Arsenal will take on Leicester this Sunday at the Emirates in what is a massive clash in this year’s title race…
Over the weekend, Thierry Henry correctly stated that if, prior to the season’s kick off, one would have stated that Chelsea and Manchester City were going to drop so many points, it would have seemed safe enough to then assume that Arsenal would walk away with the league.
“If I had said to you that Chelsea would struggle, Manchester City would struggle, you would have thought that it would be a season that Arsenal would walk away with it easily.” – Thierry Henry
As things have transpired, the most unlikely of candidates have risen to the fore. Leicester City have been an almost unstoppable force in the Premier League this season and, as it stands, they are 5 points clear at the top of the table. Arsenal are still very much in the race however as they are currently in third place in the table and only sit behind Tottenham Hotspurs on goal difference.
There’s been some cause for concern for Gooners today however as the news of who will officiate the massive clash with Leicester was confirmed this morning.
Although the news may not seem as awful as the dreaded Mike Dean taking charge of affairs (Watch: Three Seperate Clips Prove Mike Dean Is A Spurs Fan), Atkinson is far from ideal for the Gunners as recent stats have shown that Arsenal have now lost five of the last seven games he has officiated for them.
Martin Atkinson will officiate Arsenal v Leicester. The Gunners have won one and lost five of the last seven he has refereed.
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) February 8, 2016
On a somewhat positive note however, TransferMarkt have dug up an almost equally intriguing stat as they have today revealed that of the 14 times Claudio Ranieri has played against Arsene Wenger in his career, he has only come away with a victory on one occasion.
Claudio Ranieri has only won one in fourteen clashes against Arsene Wenger (source: Transfermarkt) https://t.co/N1eDABauDY
— GunnersReddit (@GunnersReddit) February 9, 2016
Of course stats such as these mean very little but, with Arsenal’s record with Atkinson in charge taken into account, surely Wenger’s hoodoo over Ranieri will do something to calm the concerns of Gooners as they look to what is surely a must win at the Emirates this weekend.
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