gifted it by a young man who has inherited a fortune, well, what’s the difference?
In fact a look at the records shown that, the last time we beat them in the league was in December 2015, 2-1 at home. But since then we have beaten them twice in the FA Cup and beaten them each time, in 2017 and 2020. So if our guys can pretend it is an FA Cup match, we’ll be ok.
For the History of Arsenal and the daily Arsenal video of a great historic match you might enjoy the daily blog of the Arsenal History Society And if you want to show positive support for Arsenal as a club, there is the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association.
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