This week our statistician Josh James looks at Arsenal's record in televised matches.

Wednesday's win over Everton extended Arsenal's unbeaten run in non-televised matches, which now stretches over 18 months.

The last time the Gunners tasted defeat in a game which wasn't shown live on British television was September 25, 2010 - a 3-2 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

You have to go back to November 2009 to find the last time it happened in an away game - 1-0 at Sunderland. Neither of the next two matches (at home to Villa and away to QPR) will be live on TV.

The figures show that when Arsenal have tasted defeat over the past six years, it's often been shown live on television. Thirty-four of the Gunners' 42 Premier League reverses since 2006 (when Arsenal moved to Emirates Stadium) have been shown live on TV.

That's 81 per cent of the team's total league defeats in the past six seasons, despite the fact that just over half (56.2 per cent) of Arsenal's league fixtures in that time have been selected for live broadcast. Coincidentally, all of Arsenal's last 15 league defeats have come in live Sky Sports matches.

Perhaps an immediate explanation for this anomaly is that, by their very nature, Arsenal's games against the other top teams are likely to be among the fixtures selected by the broadcasters. Indeed all of Arsenal's meetings with Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea in the past six seasons have been shown live.

Four different companies have held the rights to show live Premier League games since 2006. As well as Sky Sports – who have been broadcasting the matches since the very first season of the revamped league in 1992/93 - matches have also been shown on ESPN (since 2009/10), Setanta (2007/08 and 2008/09) and on Pay Per View television (2006/07).

It seems that Arsenal most enjoyed appearing on the short-lived Setanta channel, where they averaged 2.21 points per game (PPG) over the 14 matches. The record on ESPN, which is now into its third season of broadcasting Premier League matches, is also impressive - just one defeat from 14 appearances and an average of 2.07 PPG.

Arsenal's record on Sky Sports has picked up recently - winning each of the last three league games on the channel, at home to Spurs and Newcastle, and away to Liverpool.

Generally though, Arsenal tend to fare less well when live on television. Since 2006/07, these matches have garnered 1.68 PPG, compared to 1.92 PPG in the league overall during this time. Goals per game are also slightly down - 1.79 per game on TV, as opposed to 1.91 for all league games since August 2006.

Arsenal's Premier League record since 2006/07
  Pts per game Goals per game
On PPV 1.29 1.29
On Sky Sports 1.57 1.69
On ESPN 2.07 1.93
On Setanta 2.21 2.5
All live TV matches 1.68 1.79
All league matches 1.92 1.91

In total Arsenal have played 123 league games on live television since the start of 2006/07, with a record of W59 D30 L34 F220 A155.

The vast majority of these (71.5 per cent) have been on Sky Sports, which showed 114 Premier League games last season alone. Eighteen (16 per cent) of those matches featured Arsenal, while the previous season the Gunners were involved in 15 (16 per cent) of Sky's 93 live games.

The comeback win over Newcastle earlier this month was Arsenal's 14th appearance on Sky this season - three more Gunners games are scheduled for that channel in April (at home to Manchester City, Wigan and Chelsea).

That trio of Emirates games will go some way to redressing the balance between home and away fixtures that are televised. It seems that the television companies prefer to show Arsenal playing away from home - there were nearly twice as many (63 per cent) televised away matches in the period looked at, as home games.

Again, this goes some way to explaining why the win percentage for TV games is lower than the overall win percentage.

Over the past five years, an average of 21.4 of Arsenal's league games per season are shown on TV.  The full breakdown is as below.

Arsenal's Premier League matches shown live on British television
    Home Away Total
Season Channel
2006/07 SKY 5
4
1
0
11
4
9
4
1
4
10
9
14
8
2
4
21
13
PPV 1
1
0
0
3
0
6
1
3
2
6
7
7
2
3
2
9
7
Total 6
5
1
0
14
4
15
5
4
6
16
16
21
10
5
6
30
20
2007/08 SKY 7
5
2
0
12
5
8
1
5
2
9
9
15
6
7
2
21
14
SETANTA 3
2
1
0
6
3
5
4
0
1
16
7
8
6
1
1
22
10
Total 10
7
3
0
18
8
13
5
5
3
25
16
23
12
8
3
43
24
2008/09 SKY 5
2
2
1
9
10
7
2
5
0
11
8
12
4
7
1
20
18
SETANTA 2
1
0
1
4
2
4
3
0
1
9
4
6
4
0
2
13
6
Total 7
3
2
2
13
12
11
5
5
1
20
12
18
8
7
3
33
24
2009/10 SKY 6 4 0 2 14 8 9 4 1 4 17 14 15
8
1
6
31
22
ESPN 3
2
1
0
5
0
5
4
0
1
14
5
8
6
1
1
19
5
Total 9
6
1
2
19
8
14
8
1
5
31
19
23
14
2
7
50
27
2010/11 SKY 7
2
2
3
8
8
11
5
2
4
20
17
18
7
4
7
28
25
ESPN 1
0
1
0
0
0
3
2
1
0
7
1
4
2
2
0
7
1
Total 8
2
3
3
8
8
14
7
3
4
27
18
22
9
6
7
35
26
2011/12 SKY 5
3
0
2
10
8
9
3
0
6
18

25

14
6
0
8
28
33
ESPN 1
0
1
0
1
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
1
1
Total 6
3
1
2
11
9
10
 3
1
6
18
25
16
6
2
8
29
34
Totals SKY 35 20 7 8
64
43
53
19
14
20
85
82
88
39
21
28
149
125
PPV 1
1
0
0
3
0
6
1
3
2
6
7
7
2
3
2
9
7
SETANTA 5
3
1
1
10
5
9
7
0
2
25
11
14
10
1
3
35
16
ESPN 5
2
3
0
6
1
9
6
2
1
21
6
14
8
5
1
27
7
Total 46
26
11
9
83
49
77
33
19
25
137
106
123
59
30
34
220
155

Looking at the list of teams Arsenal have played in live matches since 2006/07 reveals how appealing the television companies deem a fixture to be to the television markets.

As previously mentioned, every Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool fixture from the past five and a half years has been selected, while more surprisingly all four of Arsenal's Premier League matches with Hull were also shown.

Arsenal v Manchester City, however, is a match that has appealed to television companies only recently - the last four (and next one) meetings between the sides have all been selected for live coverage, compared to just two of the previous seven.

At the other end of the scale, Arsenal's encounters with West Brom and Wolves are the least likely to be broadcast - just one of five of each of those games have been shown live.

Of the 31 different teams Arsenal have faced in the league since 2006, all but three of them have featured in at least one live TV encounter with the Gunners.

Teams Arsenal have faced in live Premier League matches since 2006/07
Team Percentage of fixtures shown Record
    P W D L
Man Utd 100% 12 4 2 6
Chelsea 100% 11 4 2 5
Liverpool 100% 12 4 6 2
Hull City 100% 4 3 0 1
Norwich 100% 1 1 0 0
Tottenham 92% 11 4 4 3
Reading 75% 3 3 0 0
Newcastle 70% 7 3 3 1
Middlesbrough 67% 4 0 3 1
Blackburn 64% 7 4 1 2
West Ham 63% 5 3 1 1
Man City 55% 6 2 2 2
Blackpool 50% 1 1 0 0
Watford 50% 1 1 0 0
Derby 50% 1 1 0 0
Sheff Utd 50% 1 0 0 1
Swansea 50% 1 0 0 1
Aston Villa 45% 5 3 1 1
Everton 42% 5 4 0 1
Fulham 42% 5 2 1 2
Portsmouth 38% 3 2 1 0
Wigan 36% 4 2 1 1
Bolton 33% 4 2 0 2
Sunderland 33% 3 2 1 0
Birmingham 33% 2 1 1 0
Stoke 29% 2 1 0 1
West Brom 20% 1 1 0 0
Wolves 20% 1 1 0 0

When it comes to broadcasting, Arsenal hold a number of notable 'firsts'.

The home match with Sheffield United on January 22, 1927 was the first ever BBC radio broadcast of a football match. Herbert Chapman's Gunners drew the Division One game 1-1 at Highbury, and Charlie Buchan's opener was therefore the first goal captured for public broadcast.

Later that season the Club were part of another radio first - the first ever FA Cup Final broadcast by the BBC, which Cardiff City won 1-0 on April 23, 1927.

As far as television is concerned, Arsenal actually provided both teams in the first game of football ever televised anywhere in the world. It was on September 16, 1937, and parts of a match between Arsenal's first team and Arsenal Reserves held at Highbury were beamed into people's living rooms, though fewer than 10,000 people had sets back then.

The Gunners also featured in the first match to be shown on the BBC's Match of the Day - a 3-2 defeat away to Liverpool on August 22, 1964.

More recently Arsenal were part of television history when they hosted the world's first ever live sports event to be broadcast in 3D - the Premier League match with Manchester United on January 31, 2010.

All stats correct to March 22, 2012. Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme. To subscribe, or buy online, click here.

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 22 Mar 2012