Arsenal lost 2-0 to Chelsea at the Emirates this evening to make it two defeats in two games this season, and stats show that we’re in a really bad situation at the moment.
There was a lot of optimism going into the new campaign but that has now been shattered. Back-to-back defeats are the worst possible way to start a new season, and the numbers aren’t looking good for Mikel Arteta.
Here’s a look at three statistics that will worry every Arsenal fan…
Three extremely worrying Arsenal stats
Worst start in history
Arsenal have now started a new season with back-to-back defeats for only the third time in the Premier League era. The previous two came in the 2018/19 and 1992/93 seasons – we finished fifth and tenth respectively at the end of those campaigns.
If that stat wasn’t depressing enough, here’s another one.
Arsenal have lost both of their opening two games of a Premier League season without scoring for the first time in the history of our football club.
Arteta vs Wenger
A small yet very loud section of our fan base drove Arsene Wenger, our greatest ever manager, out of our club. We all knew things would be difficult after his departure, but to see how bad we are now is very worrying.
A small comparison between Arteta’s numbers since his appointment to Wenger’s stats in his final years at the club tells a very sad story.
The current Gunners boss has lost more Premier League home games in 20 months than Wenger did in six years as our manager. (ESPN)
Stats never really tell the full story in football, but xG gives us a very good idea. xG or Expected Goals is a statistical measurement of the quality of goalscoring chances and the likelihood of them being scored.
Since Arteta’s first Premier League game in charge of Arsenal in December 2019, our domestic opponents now have a higher expected goals return [78.9] than we do ourselves [78.2]. (Opta)
That is a woeful record to have and things only look like they’ll get worse. We head to Manchester City next in the league and history shows that our record against the defending champions is far from good, especially away from home.