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Football Talk: Is this Deja Vu for Arsenal again?

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The blog was down, and it miraculously came up again this morning. Champagne bottles are popping right now. Waiter, where are the samosas and spring rolls? So, I have thought through some ways in which the blog could be diversified, and football has made the final cut. Let’s hope you enjoy my unbiased write-ups on football.

Arsenal FC have come to that stage of the season, where the fans expect the team to capitulate. It starts with a draw, then there’s a surprise loss, form dips, players start becoming unsettled, we play a big club in the Champions League, are knocked out, then the subsequent games are won – totally meaningless. Those latter games toward the end of the season are mere dead-rubber games, where there is no pressure. So you know that our position for a CL spot has been mathematically secured. This has been common to Arsenal since 2006. The team switches off when the fans need them to play at their best, they succumb to pressure and totally blow away precious chances. Now let us see how they have fared these past eleven years.

SeasonPositionPoints
2005/20064th67
2006/20074th68
2007/20083rd83
2008/20094th72
2009/20103rd75
2010/20114th68
2011/20123rd70
2012/20134th73
2013/20144th79
2014/20153rd75
2015/20162nd

In those years. Arsenal have accrued decent league finishing points, but let’s compare their average league finish with the members of the top six by adding up all the points accrued from 2006 to 2016.

ArsenalManchester UnitedLiverpoolTottenhamManchester CityChelseaYear
6783826543912006
6889686042832007
8387764655852008
7290865150832009
7585637067862010
6880586271712011
7089526989642012
7389617278752013
7964846986822014
7570626478872015
7166607066502016
Total: 801892752698686857

That means the average finishing position for the top six clubs is:

  1. Manchester United  81.0
  2. Chelsea  77.9
  3. Arsenal  72.8
  4. Liverpool  68.3
  5. Tottenham  62.3
  6. Manchester City  62.3

Arsenal have not been able to surpass Man Utd and Chelsea in the past eleven years. The old big four still remains the same, eventhough, Liverpool ad Man Utd have faltered in recent seasons. Arsenal’s points total are not close enough to the figure usually attained by title winners. Chelsea has seemed closer to the 80-point pass mark, while Man Utd have been stable in maintaining high point accumulations over these past eleven years.

A lot of fans will not be happy with the imminent contract renewal rumoured by the UK press. Arsene Wenger does not seem to be the ideal candidate to take the club to a  new level. It is time for a breath of fresh air.

 

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