by Bulldog Drummond
Football London suggest that Zinchenko will be back in the squad although may not start. They also note that it may now be time for Tomiyasu to start a game rather than coming on as a substitute. Their other thought is that Despite producing arguably his best performance of the season against Fulham, Saka might be due for a rest even though he is playing so well.
Beyond that FoLo are one of a number of commentators who think that Emile Smith Rowe could start, perhaps with Gabriel Martinelli moving across to the right-hand side.
The BBC tell us that if Arsenal win, “it will be their 50th top-flight victory against Villa, who have won only 24 of 90 games between the two clubs. But curiously it seems that Villa have won at the current Arsenal Stadium four times – a number beaten only by Chelsea and Manchester City.
And they, like Untold, have wondered about four match-winning sequences in the league – and that includes Division One as well as the Premier League. On three of the four occasions, Arsenal have done that, they have then won the league. Only 11 clubs have actually started a Premier League season with five wins in a row. Although it should be noted that since Arsene Wenger left it is Unai Emery who has the best winning sequence that being of seven matches. More on that in a moment – but first the teams…
90 Min give us a predicted team of
Takehiro Tomiyasu, William Saliba, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney
Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka
Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe
Sports Mole however think it will be
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney;
Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli;
The Mighty Tips website may not be living up to its name as they have included Elneny in their lineup
Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney
Mohammed Elneny, Martin Odegaard, Granit Xhaka
Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney;
Odegaard, Lokonga, Xhaka;
Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
… and that seems to cover more or less all the options.
After four league matches last season Arsenal had scored one goal and achieved one win. In the fifth game we won 1-0 away to Burnley.
However, perhaps we might, as suggested above, look back to the winning streak of 2018/19 where the club went on an 11-match winning run of nine Premier League victories, three Europa League games and a League Cup match.
|25 Aug 2018||Arsenal v West Ham United||W||3-1||Premier League|
|02 Sep 2018||Cardiff City v Arsenal||W||2-3||Premier League|
|15 Sep 2018||Newcastle United v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|20 Sep 2018||Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava||W||4-2||Europa League|
|23 Sep 2018||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-0||Premier League|
|26 Sep 2018||Arsenal v Brentford||W||3-1||League Cup|
|29 Sep 2018||Arsenal v Watford||W||2-0||Premier League|
|04 Oct 2018||FK Qarabağ Agdam v Arsenal||W||0-3||Europa League|
|07 Oct 2018||Fulham v Arsenal||W||1-5||Premier League|
|22 Oct 2018||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||3-1||Premier League|
|25 Oct 2018||Sporting Clube Portugal v Arsenal||W||0-1||UEFA Europa League|
The manager was Unai Emery. One year and one month after that victory over Sporting, he was sacked.
It’s a funny ol game.
Day by Day the videos – An Arsenal video for (almost) every day of the year in order.
Day by Day the stories– a key moment in Arsenal and footballing history for each day of the year (this series is still under construction – stories are listed from 1 December onward).
100 Years: the complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919 which launched 100+ consecutive years in the top division.
- Arsenal v Tottenham; the team and some rather jolly recent history
- We are running out of referees, and the reason is the PGMO.
- Arsenal v Tottenham: the key fact the media won’t to tell you – and why they won’t
- Arsenal v Tottenham: different clubs, different managers, different successes
- Arsenal v Tottenham with clubs now getting more cards than they put in tackles!