Which teams scores the most goals against Arsenal?

WHO ARE THE TOP SCORERS AGAINST ARSENAL? 

“If you want to be the Best, you must beat the Best.”  This is definitely the century old saying for Premier League teams vying for the title. However, as the quality of Premier League teams are constantly on the rise, and with the Premier League touted as one of the best leagues around the globe, beating the best is no longer enough to land you the title. The key here is, you have the “beat the rest” too.

 

The point lost against Birmingham at St Andrews Stadium last season saw our title hopes turned downhill. Critics are labeling that match as the key turning point for our marvelous start of the season. The horrendous tacking that ended the season for Eduardo, had unsettled the nerves in the Arsenal camp, which was soon followed by 3 successive draws against Aston Villa, Boro and Wigan. How do we see a drawn game? 2 points lost or a vital point gained? Is a matter of whether the glass is half full or half empty? Last season’s home game against Aston Villa saw a morale boosting last gasp equalizer from Nicklas Bendtner in the 90th minute to steal a home draw and that managed to maintain our home record. That spelt a vital point gained instead of 2 points lost.

I shall hereby analyze which team manages to gain the most league points off Arsenal since our “Invincible” season in 2003/04 and underline the potency of teams outside the “big 4” that can derail our title hopes this season. I would only consider 2 points lost if Arsenal took the lead in the game and lost the match subsequently.  

Season                        W        D         L         Points              Final Position

2004/05                      25        8          5          83                    2nd

 

Defeats (Loss of 3 points)

Team

Score line

Date

Man U (H)

2-4

1st Feb 2005

Birmingham (A)

1-2

15th May 2005

Bolton (A)

0-1

15th Jan 2005

Liverpool (A)

1-2

28th Nov 2004

Man U (A)

0-2

24th Oct 2004

Draws (Drop of 2 points)

Team

Score line

Date

Bolton (H)

2-2 (HT:1-0)

18th Sept 2004

Chelsea (H)

2-2 (HT:2-1)

12th Dec 2004

WBA (H)

1-1 (HT:0-0)

20th Nov 2004

Crystal Palace (A)

1-1 (HT:0-0)

6th Nov 2004

Southampton (A)

1-1 (HT:0-1)

26th Feb 2005

In the 2004/05 season, after the historic Invincible season, the 49 match unbeaten run is eventually ended by an ugly Manchester United away win on 24th Oct 2004. 5 losses in that season is not helped with 5 teams managing to gain 2 points from us in that season. That underlined the key factor for the failure to retain the title.

 

Season                        W        D         L         Points              Final Position

2005/06                      20        7          11        67                    4th

 

Defeats (Loss of 3 points)

Team

Score line

Date

Chelsea (H)

0-2

18th Dec 2005

West Ham (H)

2-3

1st Feb 2006

Blackburn (A)

0-1

25th Feb 2006

Bolton (A)

0-2

3rd Dec 2005

Chelsea (A)

0-1

21st Aug 2005

Everton (A)

0-1

21st Jan 2006

Liverpool (A)

0-1

14th Feb 2006

Man U (A)

0-2

9th April 2006

Boro (A)

1-2

10th Sept 2005

WBA (A)

1-2

15th Oct 2005

Newcastle (A)

0-1

10th Dec 2005

Draws (Drop of 2 points)

Team

Score line

Date

Portsmouth (A)

1-1 (HT: 1-0)

12th April 2006

In the 2005/06 spells the start of a transition period after the departure of our midfield lynchpin in Vieira, as well as Edu. Despite the slow emergence of Fabregas, the midfield loses the guile and steel. This is reflected by the alarming 11 losses in a season, which is the heaviest defeat in a single season during Arsene’s reign. And Henry was found missing from major part of the season due to injuries. In this season, we have lost vitals points to teams outside the “Big 4” and that has cost us our title. 

Season                        W        D         L         Points              Final Position

2006/07                      19        11        8          68                    4th

 

Defeats (Loss of 3 points)

Team

Score line

Date

West Ham (H)

0-1

7th April 2007

Bolton (A)

1-3

25th Nov 2006

Fulham (A)

1-2

29th Nov 2006

Liverpool (A)

1-4

31st Mar 2007

Man City (A)

0-1

26th Aug 2006

Sheffield Utd (A)

0-1

30th Dec 2006

West Ham (A)

0-1

5th Nov 2006

Everton (A)

0-1

18th Mar 2007

Draws (Drop of 2 points)

Team

Score line

Date

Chelsea (H)

1-1 (HT:1-0)

6th May 2007

Chelsea (A)

1-1 (HT:0-0)

10th Dec 2006

The 2006/07 season saw the departure of our midfield scoring engine in Pires and the retirement of our legendary Bergkamp. Following the last season of transition period, Arsenal has yet to recover from the loss of key players in the squad, most notably Pires; followed by Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole and the long absentee in our right back, Lauren. Despite the arrival of Gallas in the part exchange, which sees Ashley Cole off to Chelsea, the gaping hole in the defense is evident by the 8 losses in that season.

Season                        W        D         L         Points              Final Position

2007/08                       24        11        3          83                    3rd

 

Defeats (Loss of 3 points)

Team

Score line

Date

Chelsea (A)

1-2

23rd Mar 2008

Man U (A)

1-2

13th April 2008

Boro (A)

1-2

9th Dec 2007

Draws (Drop of 2 points)

Team

Score line

Date

Birmingham (H)

1-1 (HT:1-0)

12th Jan 2008

Birmingham (A)

2-2 (HT:0-1)

23rd Feb 2008

Blackburn (A)

1-1 (HT:1-0)

19th Aug 2007

Newcastle (A)

1-1 (HT:1-0)

5th December 2007

Finally, the completion of the transition period saw our well-polished gems in the young squad begin to shine. Fabregas, Flamini, Hleb and Rosicky kick start our season to an excellent lead. The midfield engine is running our opponents ragged, but the lack of experience in this young squad saw the loss of nerves and direction when the going gets tough. And eventually, we missed out on the title by a mere 4 points and created the most exciting 3-team finish to the title. 

LEAGUE OF TOP SCORERS

Position

Club

Points Tally*

1

Chelsea

15

2

Manchester United

12

3

Bolton

11

4

Liverpool

9

5

West Ham

9

6

Birmingham (Championship)

7

7

Boro

6

8

Everton

6

9

Blackburn

5

10

Newcastle

5

11

WBA

5

12

Fulham

3

13

Man City

3

14

Crystal Palace (Championship)

2

15

Portsmouth

2

16

Southampton (Championship)

2

            *3-points loss in defeats & 2 points loss in draw match where Arsenal lost the lead.

So here we are, the League of Top Scorers against Arsenal in the past 4 seasons. No surprises here as Chelsea emerged top in this league by scoring vital wins and securing last ditch equalizers. Among the big 4 are Manchester United and Liverpool, occupying the 2nd and 4th position in this league respectively. Hopefully the arrival of Silvestre from our greatest rivals Manchester United will see their league position in this league slip even further. and that cursed that Chelsea team to be relegated from the League of Top Scorers against Arsenal.

However, a surprising entrance in the top 4 of this league, Bolton Wanderers has managed to gain a massive 11 points from us, and maybe that explains for their continue survival in the Premier League. Arsenal seems to be the only team that Bolton managed to win points against the “Big 4” for the past seasons. Hopefully, the departure of Sam Allardyce will eventually see Bolton “relegated” from this League of Top Scorers.

Another team that deserved to be mentioned here is the Hammers. We have gifted them a total of 9 points in the past 4 seasons; especially in the 2006/07 season where they remain the only team to have manage a “double” victory against us in Home and Away fixtures. However, the departure of Alan Pardew has since saw West Ham slipped down the table. Birmingham, on the other hand, gets what they deserve when they are relegated last season. Man City, Newcastle and Boro will prove a handful with some quality signings and team rebuilding on their own.  

In this statistic, a total of 66 points are lost to teams outside the “Big 4” for the past 4 seasons is something of a concern here. However, the new season started with great optimism with an opening win against WBA. Now that Fulham have beaten us this is a potential banana skin to us, but we will survive Gooners. This Club is too great to be written off after only two games of the season. 

Whatever the solution to be found following yesterday’s loss, try to focus on the good news  Our Song is back from Olympics and we might see an “All-French” back line (Sagna, Gallas, Silvestre, Clichy) in the near future. Cheers, fellow gunners~! The future is bright~!

We can only get better, so calm down and don’t panic.

By Emmanuel.