By Bulldog Drummond
Of course doom and gloom is everywhere for Arsenal. Here is what Football.London said of this match at the start of the weekend…
“The pressure will be on Arsenal on Monday night. The Gunners will have watched Manchester United and Tottenham play before them this weekend and could find themselves out of the top four before they even kick a ball against Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.”
Err, yes guys, but really come on…
For Arsenal to be out of the top four after the weekend games, as they say, Tottenham will have to “win by two goals against Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.”
And yes that is possible of course, although I doubt it – but then Arsenal would have two games in hand to claw back the difference – with Tottenham even after two extra games only being above Arsenal on goals scored. Beside, Newcastle have only lost two of their last ten games in the league.
Anyway, we shall, of course, see in due course… but it is funny. Is there any other team that a drainpipe like Football.London would find a way that saying, being in fifth on goal difference with two games in hand “is putting pressure on”?
But let us move on from this nonsense…
We now come on to the tackles, fouls and yellow card comparisons. This time I’ve added where the two clubs are in the charts overall
|Arsenal||408 (19th)||262 (17th)||40 (16th)|
|Crystal Palace||509 (6th)||306 (12th)||50 (11th)|
|Top||Leeds 619||Leeds 363||Leeds 91|
|Bottom||Manchester City 380||Leicester 245||Manchester City 35|
So we can see that the tackling revolution that was implemented by Artetea and came to the fore after Christmas 2020 is now showing its rewards. Arsenal have moved from being the most yellow carded club of all in the Premier League by the end of the 2019/20 season, down to position 16th.
There is a big warning light in these figures however, and if you are a regular reader of Untold, and you have a decent memory the fact that Leicester are bottom of the fouls league this season will probably be sending you big warning lights. Because it was Leicester’s ability to foul with impunity that really started this whole investigation into the relationship between tackles, fouls and yellow cards.
And assuming Untold’s trip to Lincoln today doesn’t lead to any mishaps we’ll be pulling these figures apart in the near future.
But for now we can look with satisfaction at the way the PGMO has been dealt with. Cut the tackles and it is so much harder for the refs to wave the cards. Let’s look at the ratios…
|Club||Tackles per foul||Tackles per yellow||Fouls per yellow|
So Arsenal get penalised more often for their tackling, but the propensity for the referee to hand out the yellow each time a tackle is committed is pleasantly reduced for each club – both getting away with over 10 tackles before the yellow card is waved. Arsenal can also commit slightly more fouls (in the eyes of the referee) per yellow card than Palace.
Overall Palace are tackling more than Arsenal, have those tackles turned into yellow cards slightly more often (but by a very small margin) but get picked up slightly more often for nasty fouls by having them turned into yellows.
The clubs appear to be treated fairly equally in this case.
We’ll move on to injuries and other data next time….
- Arsenal v Tottenham update, team news and appalling, flagrant media bias
- Arsenal have benefitted by the world cup break: allegedly.
- Arsenal and Tottenham: which has had the easier ride so far this season?
- Arsenal v Tottenham: not exactly a battle of equals.
- Death by 300,000 passes: how the Arsenal transformation started 2 seasons ago.