So the PFA shortlist is out and yet none of our players are on that list. Shocked and horrified??
Of course not, nor am I but equally, I am surprised at by those who are, that being Michael Carrick, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Robin Van Persie, Eden Hazard & Juan Mata.
Funny that eh!
What about the players down the other end of the league table, I’m sure clubs like Southampton, Swansea and West Brom to mention just a few, all believe that one or two of their players have been outstanding for their clubs. Some of who may just have played a huge part in saving their club from relegation but yet again, mid-table/lower table club players have been ignored.
I think that is wrong on so many accounts.
Wenger V’s Martin Jol….
Here are the statistics courtesy of BBC
- Fulham are unbeaten against Arsenal in their past four meetings. Arsenal’s last win was 2-1 at home in December 2010.
- The Gunners last triumphed at Craven Cottage in September 2009, Robin van Persie scoring the only goal.
- Arsenal have won 15 of the 23 Premier League meetings between the two clubs. Fulham have only won three of them.
- Fulham have only taken one point from their last three matches, having been unbeaten in the previous five.
- The Cottagers have picked up 11 points from London derbies this season. They have only fared better in 2002-2003 (13 points).
- They have benefited from five own goals this season, a league-high with Manchester United.
- Dimitar Berbatov has scored five goals in the club’s last seven matches. Ten of his 13 goals this season have been scored in the first half.
- Arsene Wenger’s side have won seven of their last nine league games (W7, D1, L1).
- The Gunners have scored 18 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, by far the most in the top-flight.
- Ten of Olivier Giroud’s 11 Premier League goals this season have come at the Emirates.
- Mikel Arteta has scored five successive penalties in the Premier League since missing a last minute spot-kick against Fulham in November.
Fulham should be safe in tenth place but with only 40 points, they won’t want to drop any more, especially at home and even more so after their midweek defeat in front of their own fans. They will be up for this game.
As must we be, we need all the points from today and the only way to get them is turn up in the right frame of mind, fight hard from start to finish and when/if the opportunity arises, take our chances.
Any thing less than 100% and a chance of a 3rd place finish will be fading fast and 4th could even still be a struggle.
It’s up to Wenger and the players to make sure we come away from Fulham victorious….
Have a good day all…..