- Arsenal’s opposition in 2022/3: Tottenham Hotspur
- Arsenal’s opposition in the coming season: Leicester City
By Sir Hardly Anyone
In this series we are looking at a few of Arsenal’s rivals, to see how the media predicted their progress last season and how they are seeing it for 2022/3.
We have mentioned GiveMeSport already and they have predicted at table that ends
In comparison with last year, Manchester City go down one point, Liverpool stay the same, Chelsea go down two points, Tottenham go down four points, Arsenal rise by three points, while Manchester United are big improvers going up a whacking great 18 points. Although Newcastle beat even this going up by 26 points.
Now as we pointed out before, Arsenal came bottom of the top six mini-league last season, so can hardly do much worse there, and therefore the question is, are Arsenal likely to improve in results against the middle-ranking teams?
Chelsea’s last 10 Premier League games at the end of last season resulted in four wins, three defeats and three draws – giving a total of 15 points. At this rate their final tally for the coming season would be 57 points, rather than the whacking great 72 they are predicted here. So clearly the predictors are taking the last 10 games for Chelsea to be an aberration.
Certainly, such an improvement ignores such results as a 1-4 home defeat to Brentford, and a 2-4 home defeat to Arsenal. Not to mention a 1-0 away loss to Everton.
Indeed of their last seven league games, Chelsea won three, drew three and lost one. Arsenal won five, and lost two. And during this transfer window a certain paralysis seems to be gripping Chelsea following the ignominious despatch of their former owner with the addition of an under 18 goalkeeper on a free.
Yet there is a feeling not just that they will not just hold their own but that they will do better. Part of the talking up and down process takes its lead from Thomas Tuchel head coach of Chelsea who suggested that five teams will compete for the title – including in the five Manchester United while excluding Arsenal.
And this is something of a regular theme – the Big Boys of days gone by will be competing, perhaps with Newcastle joining in and Arsenal slipping away. Why is this?
Perhaps one of the problems is that analysts, if they do look at figures, look at them and expect the world to continue as it was.
But a look back to Arsenal’s position on 25 December 2020 shows this is untrue. On that day Everton were fourth, Manchester City eighth, Arsenal 15th. By the end of the season Manchester City were top, Everton were 10th, and Arsenal 8th.
Indeed I think it is worth looking at this table from Christmas Day 2020 and considering how far each team has grown on declined since then.
The table below shows in “Change from 2020” how many places each team went up or down from Christmas Day 2020 to the end of the 2020/21 season.
The “Change from 2021” table shows how many places each team went up from the end of 2020/21 to the end of 2021/22.
Finally “Change Overall” shows the change from Christmas Day 2020 to the end of last season.
|25 Dec 2020||Team||End 20/21||change from 2020||end 21/22||change from 2021||change overall|
|10||West Ham United||6||+4||7||-1||+3|
Just looking at the final column we can see that from Christmas Day 2020 to the end of last season (which was in fact one and two thirds seasons) the biggest winners in terms of position improvement were
- Arsenal +10 places
- Manchester City +7 places
- West Ham United +3 places
- Chelsea +2 places
- Tottenham Hotspur +2 places
- Newcastle United +1 place
- Wolverhampton Wanderers +1 place
- Liverpool -2 places
- Crystal Palace -3 places
- Leeds United -3 places
- Manchester United -3 places
- Aston Villa -5 places
- Leicester City – 6 places
- Southampton -9 places
- Everton -12 places
Of course, a club at the top has nowhere to go but stay there, so a change of 0 for such a club would be a sign of great success. Also, it is true Arsenal had a long way to climb back from 15th on Christmas Day 2020.
But nevertheless, the climb had to be done, and so this table does give a good indication of which way clubs have been travelling in the one and two thirds seasons.
You won’t, of course, find this anywhere else, because it shows Arsenal in a good light, and it is quite clear that those publications doing predictions using their fantasy “super-computers” are not only making up the computer but also making up their results, without any notion of how things have been going.
Having jumped ten places in the last season and two-thirds, will Arsenal now suddenly drop down again? That’s what the pundits are saying. You won’t be surprised to find I don’t agree.
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