Posted on December 08, 2015 by ADMIN

Goal difference showing Arsenal have perfect balance?

The final goal of the game between Arsenal and Sunderland could be a significant one for a number of reasons. The most important one at the time was that it sealed the win and let the Arsenal fans and players relax after a stressful game in which the Black Cats could count themselves a bit unlucky. (Geddit?)

Another reason that goal may prove to be vital is the fact it was scored by Aaron Ramsey, back in his favoured central role where the Gunners will need him to rediscover his best form in the absence of Santi Cazorla. We have seen before that Ramsey can sometimes try too hard when he is in need of a goal so this one could really help his and the team’s performances in the coming weeks.

That third goal also meant that we are now level on goal difference with Man City for the first time this season, as well as being ahead on points of course. While you might think this is only important if you finish the season on the same points, I think it actually shows that a team has great balance between the attacking and defending sides of the game.

So even though Leicester and Man City have scored more EPL goals and Everton have the same 27 as the Gunners, they have also conceded more. At the same time, Man United and the spuds have conceded fewer and Stoke and Crystal Palace the same number as Arsenal but I would suggest that we are the most balanced team in the division.

Only time will tell if this means that we will finish on top of the table come May, but if we have the best goal difference, the chances are pretty good.

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  1. Sam, need a striker ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    OT:
    Leicester city next four games:
    Chelsea (H)
    Everton (A)
    Liverpool (A)
    ManCity (H)
    Hell of fixtures in just 2 weeks, they will loose an arm or a leg or both …

    1. davidnz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Leicesters slide begins.
      Arsenal has
      A Villa (A)
      City (H)
      Sotn (A)
      Bournmouth (H)
      Newcastle (H)
      Win that City game or even draw
      by the 3rd of Jan Arsenal should be
      in the lead with players coming back
      and with the chance to pick up
      a couple of loan players if need be.
      EPL title heading to the Emirates me thinks 🙂
      Then a soft 3rd round FA cup game v Sunderland.
      All we need now is to beat Olympiacos by 2 and its
      a happy new year all round 🙂 🙂

      1. Sam, need a striker ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        “with players coming back and with the chance to pick up a couple of loan players if need be.” Here you sound like Wenger to me …
        I don’t believe we are strong enough to win EPL even with our full squad free of injuries … We are close this year, two quality players in Jan and we are up there …

        1. Budd ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

          Why? You think Leicester is? Or City? Or Liverpool? Is an open race this year and I believe it is good for the fans even if the performances put in for the teams are really, really mediocre. I can count max 1-2 really killer games this season for us and we play the most beautiful football when we show in the office.
          As for Jan transfer I believe Wenger have no choice but to reinforce the midfield but I don’t want to say anything about it otherwise I will jinx it and he will not do anything.

        2. Godswill ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

          And other teams are not also strong enough. If Stoke beat Arsenal 2-0 what would you say? Since it was City, it was just a blip. Arsenal are not strong enough, so are other teams. We’ll push on and see where it will take us there. We can be at the top by May.

    2. muda ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      @sam, I won’t mind them winning against Chels!t and City, lose to everton and draw against liverpool, I sound like there fan right? I just wanna see moaninho down, and I rather see leceister than city, can’t love liverpool but leceister should not be too strong.

    3. SoOpa AeoN ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      or perhaps moanino’s men, pellegrini’s ,klopp’s etc would lose other body parts as i would be interesting

      Logically, it would not be too good a news for citeh not to lose body parts somehow …..remember it’s only just the 1st half of the season …The foxes should savour a taste of what it feels to be Top of the league (as deserved)…. They’d lose their body parts when the time eventually comes…. *winks*

  2. SoOpa AeoN ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    i really wanna know why Jamie carragher can’t go a day without mentioning “Arsenal” …… The mug is in Love!

    1. muda ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      The rule is: don’t talk about Arsenal or else you fall in love with her. So Jamie broke the rule that’s the result. Lolz

      I can see Ramsey picking up form from now on, which will make us forget Santi is injured, and then when santi is back we can only be stronger.
      Come on welcott, Alexis is absent take his responsibilities. Though I guess Giroud too perform better when theo is available. #COYG

  3. Koss the Boss ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Have to admit i liked this Article as does point out some good things we are doing that i had forgot about like Goal Difference because it is very important, if we stay top of GD then we should be there or abouts come the end of the season. Still think City game will tell us where we are if we beat them then with injuries coming back il maybe start to believe we can win the league… not a better chance is Wenger going to have to make good on his promise when he signed a new deal to win the league in 2years, maybe the old fool will get to leave on a high like ul whiskeynose fergie!!

    We need to beat Olympiacos tomorrow and score 3goals is the target… with walcott on the bench coming on for most of 2nd half i could see him giving them real frights, hes a defenders worst nightmare tbh! Ozil/Rambo can carry this team through from flamino back needs to be onit from the start!!

    Beat Olympiacos, Villa and City (even a draw) then we can relax knowing we are in the last 16 and sitting nicely around the top, maybe even 1st place for Xmas

  4. SoOpa AeoN ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    or perhaps moanino’s men, pellegrini’s ,klopp’s etc would lose other body parts as i would be interesting

    Logically, it would not be too good a news for citeh not to lose body parts somehow …..remember it’s only just the 1st half of the season …The foxes should savour a taste of what it feels to be Top of the league (as deserved)…. They’d lose their body parts when the time eventually comes…. *winks*

  5. Godswill ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Yes, good GD. Let’s keep pushing. We call OG lamp post but when I looked up scorers chat he’s No. 5 and above Costa though 8 bellow Vardy. But this season there’s too much OG goals. I know real OG has scored 8, we have the other OG (for) that was helping us at the beginning and the the one OG (against) that is in our team scoring for opponents. I’ve lost counts. Can someone tell me how many OG (for) and OG (against) so far?

  6. SoOpa AeoN ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Lately, cazorla’s been playing off the radar………and i honestly do think if he had been rotated a bit with ramsey (whose preferred role is in the middle) ,i don’t mean to say Ramsey doesn’t have his weaknesses, but we could have witnessed alot of alterations in the way we play like more goal ratio, attacking nous etc and probably, cazorla woudn’t be injured right now…

    1. Fatboy Gooney ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Cazorla is out for the rest of the season because Wenger didn’t take him off straight away!
      He has already had an operation on his knee and if his lucky he might be back in time to feature for Spain in the Euro’s.

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