This week our statistician Josh James analyses the quirks and trends behind fixture dates and times.
This week's 2-1 victory against Newcastle was the 14th consecutive win for home games played on a Monday - a sequence that now stretches back nearly 15 years.
Since the start of the 1997/98 campaign (Arsène Wenger's first full season in charge) Arsenal's record for Monday home fixtures is: P14 W14 D0 L0 F38 A6. That run includes five matches played at Emirates Stadium, making it the most successful day for games at the venue.
This is followed, in terms of win percentage, by Tuesday (86.7 per cent) although Wednesday is the only other day on which Arsenal are unbeaten at Emirates - 28 games unbeaten on that day.
Generally speaking Arsenal prefer to play at home during midweek, and away on a weekend. Arsenal's win percentage for Saturday matches on the road since 2006/07 is 52.6 per cent - a whole ten percentage points better than the overall win percentage for away games in this time.
In fact Arsenal haven't lost a 'traditional' Saturday 3pm fixture - home or away - since September 25, 2010. The record for such fixtures this season is P7 W7 D0 L0 F15 A1. Of the remaining ten fixtures in 2011/12, just three will be played at this time.
Arsenal's least favourite day over the past six seasons has been a Sunday, registering just a 47.9 per cent win rate overall. This is mainly due to the away record on that day, when the matches are often live television fixtures against the leading sides.
Arsenal have played just once on a Friday since 2006/07 (a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Boxing Day 2008), and not once on a Thursday. The Gunners' last Thursday fixture was a 3-1 win at Man City on May 4, 2006.
|Home||Away (and neutral)||TOTAL|
Arsenal have had seven different kick-off times over their past eight matches, and 17 different start times in all since 2006/07. The most common of these is 7.45pm (33.2 per cent), followed by 3pm (22.2 per cent), then 4pm (11.4 per cent).
Of the eight most common kick-off times from the past six seasons, Arsenal have been at their most successful at 7.45pm (63.1 per cent win rate).
The high success rate for 7.45pm kick-offs (the default time for Champions League matches) is based on a very impressive Emirates record for these matches. So far Arsenal have played 56 7.45pm games at Emirates Stadium (more than at any other time) losing just one and enjoying an 80.4 per cent win rate.
The Gunners also enjoy playing games at 1.30pm at Emirates - the 5-2 win over Spurs was the ninth victory out of ten games kicking off at that time in the stadium's history.
At the other end of the spectrum, 5.15pm is the kick-off time with the lowest Arsenal win percentage (26.7). An explanation for this, perhaps, lays in the fact that 14 out of the 15 quarter-past-five kick-offs since 2005/06 have come in away games, and therefore is more likely to result in a lower win percentage.
Coincidentally four of the past five times Arsenal have been knocked out of the FA Cup (Sunderland 11/12, Man United 10/11, Chelsea 08/09 and Man United 07/08) have been in 5.15pm kick-offs.
Yet strangely, when games commence just 15 minutes later, the Gunners have their best win percentage on the road for any kick-off time - 68.8 per cent from 16 matches, much higher than the overall away rate of 42.6.
Given Arsenal's excellent recent record from 3pm kick-offs (as mentioned above) it's a shame that only 13.6 per cent of the team's away games since 2006/07 have kicked off at this time - fewer than half the number of home 3pm kick-offs.
|Early (12pm to 2.05pm)||62%|
|Afternoon (3pm to 5.30pm)||51%|
|Evening (7.45pm to 8.05pm)||60.8%|
Arsenal hold the distinction of having lifted a major trophy on every day of the week.
The Club's first four honours were all clinched on a Saturday, as indeed were more than half (52 per cent) of Arsenal's major prizes. But since 1994 (and the European Cup Winners' Cup triumph) the Club have celebrated on all seven days of the week.
Perhaps surprisingly, two of the 13 league titles were confirmed on a Friday (1952/53 and 1988/89) while three were won on a Monday.
The 1993 FA Cup Final, unusually, was won on a Thursday night - the Gunners defeating Sheffield Wednesday in a replay five days after the initial 1-1 draw.
The second leg of the 1969/70 Fairs Cup Final was played at Highbury on Tuesday, April 28, 1970 (Bertie Mee's side won 3-0 to take the trophy 4-3 on aggregate) and the Club's second European honour - the 1994 Cup Winners' Cup - was won on Wednesday, May 4, 1994, to complete the clean sweep.
Of the 27 major honours, 15 (56 per cent) were won during the month of May, the other 12 in April.
On the subject of favourable months, Monday's victory over Newcastle also extended another Emirates record - the Club remain unbeaten there during the month of March (P15 W10 D5).
In fact it is one of four calendar months in which the Gunners remain undefeated at Emirates, the others being February (P16 W12 D4), October (P17 W15 D2) and December (P18 W15 D3).
Arsenal's honours by day:
|1993/94||Cup Winners' Cup|
Stats correct to March 14, 2012. Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme. To subscribe, or buy online, click here.