Strange stats and obscure records broken in 22/23

Arsenal celebrate beating Fulham
Arsenal celebrate beating Fulham

In what was our best Premier League campaign in terms of points gained and goals scored, we regularly rewrote the record books and got footballing statisticians scrambling for their calculators.

We have already looked back at the numbers behind the 103 goals we netted during the campaign, plus those behind the 49 games we participated in, but there were also plenty of weird and wonderful achievements and landmarks that went under the radar.

Want to know what the longest number of passes we string together before scoring, or which player became the first full-debutant to score his first goal in our colours by netting from outside the box? You can find out those and many more interesting facts by reading on:

Record breakers and history makers

Bukayo Saka scores against Everton

Our 4-0 win against Everton saw us become the first team in English Football League history to win 100 league games against a specific opponent. We also scored 4+ goals in a match against Toffees for the 12th time in the Premier League, more than any side has done against another in the competition's history.

Aged 15 years and 181 days, Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest player in Premier League history when he came on as a substitute against Brentford in September – he was the first player to appear in the competition before turning 16.

In the 3-0 win at Fulham in March, we became the first side in English Football League history to win five consecutive London derbies away from home without conceding a goal. 

In that game at Craven Cottage, Leandro Trossard became the first player in Premier League history to assist three goals before half-time in an away match.

Back in November, we became the first side in Premier League history to win 10 away games against Chelsea.

Our 3-1 home win over the Blues saw us become the first side to reach 150 London derby wins in the Premier League.

That day also saw Gabriel Jesus set a new Premier League record for most games scored in without ever ending on the losing side (55). He has since extended that to 56 after finding the net against Wolves on the final day.

Hard to beat

Gabriel Jesus scores against Aston Villa

We won our opening five league matches, only the fourth time we've done so in a top-flight season along with 1930/31, 1947/48 and 2004/05.

Victory at Leeds saw us win as many as nine of our opening 10 games to a top-flight campaign for the first time ever.

We won 20 times in all competitions from our first 25 games, the fewest we needed to reach that tally in our history.

We claimed 16 points from losing positions, winning five and drawing one of the 12 times we found ourselves losing. Only Crystal Palace with 25 had more than us.

We only let eight points slip from winning positions, and never lost a game we were leading in. Only Manchester United and Liverpool had better records.

Club landmarks

Mikel Arteta with his Manager of the Month award for March

Mikel Arteta became the first Arsenal manager to win the Manager of the Month award four times in one season.

We made just 38 changes to our starting line-up in the Premier League, and named an unchanged side on 13 occasions - the most in our history in the competition.

Martin Odegaard scored 15 goals in the Premier League; the only central midfielder to score as many in a season for us is Cesc Fabregas in 2009/10. Our skipper also scored nine times away from home in league, the most by one of our midfielders in a single season in the competition.

Gabriel Jesus was directly involved in six goals in his first five Premier League appearances for us, a record he took from Mesut Ozil (five).

Eddie Nketiah became the second Gunner to score a 90th-minute winner against Manchester United in the Premier League, after Thierry Henry in January 2007.

Gabriel Magalhaes became the fourth outfield player to start every game in a Premier League season for us, after Paul Merson (1995/96), Lee Dixon (1995/96) and Nigel Winterburn (1996/97).

By scoring against FC Zurich in the Europa League, Marquinhos became the first player since Raphael Meade against Panathinaikos in 1981 to score on his competitive debut for us in a European game.

Individual accolades

Gabriel Martinelli celebrates against West Ham United

Gabriel Martinelli scored 15 times despite producing an XG of 9.13 across the campaign, meaning he scored nearly six more goals than he was expected to. Only Harry Kane (8.57 more) and Erling Haaland (7.34) performed better in front of goal. Martin Odegaard was ranked sixth with 5.01.

We were the only side in the Premier League to have three players record 20+ goals and assists, with Bukayo Saka (25), Martin Odegaard (22) and Gabriel Martinelli (20) hitting the feat.

No player was directly involved in more Premier League goals as a substitute than Reiss Nelson's five (3 goals, 2 assists).

Against Nottingham Forest in October, Bukayo Saka became the third-youngest player to reach 20 Premier League assists (21y 55d), behind only Cesc Fabregas (19y 352d) and Wayne Rooney (20y 300d).

Aaron Ramsdale became only the third different goalkeeper to record 10 away clean sheets in a single Premier League season, after Petr Cech (11 in 2004/05 & 10 in 2008/09) and Ederson (11 in 2018/19 & 10 in 2021/22).

Other oddities

William Saliba celebrates against Bournemouth

In August after beating Bournemouth, we ended the day top of the Premier League for the 1,000th time. That figure has now stretched to 1,236, bettered by only Manchester United and Chelsea.

In Premier League history there have been just two instances of a team scoring a 90th-minute winning goal having gone behind in the first minute, and both instances have seen us emerge victorious - against Fulham in August 2007 as well as our epic comeback against Bournemouth in March.

At Aston Villa in February we won a league game we were losing at half-time outside of London for the first time since December 2009.

The following month, against Bournemouth at home, we won a league game in which we trailed by 2+ goals for the first time since February 2012, having gone winless in 65 such games.

Of the 19 players to have scored in their first-ever Gunners start in the Premier League, Fabio Vieira was the first to have found the net from outside the box after he netted against Brentford in September.

No team produced more high turnovers than us in the Premier League, with our 388 ending in 62 shots at the opponents' goal, with nine going in.

The longest sequence of passes we strung together before scoring was the 25 before Granit Xhaka headed home against Leeds United in April - the third-highest in the division.

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