What a difference a number makes. Change a 1 to a 2 and all is right in the world.
So November 2016 has been and gone, October was the month of the tabloids saying how The Arsenal always fail in the four week run up to December and December will be the month of the tabloids jingoistically reporting how all the EPL foreign managers miss their winter breaks back in Spain/Italy/Germany.
But how did November 2016 fair and are our November blues all just tabloid click-bait bullshit.
Well let’s see…….
November 2016 – (excluding Milk Cup ties)
Played 5; Won 2; Drawn 3; Lost -; Goals for/against 10/7; Points 9/15, Ave 1.8
Now over the previous 19 seasons UW (Under Wenger) our November average points per game tally has been 1.6.
When you compare that to the rest of the season;
Sept/October average points per match 2.15
August / Dec to May ave 2.05,
It shows that Novembers are pretty pants at Highbury / The Emirates to say the least
I could reel out a number of factors that stuff up November in N5;
UCL double header: these games are must win whether against the top or bottom sides of the group.
Interlull: There is always a bloody international break in November, which kills any momentum.
Big EPl games: for some reason The Arsenal always seem to get at least one or two top four games in the merry month of November.
And yes, these factors could be applied to all EPL/UCL chasing teams in England, so why does The Arsenal get affected more?
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I personally put it down to one thing; Argumentum ad populum
Loose translation; If you say it enough, it becomes true.
Early in Wenger’s Arsenal tenure, the first few Novembers were poor, the media picked up on this, ran with it as a headline for the next few seasons and so….
The players believed it, the fans believed.
They were told to believe that November will be crap and so it became that November is crap.
Argumentum ad populum
So please players, fans, media hacks, everyone:
Don’t believe the hype, it’s just a month.