Not many people expected Arsenal to get anything from the game against Manchester City yesterday. Pep Guardiola’s men are at their absolute best, and it really doesn’t look like they can be beaten again this term.
Last night’s defeat further dents our hopes of finishing in one of the European places. If Mikel Arteta wasn’t worried before the result, he really should be now as the stats don’t look pretty.
Here are five stats that will worry every Arsenal fan:
Terrible home form:
Arsenal have dropped 21 points at home in the Premier League this season. That is the same as we did in the whole of last term and more than every other campaign since 1997/98.
Arteta’s men have failed to score in six of our last 11 games at the Emirates as well, which is simply not good enough.
The Man City curse:
Arsenal just cannot beat Manchester City in the Premier League at the moment. We have failed to beat them in any of our last 11 league meetings. That is our worst run against any opposition this century, and we’ve only had one run worse than this in our history.
The Gunners have also failed to score in each of our last four home games against City in the Premier League. That, again, is our worst record in the Premier League, and it doesn’t look like it will get better any time soon.
Gifting an early lead
Arsenal are sadly developing a habit of gifting a goal to Manchester City very early in the game every time they come to the Emirates.
City have scored in under five minutes in four of their last six visits to the Emirates. They scored in the 14th and 15th minutes in their other two visits, and that is one of the biggest reasons why we can’t seem to get the better of them.
Doubles for everyone
Aston Villa, Wolves and Manchester City have now done the double over us this season. The 1994-95 season was the last time we had more teams (4) achieve the same feat over us, and there is a good chance we will end up setting a new record.
Four of the next five teams we face in the Premier League have already beaten us this season. We might well end up losing all of them, especially if we decide to just focus on the Europa League as it is more important.
Have we progressed since Wenger left?
There is no hiding the fact that Arsene Wenger was hounded out of the club by a small yet extremely vocal section of the fanbase. The legendary Frenchman was disrespected massively by some and stats now show just how good a job he did – even at the end of his tenure.
In Wenger’s last 101 games in charge of Arsenal, we picked up 183 points in the Premier League with a goal difference of +83. In the 101 games after he left, we’ve picked up 160 points with an underwhelming GD of +35. (Opta’s David Wall)
Yes, the circumstances are entirely different and we firmly believe that Arteta is the right man for the job.
However, this just shows that Wenger was very harshly treated by some fans as the Frenchman was never backed in the transfer windows by the Kroenkes like Unai Emery was with Nicolas Pepe and Arteta was with Thomas Partey.