This week our statistician Josh James looks at Arsenal's first 250 Premier League wins on home soil.
Arsenal recorded their 250th home Premier League win last weekend, from 394 games.
That translates to a win rate of 63.5 per cent for all home league matches since 1992/93, compared to a win rate of 43.4 per cent for away league games in the same period.
The Gunners' success rate for home top-flight matches has improved during the Premier League era. Arsenal hosted 1,548 matches in the old Division One, winning 862 at a rate of 55.7 per cent.
The record has improved further still since the move to Emirates Stadium in 2006/07. Saturday's win over West Brom was the 122nd Premier League fixture at the venue, and the 79th win there (64.8 per cent win rate). Prior to 2006/07 Arsenal played 272 Premier League games at Highbury, winning 171 at a win rate of 62.9 per cent.
The most home wins Arsenal have recorded in a single Premier League season is 15 (achieved five times) and the fewest is just six. That was in 1994/95, when the Gunners played 21 home games, rather than the 19 per season played currently.
The average number of home wins per Premier League season for Arsenal is 12.3. So far in 2012/13 Arsène Wenger's men have won 50 per cent of their eight home league games.
Perhaps fittingly '1-0 to the Arsenal' is the most common winning scoreline for home games in the Premier League. Forty-seven of the 250 wins (18.8 per cent) have been via that scoreline, with 2-1 (17.2 per cent) and 2-0 (16.4 per cent) the next most frequent winning scores.
More than half (56.8 per cent) of the wins have come without a goal being conceded. Again the stats for Emirates Stadium in this regard are better than for Highbury, with 62 per cent of Emirates wins coming with a clean sheet, as opposed to 54 per cent of Highbury wins.
The most consecutive home Premier League victories Arsenal have racked up is 13, from February 14, 2005 to December 18 of the same year.
That run also included the Club's joint-biggest home victory in the Premier League era - 7-0 against Everton on May 11, 2005. Arsenal also won by that score the following season, against Middlesbrough at Highbury.
Saturday's match was also notable for the two penalties converted by Mikel Arteta. It's only the second time in the Premier League that an Arsenal player has scored a brace from the spot in the same match.
The previous occasion was also at Emirates Stadium, when Gilberto twice converted from 12 yards in a 3-0 win over Tottenham on December 2, 2006.
Looking at all competitions, the West Brom game was the sixth since 2006/07 in which Arsenal had been awarded two penalties, and the fifth time both had been scored.
Arsenal also extended a lengthy unbeaten run of a kind in Saturday's match. Since November 2001, the Gunners have not lost a single league match in which they have scored a penalty – stretch of 49 matches.
Arsenal have been awarded three league penalties now this season, the same as last term, and have a 66 per cent conversion rate, as with last season.
Since 2002/03 Arsenal have won 60 spot kicks in the league, scoring 49 (81.7 per cent). In the past four seasons though this rate has dropped to 64.7 per cent (11 out of 17).
|02/12/2006||Tottenham||League||H||Gilbero, Gilbero||Yes, yes||3-0|
|02/01/2007||Charlton||League||H||Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie||Yes, yes||4-0|
|14/02/2007||Bolton Wanderers||FA Cup||A||Gilberto, Julio Baptista||No, no||3-1|
|21/09/2010||Tottenham||League Cup||A||Samir Nasri, Samir Nasri||Yes, yes||4-1|
|29/01/2012||Aston Villa||FA Cup||H||Robin van Persie, Robin van Persie||Yes, yes||3-2|
|08/12/2012||West Brom||League||H||Mikel Arteta, Mikel Arteta||Yes, yes||2-0|
Stats correct as at December 11, 2012.
Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme.10 Dec 2012