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By Bulldog Drummond
And so as the negatives and implied negative pour in from all sides (Arsenal must buy big and go all-out for the title – this chance may not come again is just the latest, suggesting as that headline does that Arsenal’s five point lead is down to chance, or the bad form of others, but absolutely not due to clever transfer moves, a brilliant youth policy, and/or a genius manager who has been working at this since he first came to the club.
For while Untold has tracked such matters as the reduction of tackling, and hence the move away from being the most carded team to one of the least, the media focuses on Arsenal only being at the top because of the failure of others. But then the piece was written by Jamie Carragher so we should expect nothing else.
The big media focus is of course on Eddie, and at last a few of the media people are recognising that Arsenal have NOT lost their top goal scorer, although they are still finding it hard to grasp the difference between the Manchester City approach and Arsenal approach.
The table of the top 20 scorers in the league (and not in all competitions, just in the league) includes three Arsenal players, and two each from Manchester City, Newcastle, Liverpool, and Leicester.
Of course we all know that Haaland is top, and he is a remarkable player, liable to break all sorts of records – a very rare player indeed. But just consider this: having players in the top 20 scorers can be very helpful but is not a guarantee of success. Leicester have two such, and are 13th in the league.
What Arsenal have is three players in the top 20 goal scorers in the league this season (figures from the Premier League’s official site)
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