Stats behind Wenger’s time at Arsenal

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When you manage for nearly 22 years, you’re sure to accumulate numerous statistical milestones.

Arsene Wenger holds the record for most Premier League games managed (823), FA Cups won (7) and of course, his incredible run of 49 games without defeat with the 2003/2004 Arsenal invincibles team.

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Our friends at Opta have put together some statistics together on Wenger’s achievements over his time at the club that spans three decades.

Arsene Wenger’s Career (as of April 20, 2018)

Titles

Premier League 🏆🏆🏆

FA Cup 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

Community Shield 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆


Games Managed

Premier League – 823 games, 473 wins, 199 draws, 151 losses, 57.5% winning percentage

UEFA Champions League – 177 games, 83 wins, 41 draws, 53 losses

FA Cup – 109 games, 73 wins, 22 draws, 14 losses

League Cup – 73 games, 42 wins, 9 draws, 22 losses

UEFA Cup/Europa League – 23 games, 14 wins, 5 draws, 4 losses

UEFA Champions League qualifying – 14 games, 13 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses

Community Shield – 9 games, 6 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss


Final league position at Arsenal

Position – Times
First – 3
Second – 6
Third – 5
Fourth – 6
Fifth – 1


Wenger’s first/last 10 years

1996-97 to 2005-06 – 11 trophies, 556 games, 320 wins, 137 draws, 99 losses, 1005 goals scored, 507 goals allowed,  57.6% win percentage, 1.81 goals scored per game, 0.91 goals allowed per game

2006-07 to Present – 6 trophies, 672 games, 384 wins, 143 draws, 146 defeats, 1280 goals scored, 712 goals allowed,  57.1% winning percentage, 1.90 goals scored per game, 1.06 goals allowed per game


Goals Scored Under Wenger

Premier League – 1549 goals for, 801 goals against
Champions League – 311 goals for, 208 goals against
FA Cup – 214 goals for, 88 goals against
League Cup – 144 goals for, 95 goals against
Community Shield – 16 goals for, 6 goals against

Most goals for Arsenal under Wenger

Player Goals
Thierry Henry 228
Robin Van Persie 132
Theo Walcott 108
Olivier Giroud 105
Dennis Bergkamp 102
Robert Pires 84
Alexis Sanchez 80
Freddie Ljungberg 72
Emmanuel Adebayor 62
Cesc Fabregas 57


His first official game was on 12 October 1996 – Arsenal won 2-0 against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park courtesy of a brace from Ian Wright.

His biggest win(s): 7-0 v Everton (May 2005), 7-0 v Middlesbrough (January 2006), 7-0 v Slavia Prague (October 2007).

His biggest defeat(s): 8-2 v Man Utd (August 2011), 6-0 v Chelsea (March 2014) in his 1000th game in charge.

65% of Arsenal’s trophies under Wenger were picked up in the Frenchman’s first 10 years at the club (11 out of 17).

All three Premier League titles under Wenger came in his opening eight years at the club (1998, 2002, 2004).

Arsene Wenger has won the FA Cup seven times, more than any other manager in history.

Arsenal won the title in 2004 going through the entitre season unbeaten, a feat unmatched in the Premier League era.
Preston North End also went the season unbeaten in 1888/89, although they played 22 league games that season compared to Arsenal’s 38.

Under Wenger, Arsenal went a record 49 consecutive top-flight league games unbeaten from May 2003 to October 2004, breaking Nottingham Forest’s previous record of 42 set between November 1977 and November 1978 under Brian Clough.


Wenger at Highbury/Emirates

Stadium G W D L GF GA Win % GF/game GA/game
Highbury 265 186 53 26 574 218 70.2% 2.17 0.82
Emirates 333 226 65 42 709 264 67.9% 2.13 0.79


Record in finals with Arsenal

Date Competition Opponent For Against Result
16/05/1998 FA Cup Newcastle United 2 0 W
17/05/2000 UEFA Cup Galatasaray 0 0 D *Lost 1-4 on Pens
12/05/2001 FA Cup Liverpool 1 2 L
04/05/2002 FA Cup Chelsea 2 0 W
17/05/2003 FA Cup Southampton 1 0 W
21/05/2005 FA Cup Manchester United 0 0 D *Won 5-4 on Pens
17/05/2006 Champions League Barcelona 1 2 L
25/02/2007 League Cup Chelsea 1 2 L
27/02/2011 League Cup Birmingham City 1 2 L
17/05/2014 FA Cup Hull City 3 2 W
5/30/2015 FA Cup Aston Villa 4 0 W
5/27/2017 FA Cup Chelsea 2 1 W
2/25/2018 League Cup Manchester City 0 3 L

Wenger has won seven of his 13 finals as Arsenal manager, including one on penalties (2005 FA Cup final).


Most Premier League games as manager

Manager G W D L Win %
Arsène Wenger 823 473 199 151 57.5
Alex Ferguson 810 528 168 114 65.2
Harry Redknapp 641 236 167 238 36.8
David Moyes 521 202 143 176 38.8
Sam Allardyce 508 172 137 199 33.9
Mark Hughes 448 155 120 173 34.6
Steve Bruce 392 110 109 173 28.1
Martin O’Neill 359 130 115 114 36.2
Alan Curbishley 328 108 85 135 32.9
Tony Pulis 322 98 93 131 30.4

Arsene Wenger has taken charge of more Premier League games than any other manager in the competition (since 1992).

Wenger has taken charge of 526 more Premier League games than any other non-British/Irish manager (Rafael Benitez, 297).

Bolt unlikely to agree to terms with Australian club

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Usain Bolt’s search for a professional contract may go on a bit longer.

According to the Central Coast Mariners, the Australian club he’s been training with, they have extended Bolt a contract, but conceded a deal is “unlikely” “without the financial contribution of an external third-party,”

Reports across Europe state that Bolt is looking for a $3 million contract from any team he signs with, and the Mariners appear unable to meet those demands. “We are looking at ways to do this as the club does not have the luxury to be able to do this in the Hyundai A-League,” the club said in a statement. According to a report by the Guardian, the Australian football governing body has contributed $100,000 from its marketing fund for the contract, but would add no more than that.

Bolt scored twice in a friendly last week, and he’s been training with the club for the past few weeks, but the club announced that while talks are ongoing, Bolt will not travel with the team or attend training “to ensure that there is no distraction to the Hyundai A-League squad in preparing for this weekend’s match versus Melbourne City.”

The A-League side said in the statement that while Bolt is improving, the former sprinter requires further training to become a viable professional player. “Usain has made great progression during his time on the Central Coast and we feel that he will improve further with more individual intensive training and competitive game time.”

However, the club’s head coach wasn’t so complimentary. “Do you think he’ll get in our front three? We’ve got a very good front third,” Mike Mulvey said. Central Coast sports former Leeds United, Fulham, and Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack up front, alongside 26-year-old Australian international Tommy Oar and 24-year-old Connor Pain who has one cap for the international side.

Bolt doesn’t exactly have a ton of time to improve his game, already at 32 years of age and with a full Olympic-medal-winning professional sprinting career on his legs.

Man United hosts Juventus to headline Champions League Tuesday

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The stars align at Old Trafford on Tuesday as Manchester United hosts Juventus at the forefront of the Champions League slate.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to face his old club and his old manager, while Paul Pogba also takes on his former team as the top spot in Group H is on the line. Ronaldo is back in Champions League action since September 19 when he was controversially sent off, earning a one-match suspension he served in a 3-0 win over Young Boys.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho told the players after throwing away a late lead against Chelsea to “use the anger to motivate ourselves to play a big match.” They’ll take on a Juventus team that’s slightly banged up, missing Mario Mandzukic, Emre Can and Sami Khedira all out injured. Manchester United also has its own issues, with Alexis Sanchez unavailable with Mourinho confirming he’s “not fit” although no other injury information was given.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Manchester City travels east to take on Ukranian club Shakhtar Donetsk. Group F is crowded through two matches, with City in second a point behind Olympique Lyon at the top. Kevin De Bruyne is in the squad after returning from injury over the weekend, coming off the bench for 32 minutes of Premier League play against Burnley. They’ll look to attack a Shakhtar defense that choked away a 2-0 lead against Lyon last time out. City has Kyle Walker available as well, announced as part of the matchday squad.

Bayern Munich visits AEK Athens having returned to winning ways over the weekend with a 3-1 victory over Wolfsburg. It’s a welcome sight for Niko Kovac, who was under fire for a terrible stretch of games, but now the Bavarians have a positive result to take with them on the road. Robert Lewandowski and James Rodriguez were both on the scoresheet, with the Polish international grabbing a brace.

Ajax takes on Benfica in Amsterdam as the Dutch side looks to extend its lead at the top of Group E. They’re tied with Bayern on points, but hold a slightly superior goal differential. Since falling to PSV Eindhoven in Eredivisie play, they have blown out Fortuna Sittard, AZ Alkmaar, and Heerenveen 11-0 over their last three games. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar already has 10 goals this season across all competitions, and former Southampton attacker Dusan Tadic is right behind him with 9.

Real Madrid has its best chance to turn around the poor run of play as they host Czech club Viktoria Plzen. Madrid has not won since September 22, a run of five matches that consists of four defeats. The club broke a scoreless streak of over 450 minutes last time out in a 2-1 loss to Levante, but the pressure has only increased on head coach Julen Lopetegui.

Other matches

Young Boys vs Valencia
AS Roma vs CSKA Moscow
Hoffenheim vs Lyon

Puel, Schmeichel fume at referee after Leicester loss to Arsenal

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While the world looked on at the performance by Mesut Ozil in awe, Leicester City manager Claude Puel and Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel were left stewing after the match at a first-half decision which they believed changed the game completely.

Had the referee awarded a penalty for a Rob Holding handball in the first half with Leicester City up 1-0, the game would likely have turned out very differently. Holding, already on a yellow card, would have likely been sent off and Leicester City would have a chance from the spot to go up 2-0.

“I think [the first half was] our best half since the beginning of the season,” Puel said after the match. “We deserved to score more goals and make the difference in the first half. I didn’t understand why the referee didn’t whistle for the penalty, because in this moment it was a penalty, it was a second yellow card and so a sending off for the Arsenal player. This situation can change the finality of the game.”

Puel said that once the call was not made, and Arsenal was able to equalize before the break, Leicester City’s level of play dropped enough for the Gunners to pounce.

“I regret a little our beginning of the second half. We lost a lot of balls and we gave them the ball too easily to put us under pressure, but we have had the chances to score and to be leading in the game with the header from Ndidi. A lot of regret in this game because we showed a lot of quality and we were not lucky with the refereeing decision.”

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was in agreement with his manager about the key first-half decision. “We got no help from the official,” Schmeichel said. “I’ve never seen a clearer penalty. It’s tough to take because we were so good in the first half but in the second we’ve got to do a lot better than we did.”

At halftime, the replay showed the ball clearly hitting Holding’s forearm while above his head. However, the NBC studio crew argued that the penalty was not called because Holding’s arm was hit into the ball by the Leicester City attacker who attempted a header, and that although his arm was above his head, it was not in an unnatural position due to the natural human instinct to balance the body while jumping into the air.

Emery still searching for improvement after Arsenal win

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Arsenal won its 10th match in a row across all competitions with a 3-1 victory over Leicester City, with Mesut Ozil playing the starring role.

Still, Unai Emery isn’t fully pleased with the performance.

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Arsenal fell behind 1-0 thanks to a Hector Bellerin own-goal, and the Gunners boss is concerned about his assessment of the 90 minute performance. “Different halves, every match is difficult,” Emery said after the match. “First half we didn’t control the match with possession and positioning.”

Ben Chillwell got behind Bellerin and sent in a cross to the middle of the box, to which goalkeeper Bernd Leno reacted, but the cross clipped off Bellerin’s foot and past the wrong-footed goalkeeper. Arsenal responded with a 3-goal wave, as Ozil scored the first and set the next two up in brilliant fashion.

“We are happy because we are progressing. We need to play with organization but also with heart. We are beginning to play with heart. When you continue to improve your demands are very high. We need to control the matches more than we are doing now.”

The win pushed the Gunners to fourth in the Premier League table, above rivals Tottenham on goal differential. Emery said in order to have success long-term and maintain their Champions League positioning, the players need to be flexible.

“First half we didn’t play well but then we played with quality and heart. This feeling together is very good. We need the number 10 position sometimes with Mesut Ozil and sometimes with Aaron Ramsey. We can’t play with both sometimes. Last match was away and we played it with two strikers. Today Mesut was very good but I believe in every player and different positions for the players.”