By Tony Attwood
This is a very curious and odd league table at the moment. The almighty glorious wonderful Liverpool of yesteryear have slipped down to sixth and are hobnobbing it with their neighbours (three points below and two games in hand).
Arsenal and Tottenham (the latter being regularly tipped for great things, largely on the basis that the club told the media that was the case) are 10th and 8th.
Looked at one way, six points between us and the “6th is even less of a trophy than 4th was” position is not that great, especially since the three teams standing in the way of us knocking Liverpool off sixth spot have one or two games in hand.
Our goal difference doesn’t help us, and we’d have to take it that in picking up those six points to get to sixth we’d pick up a few handy goals as well.
One way to estimate how things might go is to look at the form table… this table just covering the last six games is helpfully provided by The Fishy
|5||West Ham U||6||3||1||2||10||7||3||10||
|11||Brighton & Hove||6||2||2||2||4||4||0||8||
|16||West Bromwich A||6||1||3||2||5||7||-2||6||
Sadly this doesn’t give us a lot of encouragement at this point – in the table built on the last six games, we are lower than we are overall – we are 12th.
A slight encouragement comes with the realisation, however, that Tottenham and Liverpool! are doing even worse both in terms of points and goal difference. Although only by one point it must be admitted.
But, clutching at every straw that appears to be passing by none of the clubs we need to overtake are particularly flying high – and here is the most extraordinary thing, in the last six games we have the best goal difference of all five of the clubs.
Now I am talking about straws and the desperate reaching out for them, because we do need those above us to fail if we are going to swarm up the league and get sixth, and not win a trophy for it.
If it is too much for us then unless we win the Europa we’ll be out of Europe for the first time since 1995/6. That season we came fifth (a great improvement on the 12th the season before) and as a result clambered back into Europe, where we remained ever since… at least until now.
The recovery from 1994/5 through to the glorious years was, in retrospect, remarkably fast. 12th that season, then fifth, then third, then the second Double. It almost seems a blink of an eye, although it didn’t feel like that at the time.
So 1995/6, no Europe, and then ever since, Europe, including the second highest number of consecutive years in the Champions League of any team in the whole continent. Only Real Mad have beaten us on that score.
We’re clutching at straws of course, but sometimes those straws can give us the pull up we need. Not always, but sometimes.
- Arsenal are planning for customers not supporters, once we are allowed back in the ground
- Should we be worried about Arsenal’s attitude towards its most loyal fans?
- Arsenal directors’ message to fans: know your place and don’t talk out of turn
- Injuries Time to sack Tierney accordinig to one part of the media
- Next season starting lineup and the new Financial Fair Play rules
- The huge bias of referees is proven. PGMO and media fight back.
- 93 players rumoured to be going to Arsenal. Are the journos getting lazy?
- The home and away scandal: ignorance, or cover up?