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)

TeamScore lineDate
Man U (H)2-41st Feb 2005
Birmingham (A)1-215th May 2005
Bolton (A)0-115th Jan 2005
Liverpool (A)1-228th Nov 2004
Man U (A)0-224th Oct 2004

EVERTON ARE UTTER GARBAGE NOW.

Draws (Drop of 2 points)

TeamScore lineDate
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)

TeamScore lineDate
Chelsea (H)0-218th Dec 2005
West Ham (H)2-31st Feb 2006
Blackburn (A)0-125th Feb 2006
Bolton (A)0-23rd Dec 2005
Chelsea (A)0-121st Aug 2005
Everton (A)0-121st Jan 2006
Liverpool (A)0-114th Feb 2006
Man U (A)0-29th April 2006
Boro (A)1-210th Sept 2005
WBA (A)1-215th Oct 2005
Newcastle (A)0-110th Dec 2005

Draws (Drop of 2 points)

TeamScore lineDate
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)

TeamScore lineDate
West Ham (H)0-17th April 2007
Bolton (A)1-325th Nov 2006
Fulham (A)1-229th Nov 2006
Liverpool (A)1-431st Mar 2007
Man City (A)0-126th Aug 2006
Sheffield Utd (A)0-130th Dec 2006
West Ham (A)0-15th Nov 2006
Everton (A)0-118th Mar 2007

Draws (Drop of 2 points)

TeamScore lineDate
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)

TeamScore lineDate
Chelsea (A)1-223rd Mar 2008
Man U (A)1-213th April 2008
Boro (A)1-29th Dec 2007

Draws (Drop of 2 points)

TeamScore lineDate
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.

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