- Arsenal v Manchester United; a game that is not just like old times
- Arsenal v Man U: the home/away form and an equal recent record
- Arsenal’s new signing and preparing for the Manchester United game.
By Tony Attwood
Obviously we learned that Manchester United are really not quite as good as the media like to make out – not least because they have won under half their away games, and winning away is a key part of winning the league. Only two teams have won more than half their away games – Arsenal and Manchester City.
Only two teams are home invincibles this season: Arsenal and Newcastle.
And we learned that Sky don’t really care about atmosphere in the ground although they always say they do. When Liverpool fans sing “You’ll never walk” the media shut up and listen in respectful silence. When Arsenal fans sing “North London Forever” they media idiots talk all the way through it.
We also learned that the difference between Arsenal and Manchester United, despite all the media’s hype, is huge. Arsenal have scored 13 more goals than Manchester United, conceded nine fewer than Manchester United and have won 80% of their away games. Manchester United have won just 45% of their away games. That is quite a difference.
Manchester United are all of 11 points behind Arsenal – which just on half way through the season is quite a lot really – although not as many as Tottenham who are 17 points behind Arsenal.
So what has the league topping club been doing after 19 games in the past?
So not the best of all time, as I heard one bonkers commentator say it was, but still pretty good.
And what about Eddie? What did the media have to say about the idea of using Eddie as centre forward? Here are some comments on Eddie in recent times…
“Arsenal’s plans to replace Eddie Nketiah have been dealt a major blow.” Express
“‘Even Wolves wouldn’t sign him’ – Paul Merson says Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah can’t replace Gabriel Jesus.” Metro
“Eddie Nketiah: Arsenal striker not good enough” Team Talk
“Paul Merson is fearing for Premier League leaders Arsenal’s top-four credentials with Eddie Nketiah in line to come in” Football365
“Martin Keown urges Arsenal to replace ‘second-string’ Eddie Nketiah and Granit Xhaka” TalkSport
“Arsenal line up Nketiah replacement as Arteta prepares sale” London World
“Arteta reveals Arsenal’s January transfer window plans: ‘We can get a striker”” Metro
“Arteta insists he will receive the backing he needs to sign a new forward” Mirror
It would be nice if some of these publications at least now say that they were misled by their sources and will never use these sources again. But they don’t. Because there weren’t any sources. They just made it up as they always do.
But still, a few apologies would be nice. But don’t hold your breath..
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