This week our statistician Josh James looks at the facts and figures around Arsenal’s 400 Premier League wins so far.
The 3-0 victory over West Brom at the weekend was Arsenal’s 400th win in Premier League history.
The top flight in English football was revamped for the 1992/93 season, and since then only Manchester United have won more league matches.
The Gunners’ first ever win in the Premier League came in their third game, having lost 4-2 at home to Norwich on the opening day of the 1992/93 campaign, then suffering a 1-0 reverse at Blackburn.
The following Sunday George Graham’s men travelled to Anfield to take on Liverpool, and came away with a 2-0 win thanks to second-half goals from Anders Limpar and Ian Wright. The Arsenal team that day was: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Hillier, Pates, Adams, Jensen, Wright, Campbell, Parlour, Limpar (Merson).
The Gunners also won their next two games and ended with 15 in all that inaugural season, finishing 10th. The cups were the source of success that term - Arsenal became the first side ever to win both domestic cups in the same season.
The Gunners have upped their winning rate since 1992/93 and have won an average of 20.7 Premier League games per full season. The average is 22.3 victories per full league campaign under Arsène Wenger (there were 42 games per season in the first three years of the Premier League). The most wins in a campaign for Arsenal is 26 - recorded in each of the 2002 and 2004 title-winning successes.
The most common winning scoreline during the Premier League era, perhaps appropriately enough, has been 1-0 to the Arsenal. Exactly 20 per cent of the wins (80) have been settled in this manner, with another 82 games won by various other scorelines with a one-goal advantage.
That means more than half of the victories (60 per cent) have been by more than one goal, while 12 per cent (47 games) have been won by a margin of four goals or more.
Saturday’s victory over West Brom was the ninth 3-0 win in the past 40 league triumphs, making it the most common scoreline over the past two and a half seasons.
The biggest win for the Club in Premier League history is 7-0, which has been achieved twice. The first was at home to Everton on May 11, 2005 (the last time the Club ever wore the famous red and white kit at Highbury). The other occasion came the following season at home to Middlesbrough on January 14, 2006. Johan Djourou made his league debut that day.
Arsenal are currently on a four-game winning streak in the league, that’s already better than the longest winning streak the team managed last season. History tells us that in every season Arsenal have managed nine or more straight league wins, they have gone on to win the title.
The most Premier League games Arsenal have won consecutively is 14 - a record not only for the Premier League but all of English league football. The team achieved this between February 10, 2002 and August 18 of that year.
The run of games included some famous Gunners goals such as Dennis Bergkamp’s memorable effort against Newcastle, Robert Pires’s lob at Villa Park, Lauren’s late penalty to win the North London derby at Highbury and Sylvain Wiltord’s title-clincher at Old Trafford.
The full details of the winning streak are as follows:
|Feb 10, 2002||Everton 0, Arsenal 1|
|Feb 23, 2002||Arsenal 4, Fulham 1|
|Mar 2, 2002||Newcastle United 0, Arsenal 2|
|Mar 5, 2002||Arsenal 1, Derby County 0|
|Mar 17, 2002||Aston Villa 1, Arsenal 2|
|Mar 30, 2002||Arsenal 3, Sunderland 0|
|April 1, 2002
||Charlton 0, Arsenal 3|
|Apr 6, 2002
||Arsenal 2, Tottenham 1|
|Apr 21, 2002||Arsenal 2, Ipswich Town 0|
|Apr 24, 2002
||Arsenal 2, West Ham United 0|
|Apr 29, 2002
||Bolton 0, Arsenal 2|
|May 8, 2002
||Manchester United 0, Arsenal 1|
|May 11, 2002||Arsenal 4, Everton 3|
|Aug 18, 2002
||Arsenal 2, Birmingham 0|
Looking at the all-time league record, Saturday's win over West Brom means that Arsenal have overtaken Everton and moved into second place for all-time top-flight league victories (1,721 to 1,720), having played 383 fewer games.
Prior to the founding of the Premier League, Arsenal had played 3,096 top-flight matches, winning 1,321. That’s a win percentage of 42.7 per cent, compared to 53.7 during the Premier League era. This is Arsenal’s 86th consecutive season in the top division -– an English football record. It is also our 95th overall season at this level - only Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa have played more.
|West Ham United||616||202|
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