Arsenal v Manchester City: the form
- Arsenal v Manchester City: takles, fouls and cards
- Arsenal v Manchester City: the bias of the referee
- Arsenal v Man City: the surprising home & away form vs other top clubs
By Bulldog Drummond
Mikel Arteta has spoken out on the two points that were stolen from Arsenal by PGMO saying (as quoted in the Guardian) “We ended the game with huge anger and disappointment because that wasn’t a human error. That was a big ‘not conceiving and understanding your job’ and it’s not acceptable. That costs Arsenal two points that aren’t going to be restored. We’re going to have to find those two points somewhere in the league.
“At the same time we appreciate the apology and the explanations, and we got a lot of sympathy from colleagues in the industry. We have to move on. This has certainly made the players, staff and our fans stronger, and given them more desire to pass this hurdle they’ve put on us.”
And although nothing can compensate for the two points stolen by PGMO from Arsenal it is good to use this latest PGMO incident as a way of motivating the team even further. Now the players know for sure, if they did not know before, every game is not against 11 players, it is against 11 players and what ever PGMO wants to throw their way.
The media are presenting it of course as a total Arsenal crisis, but the reality is that across the last ten Premier League games Arsenal are still the best-performing team, whatever the media makes up. Manchester City are sixth in terms of the last ten games. The team that is challenging us at the moment is not Manchester City but Manchester United, whose record across those last ten games is only less than Arsenal’s on goal difference.
|4||Brighton & Hove||10||6||2||2||24||14||10||20|
And maybe to emphasise the point that this UAE team is not invincible we ought to take in a video or two, for example
Not forgetting the FA Cup semi-final.
And here is one more …
There are details of our whole collection of 500+ historic videos on the Arsenal History Society website.
Meanwhile we do have the usual collection of factoids such as the point that “Manchester City have won their past six away matches against Arsenal in all competitions, as many as they had in their previous 61 visits to the Emirates and Highbury combined. No team has ever won seven consecutive away fixtures against the Gunners.”
And there are a couple more of these from the same source for good measure… Arsenal “have lost their past eight Premier League games against reigning champions, conceding at least two goals on each occasion.” And, “The last time the Gunners beat the current top-flight champions was in a 1-0 victory over Leicester in April 2017.”
But less this all gets too gloomy, here’s something to cheer us all up. Manchester City’s away record… The table below relates to away games only.
The media are constantly talking up Manchester City as being brilliant all the time home and away, but in fact the last two seasons in which across 38 away games they lost just three, were not how it has been year by year. This season they are only the sixth strongest club in the league in terms of away games.
The quality of their away form in 2020/21 and 2021/22 is now impossible to reach as they have already lost more away games than in the last two seasons, and their points per game (PPG) this season is even lower than in 2019/20.
|2||Manchester City 2019/20||19||11||1||7||45||22||23||34||1.79|
|1||Manchester City 2020/21||19||14||3||2||40||15||25||45||2.37|
|1||Manchester City 2021/22||19||14||4||1||41||11||30||46||2.42|
|6||Manchester City 2022/23||10||5||2||3||15||9||6||17||1.70|
Arsenal have slipped up in the last three games, that is true, but that doesn’t mean tonight’s result is already settled. Next up – the team.
- The great injury conundrum: how can Arsenal cope, and how are other clubs suffering?
- Arsenal Women – the Season Preview – part 1 Introduction and Hopes For The Season
- Why the media’s new statistical analyses of football is just a trick to stop you noticing what’s going on
- Yesterday’s game: how Arsenal won, and where the journalists got things wrong
- Brentford v Arsenal: past exploits and the Arsenal team news