By Bulldog Drummond
It is difficult to get much from the statistics of this season since both clubs are doing a fine impersonation of a British entry in the European Song Contest and getting no points.
And there is a curious link between the two clubs – just take a look at the Norwich form this season. It is not just the losing of three league games, it is the high power win in the League Cup – exactly as per Arsenal.
|14 Aug 2021||Norwich City v Liverpool||L||0-3||Premier League|
|21 Aug 2021||Manchester City v Norwich City||L||5-0||Premier League|
|24 Aug 2021||Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth||W||6-0||League Cup|
|28 Aug 2021||Norwich City v Leicester City||L||1-2||Premier League|
At the end of last season Norwich had a run of 18 games in which they drew three, lost two and won 13 – not a bad run at all – and that took them up.
But at the end of the season having achieved promotion, they did not follow the route of some clubs such as Aston Villa, of spending zillions of pounds to try and stay up. Instead their buying was seven players, not one of whom cost £10m or more. The sources were places like POAK Salonika, Werder Bremen, Nice, Rostov and Burnley.
This clearly suggests a continuation of the approach in which they almost expect to go down, and take with them the solidarity payment which allows them to add to a squad that is perfectly able to win promotion.
This is not to say they are certain to go down, but rather that they are willing to accept that if that is the price of not bankrupting the club.
So there we have a highpoint of 19th in the Premier League and three relegations in the past 11 years. But there is a bonus to this yo=yo approach – I have not heard talk of Norwich City being in financial trouble. Of course I may have missed it since I am not that closely informed about Championship affairs, but I think they are stable.
Thus this is a club that knows where it can be, and it is not bankrupting itself to try and be something it is not.
So in the league they are surrounded by clubs of a different approach.
I don’t think there are great demands for Norwich to change their manager because I also suspect most of their fans understand exactly how the club is being run and being taken forward. If they can get a few years in the Premier League that will suit them fine. If not, well, that’s how it goes and they’ll enjoy the promotion next time around.
Arsenal, on the other hand, and as we know from history, and as we have seen in recent articles are in the process (now with Manchester United) of exploring a totally different way of playing football – football without tackles.
It is not what they want to do, it is what they are being forced to do by the way the refereeing works – as we have seen from the statistics and the selection of officials for tomorrow. And incidentally it is interesting that the main comments we get arguing with our analysis of the statistics is not showing that the stats are wrong nor explaining why they are irrelevant, nor commenting on our explanation that the new approach involves the defence – and that we have changed the whole defence (which means a settling down period both in tactics and in personnel).
No, the point made is that we are just making excuses. Which would be ok, if someone would actually show where our statistics, so carefully gathered and explained across last season and the season before (when we first spotted what was going on) have gone wrong.
The explanation of what Mr Arteta is doing, is there for all to see. It is hardly our fault that other bloggers and the mainstream media utterly refuse even to acknowledge the issue.
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- The last five years proves one big thing: nothing is guaranteed.