By Sir Hardly Anyone
As you will recall, I’m sure, we recently played Wolverhampton and so went through all the regular analyses that we do prior to each game, for that first round. So there is only a minimal about to say now.
Indeed we seemingly don’t even have any injuries – the only person we had left on the list of non-players was Martinelli suspended for the last game, so he is back.
And even more extraordinarily, Wolverhampton are in the same boat. Their statement on injuries reads, “Everyone is involved in training, so every player’s fit, and ready to join the team, so it’s good news.”
So there we are two full teams. There is however one rather interesting league table that we can run… It is the league table run on goals scored. I’ve included the top seven, and then our opponents.
|5||West Ham United||26||12||6||8||45||34||11||42|
We can’t hide the fact that goal-scoring through the season as a whole has been poor.
But hold on, what’s this that pops up across the last six games? Yes we are the second-highest scoring team in the league…
So even though our two centre forwards have not scored very often across the last six games we are doing ok. And in fact, across the last ten games, we are also quite well
And all this having two midfielders as our top scorers, our third best scorer having packed up and left and our two remaining resident scorers getting between them just about half the goals scored by our midfield players!
|10||Emile Smith Rowe||18||10|
So let’s stop worrying about having a goalscorer and instead enjoy the fact that we most certainly do have a goal scorer – or rather two of them and indeed that’s why everyone sings “I like it I like it I like it”.
Of course we need someone to play in the number nine position and even if it is Martinelli, we still need a backup as well, and of course I would enjoy the season even more if we scored as many goals in the last ten games as Manchester City, but I do think it is important not to be swayed by the incessant suggestion that there is something wrong with Arsenal’s attack this season.
The story of this season, as these tables endlessly show, is that we had a rocky start because of illness in the squad. While Liverpool were able to have a game called off because a load of players were said to have had covid and then didn’t (the false positive scandal) we were told to battle on in order to give the media all its “worst start since the ice age” tales.
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