Well, it might not end up being the most trophy-laden of seasons for Arsenal, but Thierry has a lot to play, and score, for. Not only is he top scorer in the Premier League â€“ he’s seven goals ahead of Palace’s Andy Johnson â€“ but he’s also leading the race to win the European Golden Boot. He’s four goals ahead of the mighty Marek MintÃ¡l, of FC NÃ¼rnberg, and five ahead of Samuel Et’oo’o, of Barcelona. He’s also got the most assists â€“ 22 â€“ not that you get any silly coloured boots on plinths for that.
The Premier League’s official website is actually quite handy, in parts, and I’ve only just taken a look at it. If you launch the Statistics tool, aka ‘Action Station’ (their choice of words, not mine you understand), you can pluck out a whole raft of stats, many of which are entirely pointless.
Our longest unbeaten streak this season is just nine games. Clean sheets? Only 11 between Lehmann (6) and Almunia (5). Even WBA’s Russell Hoult has had six clean sheets, though obviously, he’s played more games. Most red cards dished out by refs? Mike ‘Life Of’ Riley, of course, with seven. Least? Messias, Foy and Webb have yet to hand one out.
Recent form? We are joint top with the leaders.
Not so useful facts
We are a lowly 13th when it comes to the age of the club (119 years). Perennial underachievers Villa might not have had much to cheer about this season, but they should be pleased to hear that this is one table they are joint top of. 131 years old, they are.
And finally, if all games finished at half-time, we’d be top of the league, heading for the championship.
So all hail Arsenal, half-time champions elect.
Right, time to shut up I think.