Arsene Wenger cobbled together starting lineups with spit and duct tape and Denilson and somehow the team dragged its ass over the finish line in third or fourth.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tottenham Signs Euro 2008 Stars, Arsenal Signs Cheque At Le Gavroche
38 games x 3 available points = 114 points
Last year, 87 points won the Premiership. 114 - 87 = 27 points to spare.
Arsenal has 6 games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd. Realistically (perhaps optimistically), Arsenal splits these matches and drops another 9 points. We've dropped 3 already to (shoots self in head) Fulham, so thats 12 points total. That leaves 34 games, and 15 more points to spare.
The big four averaged 10 draws last year - 13 Liverpool, 11 Arsenal, 10 Chelsea, 6 Man Utd.
The big four averaged 3.75 losses last year - 4 Liverpool, 3 Arsenal, 3 Chelsea, 5 Man Utd.
(Rubs eyes) Wait a second? We lost three times last year and finished third. FU$%!
Where was I... Ah yes. So assuming we scrounge 9 points from 6 games with the members of the Big Four, that leaves us 34 games and 15 drop-able points. Here are the options (give or take a point):
5 losses, 0 draws
4 losses, 2 draws
3 losses, 3 draws
2 losses, 5 draws
1 loss, 6 draws
0 losses, 8 draws
That's 34 games, and Arsenal needs to win at the most 29 of them, at the least 26.
We had one "bad" loss last year - Middlesbrough. The other two were Chelsea and Man Utd.
So if you wanted to know how much the Fulham loss hurts, now you know.