I am going on from Kelsey’s post – It’s Now or Never, and forgive me for the repeating of the goals for and against
I have been thinking a lot about our season just gone. The boss has said we have scored as many as the clubs around us, but the defence, and the fact that we have conceded more goals is our real problem.
It has been clear for us all to see that we have let in the odd goal or ten after woeful defending, but equally we have missed so very many ‘simple’ chances to score.
We scored 68 goals
Manure scored 68 goals
Dippers 77 goals
The Russians 68 goals
So yes Arsene you are right, we did in fact score as many as the other teams in the top four, apart from the Stevie Me Me Me clan!
We conceded 37
Again Arsene, you are right, we did concede more than those around us, but I say let’s look a bit further into this, and compare Arsenal against Arsenal, and not against the other sides, as they don’t really interest me any more than they interest you! I have looked at the seasons we won the Premier League under Arsene Wenger.
1997/98 – pre Henry
Scored 68 goals
Conceded 33 goals
Scored 79 goals
Conceded 36 goals
Scored 73 goals
Conceded 26 goals
1997/1998 season we scored the same amount of goals as last season and conceded only four fewer.
2001/2002 season we scored 12 more goals that the season we have just finished, but we conceded pretty much the same.
2003/2004 season we scored only five more that last season, but we did concede eleven less.
Henry scored 30 goals
Freddie – 4
Reyes – 2
Gilberto – 4
Dennis – 4
Kanu – 1
And Sir Bobby scored 14 goals which has blow my figures all over the place. See stats are just no good sometimes 🙂
I know I have picked the one season we all loved, The Invincible season, but this is for a valid reason.
I think it shows we lack a quality centre forward, and a 15-20 goal contribution from midfield – Freddie and Bobby spring to mind.
We don’t have a player who can score the quantity of goals that Henry. If we could get that kind quality striker it won’t matter if we concede a few more goals than other clubs because then we will score more than them. We also know that if we are attacking and scoring, the opposition won’t be, so the goals conceded will naturally decrease.
Last season all the other teams around found it hard to score, and if you look back over the years Manure float around 75-80 GPS – and that is how many we should be scoring too.
I still don’t have faith in any of our forwards – l I hope is that Arshavin plays in his proper position to bolster the front line, and just maybe Ade will go and the boss gets someone who can get us 25-30 goals a season. For me the most threatening strikers are Arshavin and Eduardo, but they are both 2’6” tall so if Ade goes we need another 6’ plus striker. I know most of you have a lot of faith in Nik, well time will tell – but I personally don’t think he offers much more than Ade does and if the latter could stay onside, and stay in the middle every now and again, you just never know how many goals he could get this coming season.
The defence – we have added a quality player in that department and hopefully things will be more organized, but if anyone goes like Kolo, Silvestre or Senderos, then we should be buying one more player in that area.
So Thierry Henry, it seems that we don’t score so many goals anymore – and it’s only ‘Since you’ve been gone’