Arsenal have lost each of their first two Premier League games of the new season. Brentford and Chelsea both managed to get the better of the Gunners, and that has left us in a terrible position ahead of this weekend’s game.
To make things worse, we failed to score in either game. That makes this our worst start to a league season in our entire history as a football club. (Opta)
Mikel Arteta couldn’t possibly be under more pressure now. Our emphatic 6-0 win in the Carabao Cup is a positive, but a quick look at history could also help Arsenal gain a ton of confidence ahead of our upcoming Premier League games.
What happened the last time Arsenal lost their first two Premier League games
Arsenal have only started a new Premier League season with back-to-back defeats on two other occasions. It first happened in the 1992/93 campaign, but the latest one came in 2018/19, Unai Emery’s first season in charge.
The Gunners faced Manchester City at home and Chelsea away in our first two games. Pep Guardiola’s side battered us 3-0 before the Blues picked up a 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge on the 18th of August, 2018.
Arsenal fans were really concerned at that point. We all knew things would be difficult after Arsene Wenger’s departure, but to begin the season with back-to-back defeats struck fear in supporters’ hearts. However, something amazing happened after that.
Emery’s Arsenal went on an incredible 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions. We won 11 games in a row as well in that run before picking up a fantastic 4-2 victory against Tottenham, which is arguably the Spaniard’s highlight as Gunners boss.
Arsenal’s third defeat of the season only came in mid-December, when we lost 3-2 to Southampton at the St Mary’s. Our results in the second half of the campaign weren’t great, but our 22-game unbeaten run shows just how quickly things can change in football.
Our current Premier League form really is awful, but history shows we can turn it around. If Arteta can replicate what his predecessor did three years ago, Arsenal will surely be back among the top, but with a trip to Manchester City coming up, it’s easier said than done.