Our statistician Josh James updates his Behind the Numbers special on Arsenal's comebacks.

In the process of beating Newcastle on Monday the Gunners set a new Premier League record – four successive victories from losing positions.

In all Arsenal have won 10 games this season after falling behind, that's 38.5 per cent of all the victories this season.

Five of those comeback wins have been in away matches, compared to no comeback wins on the road at all last season. In fact it's the most away comeback wins Arsenal have recorded in a single season since the turn of the century.

Between 2000/01 and last season, Arsenal won 19 away matches from losing positions, an average of 1.7 per season.

All but two of the 24 away comeback wins recorded since the start of 2000/01 were from a one-goal deficit. The two exceptions were at Standard Liege in 2009/10 – when Arsenal won 3-2 having trailed 2-0 after five minutes in the Champions League group stage – and in 2007/08 at Bolton.

That win, on March 29, 2008, has to go down as one of the best comeback victories for the Gunners in Premier League history. Arsenal were reduced to 10 men after half an hour when Abou Diaby was dismissed, and 2-0 down at half-time. William Gallas pulled one back on 62 minutes, Robin van Persie scored a penalty on 68, then in the final minute Jlloyd Samuel’s own goal gave Arsenal an improbable victory.

It was the Gunners’ first league win at the Reebok since 2002, and came on the back of a five-game winless streak in the league.

As well as those 22 comeback wins, Arsenal have also salvaged a draw 28 times from losing positions in away games since 2000/01.

Behind The Numbers

The Newcastle win on Monday also made it five home comeback wins so far this term, as well as one draw rescued from a losing position.

Arsenal trailed for just 55 seconds against Newcastle, and despite the fact three goals were scored in the game, the two teams were level for all but two minutes of the match.

Arsenal also hit back quickly in their previous comeback win at Emirates - the 5-2 triumph over Spurs.

That day Arsenal were 2-0 down after 34 minutes, level within nine minutes and ahead within 17 minutes. Both teams held the lead for exactly 39 minutes that day, just as both teams held the lead for one minute on Monday.

The victory over Spurs was the second Emirates win this season from a two-goal deficit, following the Aston Villa FA Cup turnaround on January 29.

That makes it three instances of winning from 2-0 down in Emirates Stadium history (Arsenal beat Bolton 4-2 in the Premier League 2009/10, having trailed 2-0 after 28 minutes), and Wenger's men have twice recovered from two-goal deficits to force draws at Emirates - against Barcelona and Portsmouth.

In fact Emirates Stadium has proved a fruitful venue for Arsenal comebacks, with 12 of the 27 (44 per cent) fixtures in the debut season ending with the Gunners salvaging something from a losing position.

There was at least one comeback at home in each of the first seven months of the 2006/07 season, as Arsenal showed plenty of fighting spirit while they got used to their new surroundings.

In total, from the 166 games at Emirates Stadium so far, Arsenal have claimed at least a draw from losing positions on 35 occasions (21 per cent of all games there).

Nineteen of those matches have ended in wins, and the other 16 in draws. That means 16 per cent of all the Arsenal victories at Emirates have been comeback wins, while 46 per cent of all draws were saved from deficits.

In the Premier League the record is 12 wins and 12 draws from losing positions, meaning 48 points have been gained, from a total of 243 Premier League points won at Emirates.

Overall there have been 37 comeback home wins since the start of 2000/01, and 25 comeback draws.

That is fewer draws than have been rescued away from home in the same timeframe, but more wins. A sign that the team are less prepared to settle for a draw at home? Or perhaps a consequence of home support helping to turn one point into three.

The home comeback wins over the past decade include some of the most memorable matches: the 2-1 win over Leicester to complete an unbeaten league season in 2003/04, the 4-2 victory against Wigan on the last day at Highbury and last season’s 2-1 beating of Barcelona to name just three.

Behind The Numbers

As well as the home and away games listed above, Arsenal came from 1-0 down to win the 2001 FA Cup Semi-Final on neutral territory against Tottenham, making it 62 comeback victories overall in the last 12 seasons, of which five (eight per cent) have now been against Spurs.

Looking further back in history, one of the very few occasions when Arsenal managed to pull back a three-goal deficit was also against Spurs.

In a Division One fixture on October 6, 1962, the Gunners found themselves 3-0 down after 26 minutes at White Hart Lane, but two goals from the 18 year-old David Court (on just his third outing for the Club) helped Arsenal claw it back to 3-2. After Spurs increased the lead again, Arsenal struck twice to make it 4-4 at full-time.

Another, more recent, three-goal comeback was on April 30, 1988 when George Graham's Gunners came from 3-0 behind (after 36 minutes) to grab a 3-3 draw at Sheffield Wednesday in Division One.

Behind The Numbers

A feature of Arsenal's comebacks this season has been the speed with which they have responded after falling behind.

The rapid turnaround against Spurs has been covered above, and during the other three games of the record-breaking sequence of comebacks, Arsenal trailed for a total of just 14 minutes.

Against Sunderland on February 11, Aaron Ramsey struck the equaliser five minutes after James McClean's opener; at Anfield Robin van Persie hit back eight minutes after Laurent Koscielny's own goal, and Newcastle's lead lasted less than a minute.

Earlier this season Arsenal were beating Aston Villa within just 16 minutes of falling 2-0 behind.

Arsenal had to come back twice against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October, the second equaliser coming just four minutes into the second half, following John Terry's goal on the stroke of half-time.

During the 10 comeback wins this season, Arsenal have been behind for just 153 minutes, an average of 15 minutes per game.

Comeback wins this season
Opponents Competition Venue Trailed Minutes trailed Final score
Udinese UCL A 0-1 16 2-1
Shrewsbury Carling Cup H 0-1 17 3-1
Bolton Carling Cup H 0-1 6 2-1
Chelsea Premier League A 0-1, 1-2 26 5-3
Norwich Premier League A 0-1 11 2-1
Aston Villa FA Cup
H 0-2 24 3-2
Sunderland Premier League A 0-1 5 2-1
Tottenham Premier League H 0-2 39 5-2
Liverpool Premier League A 0-1 8 2-1
Newcastle Premier League H 0-1 1 2-1

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16 Mar 2012