By Bulldog Drummond
My goodness it seems like only the day before yesterday that we were celebrating a victory over Leicester and now we are looking forward to a home match against Liverpool! Well! This must a moment for saying that the “games come thick and fast.”
Of course during these recent days a few of the journalists have gradually caught up on the notion that Arsenal are no longer at the bottom of the league, and no sooner had one person said that “Arsenal have to be favourites to get the last place in the top four” than we found everyone was saying it. The herd moves on once again.
The last six games table shows us where we are going – and the advantage Liverpool still hold over us: our goal difference is way down on Liverpool’s. I’m including the top eight because it is always nice to give the Tiny Totts a little mention so they don’t feel too left out…
The last six games
|7||West Ham United||6||3||2||1||7||5||2||11|
The last ten games table has a similar look except the goal difference is much closer – showing that we can deliver goals over time. Tottenham are in much the same position which seafaring folk tend to call “adrift”.
The last 10 games
|8||West Ham United||10||5||2||3||14||11||3||17|
That last ten match table shows just three goals in the goal difference column in fact – one fewer scored and two fewer conceded). The points as you will see, are identical.
At this time we also always do the home and away games table and here we can see that we have the slight edge, but really it is very close indeed.
And here again, if we just look at more recent games we find a closeness. Arsenal have 19 points from the last eight home games while Liverpool have 17 points from their last eight away games. Everything in terms of form points to a draw.
On the injury front we seem to have no new concerns, although whether Tomiyasu will be available is a matter of doubt. The latest from Arteta is that “we’re still assessing him because we’re taking some time to try to protect him and get him in the best and safest possible way.”
We have noted that If current trends continue Arsenal will finish 3rd, and Chelsea 4th, and obviously in this regard, we might be helped by the local difficulties that Chelsea now find themselves in. For although pundits have (very late in the day) come round to the notion of Arsenal coming in fourth, they haven’t decided what they think will happen to post-Abramovichian Chelsea.
However, there is the rather droll headline in the Telegraph, “Chelsea expected to lobby Government saying they cannot afford to get to Middlesbrough and back for £20,000”. If things are that bad I would have thought that they could have had a whip-round among the players.
But while playing with the league tables it is important to see just how far Arsenal has come since those days in the late summer, in which the wild and whacky were predicting that each season would see the end of Arsenal continuous run in the Premier League since 1919. I refer of course to the table after the first three games.
That was when Sports Mole ran the headline, “Ray Parlour: ‘Arsenal could be relegated’ – and Give Me Sport had “Arsenal are third-most backed team to be relegated from the Premier League”.
TalkSport, always at the heart of moderation ran “GET RID:Arsenal fans call for Mikel Arteta to be sacked after humiliating back-to-back defeats, as bookmakers slash odds on Gunners to be relegated.”
Oh what jolly japes those journalists had in those days. Of course since then they have all apologised for their foolishness in running such stories, and indeed here are those apologies in fulsome detail, with not a word missed out.
Makes one think, doesn’t it.
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