This week our statistician Josh James looks at Arsenal's scoring record.
Mikel Arteta's late strike against Manchester City means that Arsenal have scored against every other team in the Premier League, for the second season in a row.
After failing to score in each of the first two games of the season, Arsenal have only drawn blanks in two of the past 30 league matches.
Overall during the Arsène Wenger era Arsenal have scored in 501 out of 594 (84.3 per cent) Premier League games. Before Wenger took charge, Arsenal scored in 67.8 per cent of Premier League games.
So far this season Arsenal have scored in 87.5 per cent of League matches - the lowest rate for a full season during the Wenger reign was 2005/06 (71.1 per cent).
The Gunners remain the only side to have scored in every single game of a Premier League season, a feat achieved during the 2001/02 campaign.
That scoring record helped fire Arsenal to the league title that year, and the team also scored in 89.5 per cent of games during the 2003/04 championship season. However, Arsenal scored in just 76.3 per cent of the games in the 1997/98 title season – one of the lowest ratios under Wenger - meaning titles aren’t necessarily the product of finding the net regularly.
Since 1997 though, Arsenal have always finished in the top three when scoring in at least 33 games during a season (seven occasions).
The Club's longest run of Premier League games without finding the net is four (on four separate occasions) and in all league football for the Gunners it's six matches (1986/87). Arsenal managed to finish fourth that season, despite a run of nine games from January 18 to March 28 in which they scored just once.
|Season||Games scored in||Percentage|
Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers are the four teams to have kept clean sheets against the Gunners this season, and all four of those sides are among the most frequent at shutting out Arsène Wenger's team in history.
Twenty-seven sides have stopped Arsenal scoring during the Wenger era, with Liverpool leading the way with nine clean sheets from 31 games. However, the Reds have kept Arsenal out just twice in the past 22 league meetings.
Only five teams have stopped Arsenal scoring at all (both home and away) in the same season. These were Liverpool (1997/98, 1998/99 and 1999/2000), Chelsea (2005/06 and 2009/10), Aston Villa (1997/98), Manchester United (2005/06) and Fulham (2008/09).
In contrast, Arsenal have kept two clean sheets against the same team in a single season 45 times under Wenger. The Gunners prevented West Ham from scoring against them in five separate seasons (1997/98, 1998/99, 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2010/11).
In 1998/99 seven different teams didn't score against Arsenal either home or away, while the only season in the past 15 in which each team scored at least once past Arsenal was 2006/07.
Of the teams Arsenal have faced twice so far this season, they have prevented Bolton and Everton from scoring, but could add Wigan to that list on Monday.
|2010/11||3||Man City, West Ham, Wolves|
|2009/10||2||Fulham, Aston Villa|
|2008/09||3||Blackburn, West Ham, Portsmouth|
|2007/08||2||West Ham, Wigan|
|2005/06||3||Birmingham, Charlton, Aston Villa|
|2004/05||4||Blackburn, Fulham, Portsmouth,
Aston Villa, Birmingham, Fulham
|2002/03||3||Birmingham, Charlton, Middlesbrough|
|2000/01||3||Aston Villa, Man City, Newcastle|
|1998/99||7||Liverpool, Charlton, Chelsea, Coventry
Everton, Derby, West Ham
|1997/98||4||West Ham, Barnsley, Crystal Palace
Of the 93 Premier League matches in which Arsenal didn't find the net, 64 (68.8 per cent) were away fixtures.
Uncharacteristically, Arsène Wenger's first ever home game in charge ended in a goalless draw (against Coventry City on October 19, 1996), but since then Arsenal have fired blanks in just 28 out of 296 (9.5 per cent) home league games.
However, over the past four seasons Arsenal have found it just as easy to score on the road than they have at home: of the last 22 matches in which Arsenal failed to score, there has been a split of exactly 50 per cent between home and away fixtures.
At Emirates Stadium, Arsenal have scored in 99 out of 111 (89.2 per cent) league games, and 150 out of 168 (89.3 per cent) games in all competitions.
The team have scored in each of the past 12 games at home, still some way short of the scoring record at Emirates Stadium, which stands at 25 consecutive matches (April 14, 2007 to February 11, 2008 inclusive).
From May 19, 2001, until November 30, 2002 inclusive Arsenal scored in every league match they played - a sequence of 55 games covering 18 months and spanning three seasons.
The run, not surprisingly, is an all-time record for English football, beating the previous best of 47, set by Chesterfield in 1930.
Chesterfield set the record in the old Division Three North in an era when goals were far more plentiful. In 1930, 70 per cent of English League games produced more than two goals, compared to just 54 per cent in 2002.
Arsenal more than doubled the previous Premier League record, which stood at 25 consecutive matches, and the previous club record was 31 matches.
The all-time record was broken in style on September 28, 2002 with a 4-1 win against Leeds. The sequence was eventually halted by Manchester United at Old Trafford on December 7.
During the record-breaking run 15 different Arsenal players found the net, firing a total of 117 goals, including an own goal.
The closest Arsenal came to losing the record was at White Hart Lane on November 17, 2001. The Gunners broke the deadlock in the 81st minute through Robert Pires that day, although Spurs scored even later to equalise.
Thierry Henry was the leading scorer in the run with 33, while the best individual scoring streak was from Freddie Ljungberg who netted in five consecutive matches at the end of 2001/02.
It wasn’t just about quantity though, Dennis Bergkamp’s effort against Newcastle in March 2002 – which won the Goal of the Season Award – was among them.
All stats correct to April 10, 2012. Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme. To subscribe, or buy online, click here.