Arsenal beat Wolves 3-0 on Wednesday and moved further clear of Tottenham in 3rd place. The match was effectively over in the 12th minute when Walcott scored the second goal but Benayuon really finished it off with a goal in the 69th minute. I can’t analyze the game much as I couldn’t see it live but it seemed to be a relaxed performance against the bottom placed team in the league.
With yesterdays goal, Walcott has scored 11 and provided assists for 12 this season. I think that is probably the most Walcott has scored in any one season. Encouraging signs I would say. Man City and Man U have scored 79 and 78 goals this season respectively and we managed 66. It’s 5 games to go so we can add another 10 to that total and say a team needs to score atleast 80 goals in the league to push for the title. It may not be enough but lets say we need 80 goals to win the league next season. 27 of the 66 we have scored so far in the league have come from van Persie and that is a fantastic statistic, but I don’t think van Persie could be burdened to score so many the next season too. Let’s say he scores 25 next season. We need another 55 to come from the rest of the team. Where do they come from?
Let’s say 15 come from all the defenders scoring from set pieces and counter’s and with a fit Andre Santos all season, it can be managed. Arteta has scored 4 this season and Song 2 if I am not mistaken. Supposing the midfielders including Ramsey, Arteta, Song, Ox, and Rosisky score 20 among them. That make a total of 60. We need 20 from the wingers. Who’s to score them? Gervinho has played well in patches this season but he hasn’t really pitched in with goals. We need him to put balls in the net for us to compete for various trophies. If Walcott and Gervinho can score 20 amongst them, we would be a terrific attacking force. Goals scored by any new striker we sign (Like Podolski- and I think this is a done deal if Goal.com is to be believed) will be a big help and really help us end our miserable dry run when it comes to trophies.
Interesting statistic: Man U has scored 78 goals and have accumulated 79 points this season. Man City scored 79 and their total points come to 74. We have scored 66 goals and are at 64 points, Tottenham scored 57 and are at 59 points, Chelsea scored 57 and have 56 points, Fulham have scored 43 and have 43 points, and at the other end of the table, Wigan have scored 31 goals and are at 31 points. There seems to be a direct correlation between the number of goals scored and total points on the table. Doesn’t say much.. just thought it was interesting.
That’s enough of football for one post. In other news, Nadal is playing the Clay court season opener at Monte Carlo and seems to be physically fit at present. Good news is that Federer is not playing this tournament for reasons I don’t give a rat’s ass about, but the bad news is that Nadal will have to win this tournament to avoid dropping further points. He has already won Monte Carlo Masters 7 consecutive times and that in itself is a record. I am keeping my fingers crossed for this tournament as the results here may come to define the clay and grass court tournament that are coming up in the next 3 months.
Last but not the least: IPL. A match is probably going on as I type this but I haven’t bothered myself following these matches. I saw the Bangalore- Chennai tie yesterday and it was a great match but I don’t think I will be supporting any one team this IPL. That’s it for now.. obviously as you have come to the end of the post and don’t see a lot of lines below this. You are probably an idiot if you’ haven’t stopped reading this page and moved on to other things. Seriously.. get a life man… or women whoever you are. Just stop. Right NOW.