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Behind the Numbers - 400 Premier League home games

This week our statistician Josh James looks ahead to another milestone.

On Saturday Arsenal will play their 400th home Premier League fixture, looking for their 254th win.

"The Gunners have earned 854 points from those 399 games so far"

The Gunners have earned 854 points from those 399 games so far (at 2.14 per game) which is 57.2 per cent of the total points Arsenal have taken from all 798 Premier League games so far.

Just under a third (127) of the 399 games have been played at Emirates Stadium, and 272 (68.2 per cent) at Highbury. The Gunners have a better points per game record at the current home (2.17 as opposed to 2.13) but scored more goals at Highbury (2.09 per game compared to 1.84 at Emirates). The team have also conceded goals at a marginally higher rate (0.85 per game) since the move in 2006 (0.83 previously).

Overall Arsenal have scored 802 Premier League goals at home, at a shade over two per game, and conceded 334, at 0.84 per match.

Arsenal's home Premier League record

  P W D L F A Pts PPG
Emirates Stadium 127 82 29 16 234 108 275 2.17
Highbury 272 171 66 35 568 226 579 2.13
TOTAL 399 253 95 51 802 334 854 2.14


Arsenal's home Premier League record


Arsenal's home win percentage in the Premier League era is 63.41%, making them the second strongest home team since 1992/93, behind Manchester United.

In fact Arsenal are second in many of the rankings for home performances in the Premier League, including overall wins (253) and goals scored (802).

Arsenal's first-ever Premier League home fixture was on the opening day of the 1992/93 season - August 15, 1992. That day the Gunners hosted Norwich City, but fell to a 4-2 defeat, despite leading 2-0 at half time. Steve Bould and Kevin Campbell put George Graham's side ahead, only for four Canaries strikes in the last 21 minutes to seal the points for the visitors. Arsenal's first home win in the newly-formed league arrived 11 days later - 2-0 against Oldham Athletic with Nigel Winterburn and Ian Wright on target.


Premier League home win percentages



Most home wins/goals in the Premier League


Dennis Bergkamp has played more Premier League home games for Arsenal than any other player. He turned out 168 times (all at Highbury) and scored 46 league goals on home soil. He also enjoyed more home victories than any other Arsenal player - 117, which translates into a 69.64 win percentage.

"Argentinian defender Nelson Vivas has the highest success rate at home"

Not surprisingly Thierry Henry leads the way in terms of home goals in the Premier League. He netted 120 from 136 matches, 114 of which were notched at Highbury. He remains the only player in Premier League history to score a century at a single stadium. His own win percentage was a very impressive 71.32, but even that figure is bettered by several others.

Only including players with 10 or more appearances, Argentinian defender Nelson Vivas has the highest success rate at home. He won 16 out of 19 games at Highbury (drawing the other three) for an 84.2 per cent win rate.

From the current squad, Mikel Arteta has the highest win percentage for home league games. At 72 per cent, it's better than the likes of Patrick Vieira (71.8 per cent), Cesc Fabregas (70 per cent) and Alex Song (68.7 per cent).

Incidentally, Kaba Diawara won all eight of the league games he played at home, while Mark Flatts played seven home league games without winning a single one in the early 1990s.


Most Arsenal home Premier League appearances/goals



Highest home win percentages in Premier League


Stats correct as at February 21, 2013. With thanks to Opta

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