Arsenal’s Premier League record after 26 games
As we can see, the stat that sticks out is that our goals against is the worst in our PL history (tied with 2011/12) and significantly higher than our average. But nothing else appears to be a big issue in comparison to previous seasons.
So we have to look elsewhere to find what it is that gives some of us concerns ……
The PL is a six horse race and we have been also-rans in the last 14 seasons, in that time Man U have won 5 titles, Chelsea 5, Man C 3 and Leicester 1. This season it will be either Man C, Liverpool, or even Spurs.
The Leicester win was a one off occurrence by an inspired team and manager – self belief was a big factor.
Man U won 5 titles in 7 seasons with Alex Ferguson as manager but has not won in the last 5.
Man C are the rich kids on the block and won their first title in 2011/12 and have since won 2 more.
Chelsea’s riches gave them their first title in 2004/05 they repeated in 2005/06 and have won 3 times since.
Liverpool and Spurs are still PL virgins and long may it last.
So all that said, what about Arsenal – if it’s not stats then what is it?
Arsene Wenger treated us to many wonderful memories, far too many to list, in his final 14 seasons he did not win the PL but did win 4 FA Cups and 4 Charity Shields.
Unai Emery took over the reins on May 23, 2018 and he has an array of achievements.
UEFA Europa League: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Ligue 1: 2017–18
Coupe de France: 2016–17, 2017–18
Coupe de la Ligue: 2016–17, 2017–18
Trophée des Champions: 2016, 2017
Miguel Muñoz Trophy (Segunda División): 2005–06, 2006–07
La Liga Manager of the Month: March 2014, January 2015
European Coach of the Season: 2013–14
UNFP Manager of the Year: 2017–18
Unai’s record as a manager
I would offer that Unai has inherited the same set of problems and issues that dogged Arsene in his final seasons.
- Injuries to key players – in key positions
- Lack of funding forcing creative purchases
- Overpaid players
- The Bosman Ruling
- Inadequate positional balance
- Over reactive supporters
Personally I’m not equipped with the knowledge to give definitive answers to these issues but one thing I do know and advocate is that Unai Emery has the future of our illustrious club in his capable hands.
He needs the support of both the management and supporters in order to achieve his goals and our dreams.
I wish him a successful and fulfilling career at Arsenal.
Give the man a chance.