This week our statistician looks back at some of Arsenal's record unbeaten runs.
Arsenal's fantastic unbeaten away run came to an end at Old Trafford earlier this month, having come within one match of the all-time club record.
The Gunners went 15 matches unbeaten on the road between March 13, 2013 and November 6, 2013 inclusive, winning 14 of those games and scoring 27 goals in the process.
The first and last games of the run were both victories on German soil
The first and last games of the run were victories on German soil. It began with a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich on March 13 and ended nearly eight months later with a 1-0 win against Borussia Dortmund.
Those were two of four Champions League matches in the run; there were also 10 Premier League fixtures and one in the Capital One Cup. The run included Arsenal's all-time record run for consecutive away wins (12).
The only game that ended in a draw within the unbeaten run was the league match at West Brom in October, which was 1-1. The Capital One Cup game at The Hawthorns the previous month also finished 1-1 at 90 minutes, but Arsenal won on penalties after extra time.
In fact Arsenal visited the Hawthorns three times in the run - one of 11 different venues in all.
Arsenal kept eight clean sheets and conceded just seven goals - and never more than one in a game.
As the sequence straddled two seasons, Arsenal also played four away pre-season friendlies during it, which all ended in victory, and one friendly on neutral ground, which was a 3-1 victory over Manchester City.
All of which means the Gunners haven’t lost outside of England during 2013. The last defeat on foreign soil was against Olympiacos in December 2012.
Game by game
|Mar 13, 2013||UCL||Bayern Munich||2-0||Giroud, Koscielny|
|Mar 16, 2013||Prem||Swansea City||2-0||Monreal, Gervinho|
|Apr 6, 2013||Prem||West Brom||2-1||Rosicky 2|
|Apr 20, 2013||Prem||Fulham||1-0||Mertesacker|
|May 4, 2013||Prem||QPR||1-0||Walcott|
|May 19, 2013||Prem||Newcastle||1-0||Koscielny|
|Aug 21, 2013||UCL||Fenerbache||3-0||Gibbs, Ramsey, Giroud|
|Aug 24, 2013||Prem||Fulham||3-1||Giroud, Podolski 2|
|Sept 14, 2013||Prem||Sunderland||3-1||Giroud, Ramsey 2|
|Sept 18, 2013||UCL||Marseille||2-1||Walcott, Ramsey|
|Sept 25, 2013||COC||West Brom||1-1||Eisfeld|
|Sept 28, 2013||Prem||Swansea City||2-1||Gnabry, Ramsey|
|Oct 6, 2013||Prem||West Brom||1-1||Wilshere|
|Oct 26, 2013||Prem||Crystal Palace||2-0||Arteta, Giroud|
|Nov 6, 2013||UCL||Borussia Dortmund||1-0||Ramsey|
The all-time club record for consecutive unbeaten away games in all competitions therefore remains at 16 - set twice previously: Between May 5, 1990 and January 30, 1991; and then between February 7, 2004 and October 20, 2004.
The first run started on the final day of the 1989/90 season, when Alan Smith scored both goals in a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road. Arsenal then remained unbeaten for the first 15 away games in 1990/91, conceding just seven times in those games.
Arsenal were not involved in European competition at the time, so all the games were played on English soil, but the matches did span three different competitions.
The overall record was P16 W8 D8 F22 A9, and George Graham's Gunners kept nine clean sheets in the process.
The sequence included trips to Goodison Park, The City Ground, Elland Road (twice), White Hart Lane, Villa Park and Old Trafford.
Arsenal lost only one of the first 59 fixtures played at Emirates Stadium
That 1-0 win away to Manchester United though, will forever be remembered for a 21-man brawl, rather than Anders Limpar's goal. As a consequence of the scenes, Arsenal were docked two points by the FA, while United were handed a one-point penalty.
The matchwinner at Old Trafford, Limpar, was a man bang in form during that run. He top scored during the sequence with seven of the 22 goals, ahead of Smith (six) and Paul Merson and Perry Groves with three each. Those seven goals for the Swede accounted for more than a third of his career total for the Club.
The unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on February 2, a game in which Arsenal lost Steve Bould to injury.
That, however, would be the only time Arsenal tasted defeat away from home all season - and the only time they tasted defeat in the league. They lost only three games in all competitions in 1990/91: that Chelsea defeat, a 6-2 loss to Manchester United in the League Cup at Highbury, and a 3-1 FA Cup semi-final reverse at the hands of Tottenham at Wembley.
Arsenal bounced back from that Chelsea defeat to beat Leeds in the FA Cup in the next away game, and Liverpool at Anfield in the next away game in the league. The Stamford Bridge result proved nothing more than a blip, and the Gunners won the league title with two games to spare.
They then didn't lose another away game until the first day of the 1991/92 season, meaning Arsenal lost just once on the road during a 15-month period.
In 2004 Arsenal matched this feat, completing the unbeaten 2003/04 season with 10 undefeated away games, and then avoiding defeat in the first six away games of 2004/05.
The record during this sequence was W10 D6 F35 A14, and the six draws included one of the most significant in the Club's history - 2-2 against Tottenham at White Hart Lane to seal the league title on April 25, 2004.
The run came to an end at Old Trafford in October 2004, in the same game which also ended the 49-game unbeaten league record, more of which below.
Club record unbeaten away runs
|May 5, 1990||Div 1||Norwich City||2-2||Smith 2|
|Aug 25, 1990||Div 1||Wimbledon||3-0||Merson, Smith, Groves|
|Sept 8, 1990||Div 1||Everton||1-1||Groves|
|Sept 22, 1990||Div 1||Nottingham Forest||2-0||Rocastle, Limpar|
|Sept 25, 1990||LC||Chester||1-0||Merson|
|Sept 29, 1990||Div 1||Leeds United||2-2||Limpar 2|
|Oct 20, 1990||Div 1||Man United||1-0||Limpar|
|Oct 30, 1990||LC||Man City||2-1||Groves, Adams|
|Nov 3, 1990||Div 1||Coventry City||2-0||Limpar 2|
|Nov 10, 1990||Div 1||Crystal Palace||0-0|
|Nov 24, 1990||Div 1||QPR||3-1||Merson, Smith,Campbell|
|Dec 8, 1990||Div 1||Luton Town||1-1||Smith|
|Dec 23, 1990||Div 1||Aston Villa||0-0|
|Jan 1, 1991||Div 1||Man City||1-0||Smith|
|Jan 12, 1991||Div 1||Tottenham||0-0|
|Jan 30, 1991||FAC||Leeds United||1-1||Limpar|
|Feb 7, 2004||Prem||Wolves||3-1||Bergkamp, Henry, Toure|
|Feb 21, 2004||Prem||Chelsea||2-1||Vieira, Edu|
|Feb 24, 2004||UCL||Celta Vigo||3-2||Edu 2, Pires|
|Mar 6, 2004||FAC||Portsmouth||5-1||Henry 2, Ljunberg 2, Toure|
|Mar 13, 2004||Prem||Blackburn Rovers||2-0||Henry, Pires|
|Mar 24, 2004||UCL||Chelsea||1-1||Pires|
|Apr 11, 2004||Prem||Newcastle United||0-0|
|Apr 25, 2004||Prem||Tottenham||2-2||Vieira, Pires|
|May 4, 2004||Prem||Portsmouth||1-1||Reyes|
|May 9, 2004||Prem||Fulham||1-0||Reyes|
|Aug 15, 2004||Prem||Everton||4-1||Bergkamp, Reyes, Ljunberg, Pires|
|Aug 28, 2004||Prem||Norwich City||4-1||Reyes, Henry, Pires, Bergkamp|
|Sept 11, 2004||Prem||Fulham||3-0||Ljunberg, Knight (og), Reyes|
|Sept 25, 2004||Prem||Man City||1-0||Cole|
|Sept 29, 2004||UCL||Rosenborg||1-1||Ljunberg|
|Oct 20, 2004||UCL||Panathinaikos||2-2||Ljunberg, Henry|
The Club's all-time record for consecutive unbeaten home games, meanwhile, stands at 36 games, and was set relatively recently - in fact it was during the Emirates Stadium era.
Arsène Wenger's men didn’t suffer defeat at home between April 14, 2007 and September 23, 2008 inclusive - winning 27 and drawing nine of their fixtures across four different competitions.
The run was bookended by the first and second ever defeats at Emirates Stadium.
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West Ham were the first visiting to side to win at Emirates, on April 7, 2007. The following week Arsenal bounced back to beat Bolton 2-1, and then strung together a remarkable series of results. AC Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea (twice), Tottenham (twice) and Liverpool (twice) were among the visitors in the sequence. The 14th game was the record victory at the stadium (7-0 v Slavia Prague) while Newcastle were beaten four times in those 36 matches.
Arsenal scored 82 goals in all, and conceded just 18.
The run eventually came to an end on September 27, 2008 when newly-promoted Hull City registered an unlikely 2-1 victory.
Having lost none of the first 22 games at Emirates, it meant that Arsenal lost only one of the first 59 fixtures played at the stadium. This unbeaten home record overlapped the Club's all-time record for unbeaten matches, home and away, in all competitions.
This record stands at 28 games - from April 9, 2007 to November 24, 2007 inclusive. Arsenal won 20 games, drew eight, scored 61 goals and conceded 16 in this run. Cesc Fabregas top scored with 13 goals.
It came to an end with a 3-1 reverse away to Sevilla in the Champions League. Wenger made seven changes for that game though, with qualification already assured.
While we are looking at unbeaten sequences, the Club's all-time unbeaten record in league matches, is of course, well documented. The 49 games without defeat between May 7, 2003 and October 16, 2004 is not only an Arsenal record, but an English-football best.
Arsenal won 36 of those matches, drew 13 and scored 112 goals. The run was brought to an end with a controversial 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 24, 2004.
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