By Bulldog Drummond
This article continues our match preview series following on from Arsenal v Burnley: tackles, fouls, yellows and home/away form.
When it comes to injuries it might feel like we are top of the league, but in fact that is not the case. Figures as always come from Premier Injuries.
It is interesting that the top four places (ie the four clubs with the fewest injuries to players) are all in London. Clearly, it must be something to do with the fresh air in the capital. Unfortunately, the missing team from that group is Arsenal.
We should also remember that Premier Injuries include players unable to play because they are in Africa or suspended. Here is the list of clubs by the number of missing players.
- Tottenham Hotspur: 4
- West Ham United: 5
- Chelsea: 5
- Crystal Palace: 5
- Aston Villa: 6
- Everton: 6
- Manchester City: 6
- Norwich City: 6
- Southampton: 6
- Brentford: 7
- Brighton and Hove Albion: 7
- Arsenal: 8
- Wolverhampton Wanderers: 8
- Newcastle United: 8
- Burnley: 9
- Liverpool: 10
- Manchester United: 10
- Watford: 10
- Leeds United: 11
- Leicester City: 11
Our list of the missing is
- Piere-Emerick Aubameyang: Heart leisions
- Calum Chambers: Neck injury
- Mohammed Elneny: Africa cup of Nations
- Bernd Leno: Back injury
- Thomas Partey: Suspended
- Nicolas Pepe: Africa Cup of Nations
- Cedric Soares: Hip injury
- Granit Xhaka: Suspended
All of which makes the conclusion of the loan deal for Maitland-Niles and the release of Kolasinac, all the more curious. However, as ever we’ll leave the ideas on the exact selection until the day of the game.
Which brings us back to how the two teams have been doing of late.
We saw in the earlier piece that Arsenal’s home record is massively superior to Burnley’s away record. And now we can return to this area of analysis by considering the recent form of both clubs.
|7||West Ham United||6||3||0||3||13||11||2||9|
|8||Brighton and Hove Albion||6||2||3||1||8||6||2||9|
This table continues to suggest that our push to end up in one of the top four places is still on track, despite the fact that we are currently sixth in the whole-season table. Burnley are now bottom of the league, but they have played fewer games than any other club. In fact, Burnley have managed only 17 games this season while Chelsea have played six more league games!
Thus although Burnley are bottom they might have some hopes of winning a few of those games in hand – but to do this their form is certainly going to have to improve.
Indeed if we move on and look at the league rankings over the last 10 games we see that Arsenal are functioning at the level of fourth, which is what we are hoping for at the end of the season. Burnley are running at 16th which sounds better than the last six match table but is only achieved on goal difference.
|7||West Ham United||10||4||2||4||18||16||2||14|
|10||Brighton and Hove||10||2||6||2||10||10||0||12|
It is particularly interesting to see Everton in 19th in the last ten matches table. Since David Moyes left the club in 2013 they have had nine managers, three of whom were temps. The permanent men were: Martinez, Koeman, Allardyce, Silve, Ancelotti and Benitez. Of the permanent managers the most successful in terms of win percentages was Ancelotti with 46.27%.
During the same spell, Arsenal have had three permanent managers and one temp. Of the permanent managers, the win percentages across their entire time at Arsenal were Wenger 57.25%, Emery 55.13% and Arteta, 55.05%. These in fact are the three most successful permanent managers in the history of Arsenal.
Burnley have had one manager across this period since 2013 – Sean Dyche, and what is interesting is that in a few games time he will become the third-longest manager in the history of the club. But his win percentage is only 35.44%. But he did win the championship title in 2016.
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