By Bulldog Drummond
As we await kickoff, here’s a little extra reading on the match…
Last season Arsenal had several bad runs in the league.
Everyone knows about the opening three league games, because for months the media focussed on little else when Arsenal were mentioned. Then we had three defeats in four games in November / December.
The January poor run was primarily FA Cup and League Cup, but the four defeats in five games was totally a league affair in March / April, and the two consecutive defeats in May stopped us getting into the Champions League.
But what we haven’t fully considered is whether other clubs also find themselves in this sort of situation – getting several runs of bad results.
In the early part of last season Leicester went through a spell where they had just two wins in nine – away to Norwich in the League and Millwall in the League Cup.
Then again from the last match in October through to December, it was just two wins in nine in all competitions. Indeed if we just look at their league matches they had two runs of five games without a win.
Arsenal at their worst had two runs of three consecutive league games in which all were lost. And it is obvious that any club with ambitions for top places needs to be able to stop this happening – to take a defeat when it comes and then immediately respond with a win. In short, not to let a defeat become a series of defeats.
So that must be the aim, which takes us on to how we have done against Leicester in the past. And this has a curious twist.
Arsenal started playing Leicester in the league in 1895 when Leicester had just been relegated to Division II. Arsenal won only two games out of the first dozen between the teams. But then at the turn of the century things started to pick up a bit.
After the first four games in the 20th century, with two with the home side winning each time, Woolwich Arsenal got their act together. Across the next 14 games, Leicester didn’t win a single match.
There was then a series of eight games in which six were draws, the last of which was 6-6, which I think was the Arsenal game with the most goals. And then the fun started. Between 20 September 1930 and 15 March 1960 Arsenal and Leicester played each other 23 times – all in the league save one in the FA Cup. Arsenal won 15, Leicester won once. Among Arsenal’s victories was a 2-7 away win in 1931, an 8-2 home win in 1932, and an 8-0 home win in 1934.
Moving to more recent times the last half dozen have seen four wins to us.
|7 Jul 2020||Arsenal v Leicester City||D||1-1||Premier League|
|23 Sep 2020||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||0-2||League Cup|
|25 Oct 2020||Arsenal v Leicester City||L||0-1||Premier League|
|28 Feb 2021||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League|
|30 Oct 2021||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
|13 Mar 2022||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||2-0||Premier League|
And so we move on to the managers. Each joined their respective clubs in 2019, although Rodgers joined early that years.
|Brenden Rodgers||26 February 2019||169||81||37||51||47.92||FA Cup 2021|
|Mikel Arteta||22 December 2019||131||71||22||38||54.20||FA Cup 2020|
In managerial terms I am sure we got the best deal.
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