The Run In

Can anyone explain the fixture list?

Why do Spurs have five home games remaining (4 after last night)  and we have 5 away? I know they play at Wembley which could have affected their programme but surely not to this extent.

Man Utd: 4 home, 2 away. We all know how much the FA love their pre-eminent brand, as do the big European clubs who still believe the hype about MU being a “Glamour Club” whilst knowing they are comfortably beatable.

Chelsea have 3 home and 3 away.

This gives a clear advantage to MU and Spurs.

Confirmation Bias? You bet.

Wouldn’t have happened under Herbert Chapman.




24 Responses to The Run In

  1. Gööner In Exile says:

    I think it was because they were scheduled to be in the improved Shite Hart Lane by September so their first 5 games were away, as stadium wasn’t to be ready until then. Obviously that went titsup and they took up Wembley option.

    If they had advised EPL before fixture list announcement that stadium wasn’t going to be finished on time and they would be using Wembley they would probably not have this run in.

    On the positive front when they slide to 6th it will be funny that they can’t even fill the stadium couldn’t even manage capacity on the opening game!

  2. VP says:

    BR, to the valiant few that turn out a post every day, thank you and thank you

  3. LBG says:

    Whimsical Raddy, and still better than a night out at Shite Hart Lane.
    GIE explained it and based on last night still wont be an advantage when a team with gonads turns up. So sorry for the 3000 who didn’t get a ticket and watched the empty corporate seats.
    Hail arsenal

  4. Malaysian gunner says:

    Much talk has been given to Arsenal’s poor away record. Some have even suggested the gunners wont make it to 4th.
    These guys propogate the myth that MU is all that matters.
    Nothing would give me infinite pleasure than to seethem finish 5th.As for the gunners win your games and let the victories speak for themselves.

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    First, thanks to Chas for yesterday’s post. Really good read and for me it raised many separate issues. Maybe I’ll eke out a post to cover one of them as I couldn’t be around yesterday

    From yesterday’s comments: really looking forward to RC’s tactical post next week

    Ok, I have a confirmation bias theory to suit my own agenda
    We’ll thrive on the extra away games. “How are you going to make this theory work, Didit?”
    Simples. The improved weather and lack of of pressure from an always expectant home game.
    Works for me 🙂

  6. chas says:

    It’s a bit annoying, ain’t it, BR.
    Still I’m sure we’ll give it our best shot.
    Other factors may come into it like end of season malaise for mid table sides and either Wolves or Watford worrying about the FA Cup final.

    I’m so hoping Man City inflict the first spud defeat at the new shithole next week.

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah ha, Chas, you offer yet another opportunity for some bias

    The mid table sides with little to play for. Here’s how the excuses can be deployed:

    Win v mid table: they had nothing to play for
    Lose v mid tabler: they played without fear. Handbrake off ‘n all that

  8. chas says:

    Yep, Micky.

    I’m really hoping the shackles come off relegated Huddersfield when they play the spuds.

    Herbert would be pleased. 😊

  9. RA says:

    Morning All,

    I do love in a little whimsey – don’t we all?

    Your whimsical Post, Raddy, is a perfect example of confirmation bias at work.

    Bang in some stats about the scheduling of games affecting some rival clubs which seem to have been deliberately designed to give them an advantage and it falls in with your belief that they always benefit at Arsenal’s expense.

    Without checking to see if this home/away sequence has happened before, or whether it has helped the other clubs, or not, is irrelevant because you already know you’re right.😀

    Thinking back to the Theo years, how many people implored him to ‘sign da ting’ presumably because they knew he was ‘brilliant’ did not have too much going for that view in terms of indisputable facts.

    His time at Everton has shown him to be a very average player who rarely starts games, and the Toffees fans have a very different view of him compared with the above.

    Both are examples of confirmation bias, and being members of the human race automatically qualifies us as being experts in confirmatory bias, or the ‘I’m right’ syndrome.

    The first one – ‘the other bastards are getting an advantage’ – is perfectly correct 😜 (I don’t see any reason for me to check the facts) — but the other one, concerning Theo, could have cost Arsenal £20m in transfer income, if someone at the club had not said ‘the fans are talking bollocks about him signing another ting’.

    Confirmation bias can be harmless as it just makes us feel good – and smart – about something, but sometimes it can cause upset and financial loss, because it is based on evidence that is not f necessarily actual.

    Soz about the above comment, BR, just had an idle moment, as my appointment has been delayed. 🥺

  10. RA says:

    Don’t k ow what happened there -“because it is based on evidence that is not f necessarily actual.”

    Could have sworn I typed — “because it is based on evidence that is not necessarily factual.

    The effing ‘f’ seems to have done a backward somersault. Bloody confirmation bias from my little ‘effers’. 😏

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Raddy.

    In the fairground Arabian horse race we have a spare ball to roll this Sunday, and if we drop it in the red hole we will be ahead of them all again (for a top four finish).

    I reckon we were able to get back into the top four because of our recent schedule (lots of home games) and that has given us the psychological edge now. Now it is time for the OGAAT-WIN mentality; and as all games are winnable for us, isn’t this a great position to be in?! They are all not easy games and we could lose or win them depending on attitude, tactics, lethalness and luck. A very nice position to be in for us Gooners. Every game a cup final; what’s not to like?!

  12. jjgsol says:

    Surely, is not a player only as good as the team he plays in?

    Whilst TW was with us, playing with MO and SC and others, he was able to utilise his skills to score more than 100 goals.

    Move him to Everton, where the “support staff” are nowhere near as good, is it surprising that he has not shone?

    Over the years, many of our better players have left to go elsewhere, even to the better teams, and have not succeeded.

    AW may have been criticised, unjustly so, for many years but he certainly was able to bring the best out of most of the players he bought and developed.

  13. RA says:


    I see what you are trying to say, but in answer to your question; “is it surprising that he (Theo) has not shone?” is that it is not a surprise to me, and many others — he was never that good when he was at Arsenal.

    Your statement and resultant question was another example of ‘confirmation bias’ and to you your question was simply rhetorical — but finding fault withe Everton staff (what is your evidence?) to justify your own opinion is hardly likely to sway those who do not agree with you.

    Obviously, to put the other case — Theo’s poor performances at the Toffees enables people like me to say his uncertain future there proves my point (it does for me) – but I have to admit that it is also another instance of confirmatory bias.

    As I said above, we all have a dash of confirmation bias in us, and that includes both you and me. 😎

  14. fred1266 says:

    Lol u hit the noise on the head micky

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  16. Big Raddy says:

    RA. I disagree about Theo.

    For a few years he was a very good player for AFC. Why he stopped being so is a mystery not even AW could solve. But think of those goals against the Chavs or Spurs. Marvellous.

  17. RA says:

    I know your views on Theo, BR, and agree with your comment above.

    But I was discussing my views on ‘confirmatory bias’.

    I have previously said, many times before, that the Theo that I saw as a young player both for S/Hampton and then Arsenal was terrific, but leg/arm//shoulder injuries and failure to make the most of his talent really hampered him in the last 3 or 4 seasons of his career.

    He was really no loss to Arsenal when he was released by AW – but call me a task master, or call me Gertrude, the point I was making to jjg was that confirmation bias which relies on historic and subjective views of his performances is just that.

    Anyway, if my views cause difficulties or are not acceptable – I withdraw them unreservedly. 🥺

  18. Big Raddy says:

    RA. I am a big fan of Confirmation Bias. It rules my life and as Mr Wenger says “Everyone has the prettiest wife at home” 😀

    This is a good read about Lauren and there is a quiz at the end. I only got 15/22 which is pants

  19. RA says:


    I am not married so if I say “I have the prettiest wife at home” it usually results in fisticuffs! 😂

  20. RA says:

    Thanks for that link, BR, it was really interesting!!

    When you see the transfers in, it is easy to forget the struggles some players experience to be ‘spotted’.

    Umm, I am not prepared to say what I scored in the quiz — it might have been lower than 15 — bugger — player fame is transient – especially when someone has been playing around with your brain! 🥺

  21. chas says:

    Two of those 22 don’t count as they didn’t get a medal.

  22. fred1266 says:

    Got 8 but should have been 10, couldn’t spell Freddy name correctly

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