By Bulldog Drummond
- Arsenal v Liverpool: all the form of late points to a draw
- Arsenal v Liverpool: This is Arsenal’s best position since 2014.
- Chelsea score yet another own goal, and the tackles / fouls / yellow ratio with Liverpool
And so with the three teams below us who have pretensions of European football next season now having played three more games than Arsenal the top four positions are looking even more secure
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Chelsea seem to have given their PR department over to Bonkers Incorporated, and we now just have to wait to see what this will do to their results. Do they develop a siege mentality or was the suggestion that their game against Middlesborough be behind closed doors just part of a regime that might best be described as “New Daft”. We shall see as the days go by.
Shutting up would of course be their best option but the club and its supporters seem to be congenitally incapable of following that approach. The media thus are just waiting for their next outburst and each glorious bit of nonsense makes their situation worse.
But back to Arsenal. Of course, we need to get something out of those three games, in hand against Manu, Wham and the Wobbleyous. And tonight is the first chance.
The news that the media is focussing on, is that Liverpool can win their third consecutive away match at Arsenal for the first time in their history. The recent results having been…
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Countering that is the rather jolly stat that Arsenal are unbeaten in all eight of their midweek Premier League home matches under the current manager. That is five wins and three draws. The stats of this nature go on beyond this but really it gets a bit ludicrous after that so we’ll leave that.
The referee is Andre Marriner. He has overseen two Liverpool and two Arsenal games so far this season, and here is his record… All figures are per game except the fouls per tackle figure, which is, rather obviously, fouls per tackle.
As we can see, under Mr Marriner’s guidance Liverpool commit more fouls per game, undoubtedly because a much high proportion of their tackles are called as fouls than is the case with Arsenal. It is a chink of light and maybe could be a deciding factor.
And although the run of results against Liverpool has been awful (one win in the last 18 with no Arsenal goals in the last five meetings) all such runs do eventually come to an end. And if that happens tonight this will be the first time that Arsenal have won six Premier League games in a row since Unai Emery was sacked.
Indeed mentioning Unai Emery reminds me that we have not looked at the win percentages of our managers for a while.
If you are a regular reader you will know that the last three permanent managers we have had, have also been the most successful in terms of win percentages. It has taken Mr Arteta a while to overtake Mr Emery on that score (due to his two major redevelopments – one in terms of the no-tackle tactics and the other by building a totally new defence) but he is getting closer and closer…
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Back with the current matches, maybe we should just have a reminder of recent results, since it was not too long ago that Arsenal couldn’t go into a game without being told how many games we had lost… All games have been in the Premier League
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|Arsenal v Burnley
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|Wolverhampton v Arsenal
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|Arsenal v Brentford
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|Watford v Arsenal
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|Arsenal v Leicester City
And here is a thing. Although they won’t publish the last six games table, the BBC in their preview have finally admitted that “Only Liverpool have won more points than the Gunners in the last six matches.” In terms of comments that is almost a breakthrough.
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