Arsenal In Last Place: Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 5

Last week Arsenal was cautiously looking over its shoulder at the teams below them, a worry that has now been lifted from its shoulders – because there’s no one below them to look at.

That’s right, the once mighty Gunners now find themselves propping up the APL as four of last week’s bottom five picked up impressive wins.

Blackburn seems like a good place to start with this week’s rundown as Steve Kean lifted some of the pressure off of himself and his team with a hard fought win over Arsenal. The win took them off the bottom position that they’d called home for the past three weeks. Marouane Chamakh’s late goal cost Rovers their two goal winning margin and an extra 0.52 points but a win is a win, and for Arsenal another defeat to add to their collection.

For the last few weeks it’s been a toss-up as to which Manchester team would get the highest score of the weekend. This week that honour goes to Sunderland and QPR.

Sunderland’s season prior to last weekend had involved four winless games and striker Asamoah Gyan swanning off to the United Arab Emirates to join a club which probably isn’t as ‘important’ as he thinks it is. But the Black Cats seem to have moved on from his departure by taking apart, before now, a defensively sound Stoke side. The four goal winning margin is a welcome cheer for the Mackem fans who had only seen three goals to cheer before hand. Their points haul of 8.36 points has moved them up five places.

Sunderland’s achievement was topped only by QPR who currently find themselves in the heady position of fifth. Wolves’ decline, which has seen them pick up a mere 2.13 points in the last two weeks, was made a whole lot worse by a rampant Rangers side who were 0-2 up in 10 minutes. The eventual 0-3 scoreline meant that the Hoops scooped up an away win bonanza of 8.82 points – the second highest score of the season so far.

To the top of the league now and the much anticipated clash between Manchester United and Chelsea. The high standard of the two opponents meant that whoever came out on top would be rewarded handsomely, and it was United who extended their gap at the top of the league with a score of 6.98 points.

To wrap up this week’s APL we will take a look at Harry Redknapp’s resurgent Spurs side. Emmanuel Adebayor could prove to be a shrewd piece of business and his scoring form has helped Spurs clock up 16.65 from the last two weeks. Liverpool on the other hand have now lost two in a row and have dropped to 8th. Liverpool will be hoping to stop their rot against Wolves at Anfield next weekend while Spurs will look to continue their surge upwards at Wigan.

  • Top Score: QPR: 8.82
  • Lowest Score: Stoke 0.71
  • Top draw score: Fulham: 4.22
  Team P W D L GD Points Prem Pos
1 Manchester United 5 5 0 0 17 37.17 1
2 Manchester City 5 4 1 0 12 32.08 2
3 Newcastle United 5 2 3 0 2 23.75 4
4 Chelsea 5 3 1 1 -2 23.63 3
5 Queens Park Rangers 5 2 1 2 -2 21.60 9
6 Stoke City 5 2 2 1 -2 21.02 5
7 Aston Villa 5 1 4 0 2 20.68 6
8 Liverpool 5 2 1 2 -1 20.26 8
9 Tottenham Hotspur 4 2 0 2 -1 19.80 11
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 2 1 2 -2 19.05 10
11 Sunderland 5 1 2 2 2 19.00 12
12 Everton 4 2 1 1 2 18.40 7
13 Norwich City 5 1 2 2 -2 17.40 13
14 Swansea City 5 1 2 2 -2 17.09 14
15 Wigan Athletic 5 1 2 2 -3 15.85 15
16 Fulham 5 0 3 2 -3 14.70 18
17 West Bromwich Albion 5 1 0 4 -5 14.05 20
18 Bolton Wanderers 5 1 0 4 -5 13.96 19
19 Blackburn Rovers 5 1 1 3 -3 13.57 16
20 Arsenal 5 1 1 3 -8 13.06 17

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9 thoughts on “Arsenal In Last Place: Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 5”

  1. Typical Manchester United Fan 1:”Who is Matt Busby?”
    Typical Manchester United Fan 2:”I don’t know, maybe he’s the groundskeeper”

    “Who do you go for in the English Premier League?”
    “Manchester United!”
    “Name another team that plays in the Premier League?”
    “Uhhhh- uuuuuhhhhhh”

      1. I made it up. The irony of that conversation is that both the fans were clueless about Matt Busy, or Sir MB if you want to call him that. Otherwise, if they were true United supporters, which there aren’t that many in the world to begin with, then they would call him SIR Matt Busby.

  2. A team followed by bandwagoners and (formerly) teenyboppers who went for them because “David Beckham is sooo hot!” A money-making, merchandise spinning, whore enterprise that plays a bit of soccer on the side.

    Everything that is wrong with modern football – with their Johnny Come Lately fans (from Croydon and Essex, mostly), merchandising empire that makes them more money than on-pitch endeavours, and the greatest bunch of cynical cheating scum you could ever cast your eyes on.

  3. @Typical United fan; HAHAHA. that was so funny, esp. the part about Matt Busby. That’s typical United fan for ya. dont know anything about the club’s history or its players. More than half the people who wear the United kit prob don’t even know the history of the crest that’s embellished on it.
    Anyways, to come to the point, dont believe in all the media hype mate. This is a British media witchhunt to get Wenger to leave Arsenal. That’s what they did with Rafa Benitez a couple of seasons ago. And when Roy Hodgson came and the team’s performance on the pitch hadn’t improved, they said Roy needed time. When Liverpool were underperforming under Benitez’s reign, the media said he’s clueless and lost the plot and all that stuff. When British managers are struggling, they need more time because they’re good lads and just need some time to get the team to play their way, But if it’s a foreinger, then he’s not good enough for the English game. hypocrisy. Wenger is absolutely fine, it’s the team who are underforming. bolton are playing like shit now, but no one is saying owen coyle should go. Mick Mccarthy’s Wolverhampton were struggling last year, but no called for him to resign. But when West Ham were struggling, everyone in the media was debating whether Avram Grant should stay or go. Basically, my point is, the media makes life doubly difficult for foreign managers when the teams they’re managng go on a bad run of form. That’s what Wenger is getting right now. don’t read to much into what the papers say and what SKY SPORTS is saying. Rupert Murdoch owns SKY and FOX and half the newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic. I wouldn’t waste my time with any of that crap.

  4. So many Man Utd Haters. What a bunch of crybabies!!! Do you think there are no bandwagon jumpers who support Arsenal or Chelsea? Well a bunch jumped off the Arsenal bandwagon over the last few years and I see the Chelsea wagon getting a little light too!!

    It’s hard to be on a bandwagon that never wins. It’s obvious there are many United fans who “support” the team because they’re consistently winning or near the top. Just like other sports where Top teams have lots of fans (Pittsburgh Penguins, Yankees, Patriots, Lakers/Celtics…)

    Get over it you whiners, there will always be “fans” who like champions, but why should that bother you? Get a life support your team through thick and thin and if/when you win you’ll be happy….but everyone else will be calling you a bandwagoner (even though you aren’t), you’ll get lumped in with them.

    Get a life and just enjoy your footy. Don’t be a H8R!!

    1. there are bandwagon fans who support Chelsea and Man City as well because they’ve come into a lot $$ and buying world-class talent. Arsenal haven’t won a trophy in what will be 7 years. That’s amazing for a club of Arsenal’s stature. But still, if you support them now, you’re not a gloryhunter because you know that the team is going down a rocky slippery road and other teams with better financial health are going to go on top. United, Chelsea, and City have the biggest bandwagon fans in the world, in that order.

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