By Bulldog Drummond
In the previous article we were looking at Arsenal’s bad runs of form, and noting that Wolverhampton had suffered in the same way at the start of the season. But for them the bad run went on longer, as their opening results show…
|14 Aug 2021||Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers||L||1-0||League|
|22 Aug 2021||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham H||L||0-1||League|
|24 Aug 2021||Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton W||W||0-4||League Cup|
|29 Aug 2021||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester U||L||0-1||League|
|11 Sep 2021||Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers||W||0-2||League|
|18 Sep 2021||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brentford||L||0-2||League|
|22 Sep 2021||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham H||L||2-2 (2-3)||League Cup|
But Wolverhampton survived and of late have been having a bit of a decent run themselves… with one defeat and one draw in the last seven games. However it should be noted that the three goals scored against Southampton was only the fourth time in the season they have managed three goals or more in league or cup.
|15 Dec 2021||Brighton and Hove Albion v Wolverhampton W||W||0-1||Premier League|
|19 Dec 2021||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea||D||0-0||Premier League|
|3 Jan 2022||Manchester United v Wolverhampton W||W||0-1||Premier League|
|9 Jan 2022||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield United||W||3-0||FA Cup|
|15 Jan 2022||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton||W||3-1||Premier League|
|22 Jan 2022||Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers||W||1-2||Premier League|
|5 Feb 2022||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City||L||0-1||FA Cup|
Note: it appears we have got the referee wrong – please see comments after the article.
The referee for this match is Craig Pawson. If you are a regular follower of Untold’s train of thought you will know that we have long argued for each referee to oversee each team no more than twice in a season but we are nowhere near achieving that.
Pawson has seen Arsenal twice already and we won both games. However, there is a danger, for Pawson is a man who seems to be on a mission to see more fouls in an Arsenal game than anyone else. That is not to say I am alleging corruption at all, it is just how the figures pan out, and Arsenal need to be very aware of this.
We have already seen him twice this season, and as you may recall we have long campaigned for this to be the maximum number of times any referee is seen by an official.
Figures from Who Scored and are for Premier League games only.
|Referee||Arsenal games||Fouls per game||Yellow per game|
Wolverhampton have had him just once before and he gave 10 fouls in that game and two yellow cards.
In fact Pawson is very much middle of the road for all PGMO statistics this season, such as fouls, cards etc. Except for one. He gives far fewer penalties than any other Premier League referees. He has given one penalty this season in the Premier League
Let’s end with a peek at how the head to head has gone between the two clubs. Wolverhampton have played in all the divisions of the Football League except Division Three (South), reaching the fourth division in the late 1980s. This is now their fourth season back in the top division. Least season they were 14th.
Of the games between the two sides Wolverhampton have won 32 to Arsenal’s 58 with 28 drawn. We had a rather fine run against them from 1980 onward, playing them in 19 games without defeat, the run finally ending with a 3-1 loss in April 2019.
But since then it has all turned around and in fact the last six games against them have resulted in just one Arsenal win, with three defeats and two draws in the other games. The win was away on 4 July 2020. We do however have some rather nice videos of Arsenal wins against Wolverhampton on the Arsenal History society website.
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