Arsenal much better in the mini-league than last season

Here are a couple of facts for you: the table is much tighter than you think and Arsenal have performed considerably better against top teams than the season previous.

One of the things we often hear is that “the team at the top of the table on X date (Christmas) usually wins the League. That was Liverpool this year, though Arsenal quickly took that position back on Boxing Day. You already know this but using a Cann table we can see visually how much tighter the table is this year over last.


The reason why Liverpool were top of the table at Christmas is because of a rather beneficial schedule. Now that they have played two more of the top 6 clubs they have fallen back down to where they probably belong. Using we can compare clubs head-to-head and generate this table for the top six clubs so far this season:


And here’s what the same table looked like last season:


With the table as tight as it is, these results against the other top 6 teams are going to matter more.


15 thoughts on “Arsenal much better in the mini-league than last season

  1. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1jop

    Worryingly though 4 away games against those teams yet to come. Plus home games to some decent mid-table sides (ManU, NewU, etc).

    Need to pick-up a couple wins from those without losing/drawing more than 4 of the remaining 18 fixtures.

  2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Nikki

    I see that right now, we perform on par with Man Utd last season, who knows, we maybe end up like them last season, which is win the League. And it would be funny if Liverpool will be the new Spurs and not only losing the CL spot on the last minute, they also losing Suarez in the summer. We probably take those opportunity by signing Benzema.

    On another note, do you agree about the notion that we’re using 4-4-2 on our last game when we brought Bendtner (Tim Stillman) or is it that our team doesn’t adapt to playing a different type of striker (Gunnerblog), so our 4-5-1 formation only getting lively when a target man come in?

  3. +2 Vote -1 Vote +11NiltotheArsenal

    We need to make hay while the (winter) sun shines. We need Gnabry in rotation and thank heavens for Tomáš Rosický! Everyone including me, is grateful for Bendtner’s “awakening” and Walcott’s insurance goal, but it was the Czech playmaker coming on in the 2nd half that that really sorted us out. Please. please resign him and let him retire a Gunner.

    3 of 4 away games…Beware the Ides of March in preparation for the run in…

    Tue 11th Mar 19.45 Bayern Munich A UEFA Champions League

    Sat 15th Mar 15.00 Tottenham Hotspur A Barclays Premier League

    Sat 22nd Mar 15.00 Chelsea A Barclays Premier League

    Sat 29th Mar 15.00 Manchester City H Barclays Premier League

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Anirudh

    Undoubtedly a much better scenario this season. One big test for the team though – 4 away games left against the bigger clubs, as does Man City though. Should be fascinating!

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1Tee Söng

    If you extend that table to include the top eight with ManUre and Chateau Neuf, it shows how costly our result against ManUre was. ManUre’s home record against the top eight reads 5 played, 3 losses, a draw, and a single win against us of course. ManShitty and Chel$ki are their remaining home games. On the other hand, the northern Frenchies have managed to beat Chel$ki and draw Liverpoo, so three points at St James is a definite plus. I feel that beating the two Manchesters at home as well as Chateau Neuf will go a long way towards defining the title race for us. With ManShitty looking like they’re starting to find some road form, our game against them especially has the feel of a title defining game.

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Beastista

    Thanks for posting this Tim. There was one more point that I would like to note based on your analysis, and that is Liverpool.

    It does seem like a flukey year (or maybe as Arsenal fans we just don’t wish to see Brenda succeed as much), but the fact that they are within 6 points of us despite having so many players injured and having played all the top teams away is quite phenomenal. I remember stats from last month or so that Liverpool players (this was specifically on Suarez and Coutinho) play much better home than away – this should explain why.

    Without the distraction of other competitions, it does seems like they have the ability to chase the other title contenders right down to the wire. Think City are going to find the 2nd half of the year just as tough away from home.

    If Arsenal do win the title this year, this would go down right next to the invincible as one of my favorite seasons of all times! Let’s enjoy this while we still can.

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