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
By Sir Hardly Anyone
With the Daily Mirror, all one can do is laugh at their crass idiocy and then refuse to accept your fish and chips if they are wrapped up in it.
Just consider the idiotic headline, “Don’t be fooled by Arsenal – they’ve done nothing to suggest they’re title contenders” Worse, it is not something they invented, but rather a report of what Stan Collymore has apparently said. And what makes that worth reporting? Your guess is as good as mine.
This is not to say that I think Arsenal will win the league, but I think that they will be contenders – at least for a while. But not a single pundit or newspaper that I could find prior to the season starting put Arsenal even in the top four. That really is the story.
Anyway, if the series of injuries that we have had of late continues, that could scupper any contention, but then so could the way referees are picked. As we have shown, some referees strongly favour home teams, some strongly favour away teams. If we regularly get home refs for away games and vice versa, we are done for. On the other hand if Manchester City started to get the wrong refs, well that could change everything. Although the explosion from the City benches would undoubtedly force a PGMO rethink, it would be wonderful to watch.
Of course injuries are the thing that can also affect all teams, and speaking of that HITC have the headline that Martin Odegaard trained yesterday, and so could play today. That would be a boost.
Goonertalk in fact go further than that telling us of a triple injury boost “with Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko all part of the travelling squad to face Manchester United.”
Football.London seem to have taken a leaf out of our book by quoting other people’s predictions rather than making their own. (We stopped doing it ourselves largely because we so often got it wrong, and so wanted to see how accurate everyone else was but it turned out they were as bad as us.)
Anyway, FoLo quote Paul Merson on Sportskeeda as saying “I’d be quite shocked if Arsenal won this game. They might have to play without their two best footballers – Odegaard and Zinchenko. If Odegaard is injured, I’d go with Emile Smith Rowe – for Fabio Vieira to start this Premier League game is a big ask. Arsenal can’t afford to lose, and they don’t need to win this game right now – a draw should suffice.”
(“Arsenal can’t afford to lose” is amusing. If Arsenal lose they will be… oh, hang on, let’s calculate it, wait a minute, ah, got it, they’ll be top of the league.)
Chris Sutton at the BBC is quoted as proclaiming that, “It will be close. I like what Erik ten Hag has done in such a short space of time at Manchester United but I am going to jump on the Arsenal bandwagon.” The prediction is Man U 2 Arsenal 3.
Certainly, one thing that is certain is that whatever happens, Arsenal will still be top of the league. A defeat takes Man U to fourth. Brighton are at home to Leicester just before Arsenal play, and as you may have noticed Leicester seem now to have run out of the tricks that in the past have gained them ceaseless free kicks and penalties. Which is why they have slid down the league.
|4||Brighton and Hove Albion||5||3||1||1||6||3||3||10|
The Manchester Evening News give us an Arsenal lineup of
Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Saliba, Tierney;
Sambi Lakonga, Xhaka, Odegaard;
Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
But Sports Mole go a different way…
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney;
Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli;
Football.London offer the same as the Manchester Evening News, but then since both firms are owned by Reach plc, that presumably isn’t too much of a surprise.
Chis Sutton on the BBC website at least is amusing, saying, “I’ve said 2-1 to the Gunners but my daughter said 3-2 and she wears the trousers, so 3-2 it is.” But the Corporation do remind us that “Arsenal’s only win in their last 15 Premier League games at Old Trafford was a 1-0 victory in November 2020.” On the other hand “They have lost their last three Premier League fixtures on a Sunday.”
And here is something that really grabbed the attention of everyone at Untold.
“The Red Devils have received 17 yellow cards in the Premier League this season, more than any other side. Their average of 3.4 bookings per game is the highest in a single campaign in the competition’s history.”
Now data like that was never reported until we started doing our tackles, fouls and yellow cards analyses. (Although our previous supplier of the invaluable “fouls against” data is still not offering anything that data this season. Why is that?)
Anyway, we are ending our series of previews today with the last time we won the opening six games of the season.
|23 Aug 1947||Arsenal v Sunderland||W||3-1||League Division One|
|27 Aug 1947||Charlton Athletic v Arsenal||W||2-4||League Division One|
|30 Aug 1947||Sheffield United v Arsenal||W||1-2||League Division One|
|03 Sep 1947||Arsenal v Charlton Athletic||W||6-0||League Division One|
|06 Sep 1947||Arsenal v Manchester United||W||2-1||League Division One|
|10 Sep 1947||Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers||W||2-0||League Division One|
After that game the table read
|2||Preston North End||6||5||0||1||9||6||10|
Only three of those top seven clubs are now in the Premier League.
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- Arsenal and the return of the injury list
- 2022/23 PL Season – Matchweek 4 & 5 – Refereeing matters
- Man U v Arsenal: Referee and VAR ref, both from Manchester
- Arsenal v Lens: the team, the home/away form and the strange coincidences
- Arsenal v Lens: they had a poor start but are now flying
- Where there is power, money and greed there is corruption
- Why do Tottenham players get fouled more than those of any other club?
- The media, the League and PGMO. An insidious agreement rears its ugly head