The bleedin' obvious

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BBC recently published the top 10 teams for Premier League goals (yes, because football was only invented in 1992):

1. Man Utd - 1,999
2. Arsenal - 1,858
3. Liverpool - 1,795
4. Chelsea - 1,789
5. Spurs - 1,562
6. Man City - 1,403
7. Everton - 1,365
8. Newcastle - 1,254
9. Aston Villa - 1,132
10. West Ham - 1,075

With Villa having recently spent a couple of seasons out of the top flight, there are only 6 ever-present Premier League teams, of which we're one. Yet we're seventh, behind a Man City team that went as low as the 3rd tier in 1998, before returning to the top flight in 2002.

Fair enough, Man City have been free-scoring since the Abu Dhabi investment, but Everton are a long way behind the 5th ever-present, Spurs, and this serves to highlight the bleedin' obvious — we don't score enough goals!!!

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Darren Hind
1 Posted 22/10/2019 at 19:06:36
I would give the most goals conceded column a miss Matt.
Steve Ferns
2 Posted 22/10/2019 at 19:09:44
Haha, and the games lost column too Darren. Incidentally, we had passed the tag onto West Ham only to take it back off them. We need Aston Villa to stay up for a few seasons at least, as they could knock us down to third in games lost if we get our act together. And unlike West Ham and Aston Villa, we've won more than we've lost.

Don't we hold that record in the all-time stats as well? Played more games, drew more games, lost more games, scored more goals, conceded more goals … we've just played far more games.

Darren Hind
3 Posted 22/10/2019 at 19:15:23
I believe we do Steve
Stan Schofield
4 Posted 24/10/2019 at 10:00:08
What's bleedin' obvious is that we're midtable, usually finishing around 8th or thereabouts. We don't need stats to reveal what's already obvious. We all know we've needed better quality players etc., and the money to finance that, for a long time. Only in the last few years have we started to try to correct this.

Regarding Spurs and Liverpool, they've scored more goals than us, but they've won the Premier League exactly the same number of times, zero.

The object of the whole exercise is to be top dog again, to actually win trophies, and habitually so. We don't want to be 'nearly teams' like Spurs and Liverpool, we actually want to be the best and with style, like we were many years ago and like City are now. If we take care of that, all the 'good stats' we might wish for will arise naturally, but will still be irrelevant to us knowing how good we are.

Andrew James
5 Posted 25/10/2019 at 13:12:07
Logical that for 11 years of Premiership history we were coached by a frugal David Moyes whereby we got by on a lot of 1-0's while City would have scored a lot of goals since their new money came in 11 years ago.

It doesn't really mean much given Arsenal haven't won the league for 15 years and that team in 3rd haven't actually won the Premier League.

Looks to me like someone behind the scenes at the BBC trying to put City in their place?!

Dennis Stevens
6 Posted 25/10/2019 at 14:33:04
I wonder what the table would look like if the total goals were averaged out over the number of seasons in the top flight.
Darren Hind
7 Posted 25/10/2019 at 16:21:11
Arsenal haven't won the league for 15 years ?

Bloody hell where did the time go ?

Duncan McDine
8 Posted 25/10/2019 at 16:39:04
Makes me feel old Darren. I remember watching us lose 3-2 (I think) at the old Highbury when they won the double. If my memory isn’t too far off I think young Franny Jeffers scored against us that day.

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