This week our statistician Josh James takes a look at the Arsenal's various different scorelines in Premier League history.
Arsenal's last two league games have, conversely, ended in the Club's most common, and (joint) least common scorelines in Premier League history. Arsenal's 7-3 win over Newcastle on December 29 was the first-time ever that they have recorded that scoreline in the Premier League. It was followed three days later by the Club's 100th 1-1 draw in the competition, against Southampton.
The 7-3 victory was the 38th different scoreline recorded by the Club from 792 Premier League games, and the 21st different winning score. The only other time an Arsenal match had ended 7-3 was in the old First Division, in a home game against Man City in 1956/57. At the other end of the scale, 1-1 is followed by 1-0 wins (86) and goalless draws (73) in terms of frequency in Premier League matches for Arsenal.
The four goal-winning margin against Newcastle was the 34th time Arsenal had been exactly four goals superior in a Premier League encounter. It was also the 51st occasion - out of the Gunners' 424 Premier League victories - that Arsenal have won by at least four goals (12 per cent). In contrast just four (2.5 per cent) of the 157 all-time Premier League defeats have been by four goals or more - and only one of those has been in the past 12 seasons.
Last month's win over Newcastle was only the second time Arsenal had taken part in a 10-goal Premier League fixture. The previous occasion was altogether more forgettable, with Manchester United triumphing 8-2 at Old Trafford in August 2011.
Only 13 (1.6 per cent) of Arsenal's 792 Premier League matches have witnessed eight or more goals, with more than half (51 per cent) seeing no more than two goals. On average each Premier League game that Arsenal play features 2.68 goals. In each of the past four seasons however (including this one), the average has been above three, as the recent trend has been an increase in both the number of goals scored and conceded.
So far this campaign Arsenal have scored 40 and conceded 22 in the league, at 3.10 total goals per game, slightly down from 3.24 goals per game last season. Compare this with the stats from the very first season of Premier League football - 1992/93 - during which Arsenal's 42 league games contained just 1.86 goals each on average.
Including the pre-Premier League days, the top-flight season which saw the most goals in Arsenal games was 1930/31 (a title-winning season). That year Arsenal netted a Club record 127 goals, and conceded 59 from 42 matches, at a rate of 4.43 per game. The second highest was in 1932/33 (4.26 goals per game), which was also another championship season.
Broadening the criteria to include cup and European games too, each Arsenal gamethis season has featured 3.5 goals on average, higher than any other campaign under Arsène Wenger. The Gunners have scored 66 and conceded 39 from the 30 games so far in 2012/13, for a total of 105. It's a result of the best attacking record and worst defensive record under Wenger arriving in the same season.
In 2012/13 Arsenal have scored 2.2 goals per game - better than any previous season of the Wenger era. However the 1.3 conceded per match also represents the worst defensive record of the same timescale. The most goals Arsenal have scored in a Wenger season is 119 (achieved three times) and the most conceded was 67 (last season).
So far, the 931 total games Wenger has taken charge of have comprised 2,625 goals in all, at 2.82 per match - a higher rate than any of the Club's previous five managers.
Goals per game in Arsenal matches under Arsène Wenger
Stats correct as at January 8, 2013.
Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme.
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