This week our statistician Josh James looks at Arsenal's all-time League Cup record.
Arsenal are bidding to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup for a record-extending 10th successive season when they take on Reading on Tuesday night.
This is Arsenal's 47th League Cup campaign, and it is the 36th time they have reached the fourth round or beyond. The last time they exited the competition at this stage was in 1999/2000, and even then Arsenal only bowed out via a penalty shoot-out, following a 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough.
Indeed Arsenal were the only side to reach the last eight during every single year of Carling's sponsorship of the competition (2003/04 to 2011/12). But the fact the League Cup has a new sponsor this season also provides some positive omens - both times Arsenal have lifted the trophy were in seasons in which a new sponsor had taken over (Littlewoods Cup in 1986/87 and Coca-Cola Cup in 1992/93).
Arsenal's overall win rate in the League Cup is 58 per cent, and they score an average of 1.8 goals a game. Under Arsène Wenger the win rate is 63 per cent, with 2.1 goals a game scored. On average Arsenal play 4.5 League Cup matches per season, and score 8.3 goals. The most League Cup games played in a season was nine, in the cup-winning campaigns of 1986/87 and 1992/93.
*Includes a match lost on penalties
Should Arsenal defeat Reading at the Madejski Stadium, it will confirm their 25th overall appearance in the quarter-finals, meaning Arsenal make it through to the last eight more often than not (52 per cent so far).
Since 1996/97 all clubs participating in European competition have been awarded a bye to the third round. It means Arsenal have not been eliminated at the second-round stage since 1978/79, which was the last season before that round became a two-legged affair. The last time Arsenal were knocked out in their first game was 2002/03, when Sunderland won a third round game 3-2 at Highbury.
Arsenal are potentially two games away from reaching another semi-final, which would be their 15th overall, more than any other club in the history of the competition, which began in 1966/67.
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Three Arsenal players (Damian Martinez, Serge Gnabry and Martin Agha) made their senior debuts in the win over Coventry City in the last round, taking the total number of players to appear in the League Cup for Arsenal to 267. However of these 267, 45 (17 per cent) made just one appearance, while 101 (38 per cent) made three or fewer.
The leading appearance-maker overall is David O'Leary (70 games) while from the current squad, Johan Djourou leads the way with 21.
Of the 267 all-time League Cup players, 113 (42 per cent) have found the net at least once. Ian Wright is far and away the leading scorer with 29, only eight players reached double figures.
From the current squad Theo Walcott added two more against Coventry City to make it six overall League Cup goals for him from 15 games. His first ever Arsenal goal came in the Carling Cup Final in 2007, while other recent players who broke their Arsenal duck in the competition include Cesc Fabregas, Carlos Vela, Robin van Persie, Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju Young Park and Olivier Giroud.
Stats correct as at October 30, 2012.
Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme.30 Oct 2012