By Bulldog Drummond
It is of course self-evident that a win against Liverpool today would mean far more than three points. For the media’s utter devotion to Liverpool (which we used to symbolise by writing the club’s name always as Liverpool!) is as strong as ever. Explanations and excuses would follow of course, but it would be a shock to the media-system, not least because none of the major publications take any real notice of recent form.
In the table of the last six matches we are five points above Liverpool – but of course, we have had some easier games of late.
Our team has changed as week. That first game against Brentford had a lineup of
Mari White Chambers Tierney
Xhaka Lokonga Smith Rowe
Pepe Balogun Martinelli
And we should note that although we have not been playing traditional big teams of late our unbeaten run of eight games in the league is the longest winning run of any Premier League side. What’s more if we include the league cup games that takes it up to 10 games without defeat.
We have also noted several times Arteta’s amazing statistics in terms of win percentages and noted particularly 54 wins in 100 games. How extraordinary that the media and the AAA were all campaigning for him to be removed after three matches this season. Arteta’s start to his period as manager has only been bettered once – and that by George Graham who got 56 wins in 100 games, and ol George did quite well before he went off the rails.
And yet the media and some “supporters” wanted Arteta out of the club!!!
Here’s another good stat. If our defence can hold the referee and Liverpool team at bay that would make it four away games without conceding in a row – something last achieved in May 2005. In case you are intrigued here are the details…
|12 Mar 2005||Bolton Wanderers v Arsenal||W||0-1||FA Cup|
|19 Mar 2005||Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|9 Apr 2005||Middlesbrough v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|20 Apr 2005||Chelsea v Arsenal||D||0-0||Premier League|
|2 May 2005||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
And yes of course not for the first time Untold has to admit we got it wrong in suggesting we were not going to sign Aaron Ramsdale. His latest achievement is that he has not conceded a single goal in five of his eight Premier League games this season.
But we do have an excuse. He had just a grand total of five games without conceding in 37 matches for Bournemouth (2019/2000) and five without conceding in 38 games for Sheffield United last season. How were we supposed to know he was this good?????
Another nice pointer for today’s game is that Emile Smith Rowe has scored in three consecutive league games and his total of four thus far is double that of 2020/21.
Meanwhile, WhoScored tell us that there have been three or more goals in Liverpool’s last eight games in the Premier League, which might lead you to think that this could be a 0-1 to the Arsenal, not least because Liverpool have scored two or more in their last eight league games and all runs come to an end sometime.
Against that as we have noted we have not let in a goal very often of late…
|11 Sep 2021||Arsenal v Norwich City||W||1-0||Premier League|
|18 Sep 2021||Burnley v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|22 Sep 2021||Arsenal v AFC Wimbledon||W||3-0||League Cup|
|26 Sep 2021||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||3-1||Premier League|
|2 Oct 2021||Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal||D||0-0||Premier League|
|18 Oct 2021||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||D||2-2||Premier League|
|22 Oct 2021||Arsenal v Aston Villa||W||3-1||Premier League|
|26 Oct 2021||Arsenal v Leeds United||W||2-0||League Cup|
|30 Oct 2021||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
|7 Nov 2021||Arsenal v Watford||W||1-0||Premier League|
By my counting that still makes it five goals in ten games.
But the Whoscored predictions are always worthy of a read in my view…
|Liverpool will score as a result of an opposition error|
|There will be a low number of cards shown|
|Liverpool will score a long shot|
I think that middle point has a bit missing as it should end “against Liverpool players”.
Next up, the team. Previously, in case you missed it…
- Partey setback, AFC man hauled off, new C Ronaldo signing, Arteta desperate
- How the media always knocks Arsenal, but ignores England’s failures.
- Left has never been stronger at Arsenal FC!
- The seven main things that are wrong with football in England
- 2022-23 WSL Arsenal v Spurs – Match Preview – part 2 comments from the manager and team news