This week our statistician Josh James reflects on Arsenal's 2011/12 home record.

Arsenal have just finished their sixth season at Emirates Stadium, with a final record of P29 W20 D5 L4 F56 A24.

It's only the 11th time in history that Arsenal have won at least 20 home matches in a single campaign, and three of the previous ten occasions were also at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal won at least twice at home in each of the four competitions in 2011/12, and the final home league record was W12 D4 L3, a slight improvement on the previous season (W11 D4 L4). However, the total of 40 points earned is just below the average for an Emirates season of 41.8.

The overall win percentage at home was 69 per cent, compared to 42 per cent for away games this term. Sunday's season-ending match at West Brom will be the 25th away fixture of the campaign - four fewer than the team played at home.

On average each season, Arsenal play 28.5 games at Emirates, win 19.8 of them, score 61.3 goals and concede 20 - all figures which are similar to this year's stats.

Emirates Stadium: season by season

2011/12
P W D L F A Pts
League 19 12
4
3
39
17
40
Champions League 5 4 1
-
8
2 -
FA Cup 2
2
-
-
4
2
-
Carling Cup 3
2
-
1
5
3
-
Total 29 20 5 4 56 24 40
2010/11
P W D L F A Pts
League 19
11
4
4
33
15
37
Champions League 4 4
-
-
16
3
-
FA Cup 3
2
1
-
8
2
-
Carling Cup 2
2
-
-
5
-
-
Total 28 19 5 4 62 20 37
2009/10
P W D L F A Pts
League 19
15
2
2
48
15
47
Champions League 6
5
1
-
18
4
-
FA Cup -
-
-
-
-
-
-
Carling Cup 2
2
-
-
5
1
-
Total 28 19 5 4 62 20 47
2008/09
P W D L F A Pts
League 19
11
5
3
31
16
38
Champions League 7
5
1
1
14
3
-
FA Cup 4
4
-
-
12
2
-
Carling Cup 2
2
-
-
9
-
-
Total 32 22 6 4 66 21 38
2007/08
P W D L F A Pts
League 19 14
5
-
37
11
47
Champions League 6
4
2
-
16
2
-
FA Cup 1
1
-
-
3
-
-
Carling Cup 1
1
-
-
3
1
-
Total 28
20
8
0 59 14 47
2006/07
P W D L F A Pts
League 19
12
6
1
43
16
42
Champions League 5
3
2
0
8
3
-
FA Cup 2
0
2
0
1
1
-
Carling Cup 1
1
0
0
3
1
-
Total 27 16 10 1 55 21 42

The overall record at Emirates is now P171 W119 D37 L15, which means that the team lost fewer home matches in the six years since leaving Highbury than they did during the final six seasons at our previous home.

The comparative win average is slightly down though, with an increased number of draws (37 at Emirates to 32 at Highbury) being the main difference.

Arsenal have scored 368 goals in the six seasons at Emirates, at a rate of 2.15 per game, which is lower than the last six seasons at Highbury (2.28 goals per game). However, the defensive record has improved by more than the offensive record has deteriorated: Arsenal have conceded 0.70 goals per game at Emirates, compared to 0.89 goals per game in the final six seasons at Highbury.

Therefore, the overall goal difference at the current home is +248, whereas it was +240 at Highbury between 2000 and 2006.

All-time Emirates Stadium record
P W D L F A Pts
League 114 75 26 13 231 90 251
Champions League 33 25 7 1 80 17 -
FA Cup 12 9 3 0 28 7 -
Carling Cup 12 10 1 1 29 6 -
Total 171 119 37 15 368 120 251
Highbury v Emirates (all competitions)
P W D L F A Win%
Last six seasons
at Highbury
172 124 32 16 393 153 72.1%
First six seasons
at Emirates Stadium
171 119 37 15 368 120 69.6%

There have been some truly memorable moments at Emirates Stadium this season. The milestones started arriving from the very first game - the win over Udinese on August 16 was the 100th all-time victory at the stadium.

The following month Robin van Persie scored twice in the 3-0 win over Bolton to earn his place in the '100 Club' and in October the 100th league match at Emirates was a 3-1 win over Stoke, which also brought up the 200th league goal.

The Club celebrated its 125th anniversary against Everton on December 10 - Van Persie again proving the man for the big occasion, scoring the only goal of the game with a superb volley.

In January Thierry Henry marked his Arsenal comeback in sensational style, scoring the goal to knock Leeds out of the FA Cup. It was his 227th goal for the Club overall, but only his eighth at Emirates Stadium, and his first there for five years.

Henry scored again as Arsenal recorded their biggest ever Premier League win at Emirates on February 4 - a 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn in which Van Persie scored the stadium's seventh hat-trick.

Five times during the season Arsenal came from behind to win at home, and twice they came back to draw.

Arsenal's 56 goals were shared between 16 different players (there were no own goals in the Gunners' favour) and not one penalty was awarded to the hosts in the Premier League (there were however, two successfully-converted spot kicks in the FA Cup and one in the Champions League).

Van Persie top scored with 22 goals (39.3 per cent of the total) and is the overall top scorer at the venue with 67.

Eight players celebrated their first ever Emirates goals during 2011/12 to take the total number of Arsenal goalscorers at the venue to 44.

Norwich became the 64th different opposition to play at Emirates in a competitive match.

In the 29 games this season, Arsenal attacked the south end in the first half 26 times (89.7 per cent) failing to win any of the three games in which they attacked the North Bank first (Liverpool 0-2, Wigan 1-2, Chelsea 0-0).

The average attendance this season was 59,315 with a total of 1,720,135 through the Emirates turnstiles.

Emirates Goalscorers

Compared to previous home seasons throughout Arsenal's history, 2011/12 was above average.

During the Highbury era, Arsenal took an average of 1.99 points* per home game in the league - this season it was 2.11. The overall win average from the 82 seasons at Highbury was 59.5 per cent, compared to 69 per cent at Emirates this season.

There have been just two seasons since 1913 (when Arsenal moved to Highbury) in which the team has remained unbeaten in all competitions throughout an entire home season. The first was in 1980/81, and then again in 2007/08. In addition there have been only five further seasons in which the team suffered just one loss.

Perhaps the surprising thing about those seven seasons with the fewest homes defeats is that only two of them (1970/71 and 1990/91) resulted in trophies for the team.

So just how crucial is a strong home campaign in order to win the league? Well, on average, Arsenal earn an extra half a point per home game during title-winning seasons as compared to non-title campaigns.

There have been 88 league seasons at Highbury and Emirates Stadium, and 13 of those have resulted in the championship being lifted. The average points per game haul in such seasons (using three points for a win) is 2.33, compared to 1.86 per game for the 75 non-title seasons.

Arsenal have never won the league having lost more than four home games, and have always won at least 10. However what's most striking perhaps is the number of draws. This is usually much lower in title seasons (average of 3.8) than other seasons (5.2), underlining the importance of converting one point into three.

Home campaigns in title-winning seasons (league only)
Season P W D L F A Pts*/game
1930/31 21 14 5 2 67 27 2.24
1932/33 21 14 3 4 70 27 2.14
1933/34 21 15 4 2 45 19 2.33
1934/35 21 15 4 2 74 17 2.33
1937/38 21 15 4 2 52 16 2.33
1947/48 21 15 3 3 56 15 2.29
1952/53 21 15 3 3 60 30 2.29
1970/71 21 18 3 0 41 6 2.71
1988/89 19 10 6 3 35 19 1.89
1990/91 19 15 4 0 51 10 2.58
1997/98 19 15 2 2 43 10 2.47
2001/02 19 12 4 3 42 25 2.11
2003/04 19 15 4 0 40 14 2.58
Total 263 188 49 26 676 235 2.33

* Using three points for a win

Home league record (since 1913)
P W D L F A Pts/game
1803 1055 439 309 3603 1782 2
One or fewer home defeats in a season (all competitions)
Season P W D L F A
1936/37 22 11 10 1 48 20
1951/52 22 14 7 1 58 30
1970/71 29 25 3 1 59 11
1980/81 22 14 8 0 39 18
1990/91 25 18 6 1 58 16
2006/07 27 16 10 1 55 21
2007/08 28 20 8 0 59 14

Stats correct as at May 9, 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 9 May 2012