By Tony Attwood
It was our commentator Seismic who pointed out just how much the club has improved since Christmas Day this season, and I thought it was most certainly worth looking at this interesting observation, in a lot more detail. This first table shows the table on Christmas Day,
|10||West Ham United||14||6||3||5||21||19||2||21|
OK our position really is pretty awful in that table. I mean we were below such luminaries as Leeds, Palace, Newcastle (NEWCASTLE!!!) and the media’s favourites: the mighty tiny Totts.
So then I thought, let’s compare the pre-Christmas achievement of Arsenal and the club’s post-Christmas achievement. According to the media, and those rather droll supporters clubs who seem to want to claim that they are the biggest supporters clubs, (AST and BSM) we were awful before and awful after.
These figures are of course just Arsenal…
Now clearly we have been improving dramatically in the second half of the season; and this needs saying because the mass media and the bloggettas and those two Arsenal supporters clubs both claiming to be the biggest supporters clubs, and all their hangers on, won’t actually say this.
To make these differences clearer we can look at the results per game measured with the wins, draws and losses as percentages, and the goals and points shown per game.
That shows the magnitude of the achievement. 29% of games won before Father Christmas came down the chimney, but 54% after the wrapping paper was scattered on the floor. Our defeats dropped from over half to under a quarter. Our goals per game are over double as well.
So we had a truly rotten first part of the season up to Christmas Day. But how are we comparing after 36 games, with recent seasons.
|Pos||Team / Manager||P||W||D||L||F||A||GD||Pts|
Clearly, we are still a way behind the full season of Mr Emery and the last season of Mr Wenger. But as we have seen, Mr Arteta’s reforms only really kicked in after Christmas, so are our post-Christmas figures now comparable to these earlier seasons?
And here, to be clear I am taking the previous seasons’ full figures and comparing with this season’s post-Xmas, because I want to see if post-Christmas we are performing at the level we were at under previous managers.
|10||2019/20 all season||38||37%||37%||26%||1.47||1.26||1.43|
|5||2018/19 all season||38||55%||18%||26%||1.92||1.34||1.84|
|6||2017/18 all season||38||50%||16%||22%||1.94||1.34||1.66|
Yes this season post-Christmas, we have outperformed the whole season in percentage terms, for each of the past three years. Our points per game is better than anything in the last three seasons.
Of course none of this means anything if all the other top clubs are still doing much better since Christmas. So I thought it might be worth looking at what the allegedly big six and the rather amusing interlopers have done this season, looking at these two points in history.
First on Christmas Day
|10||West Ham United||14||6||3||5||21||19||2||21|
Now I woke up this morning, 14 May, and found
|6||West Ham United||35||17||7||11||55||45||10||58|
So who were the winners and losers in the second half of the season? This is the number of points these allegedly top clubs and challengers have got since Christmas – and remember the media and allegedly “largest” fans clubs’ knocking of Arsenal has continued every second of every day since Christmas.
- Manchester City: 57 points
- Manchester United: 44 points
- Arsenal: 41 points
- Chelsea: 39 points
- Leicester City: 39 points
- West Ham United: 37 points
- Tottenham Hotspur 31 points
- Liverpool: 29 points
Measuring like with like – Arsenal compared with the rest, but taking just the games after Christmas Day, Arsenal are now once more a top-four club. Of course, those old-time un-reformed anti-Wengerians, led as always by the Mail and the Mirror, will tell us at once that Fourth Is Not A Trophy. (Or to be more exact, Third).
And some poor turnips will repeat this, thinking it is clever.
But it is the best we have achieved since Mr Wenger left. And that is where we are now, in the form that has been running since Christmas Day.
Arsenal is not in crisis, Arsenal should not sack Arteta, Arsenal should not touch its defence, and Arsenal should think carefully about touching its attack. Since Christmas, we have been performing as a top-four team and we need to let them settle.
Don’t let the revolutionary militants such as Black Scarf, and Arsenal Supporters Trust destroy this achievement. Don’t let the newspapers and bloggettas and broadcasters convince you otherwise.
We are back to being a top-four club. Now we need to consolidate for a season and let the form since Christmas Day settle in for a year. Get back in the Champions League, let those brilliant youngsters shine for a year, and then maybe add one or two to just take us that final distance.
Untold will continue to point out the lies that the newspapers and certain supporters’ groups are perpetrating in their desperate attempt to undermine our club. Please don’t join in the negativity. Celebrate what has been achieved.
And remember this terrific turn around has come in the midst of some very strange refereeing.
The proof that something is seriously wrong with football refereeing and reporting
- Results from crowdless games are different from those with crowds. Why?
- How even a serious science magazine has used fake data on football
- Someone is trying to fake football stats – and doing it rather well,
- Crowdless stadia stats reveal fallacy of PGMO claims
- Proving unconscious bias by referees
- How clubs manipulate referees through their tactics
- Referees are not 98% accurate but only 75% accurate
- 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?