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).

Champions League score predictions: Round of 16

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The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League is finally back as the Round of 16 kicks off this week and two of the four Premier League clubs are in action.

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, the two finalists from last season, are first up and both will be happy enough with their draws in the last 16.

That said, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool know that Diego Simeone’s Atleti are a very dangerous team to play as they will scrap and battle for every ball against the reigning European champions. As for Spurs and Jose Mourinho, the news that Heung-min Son has broken his arm and could be out for the rest of the season is a huge blow but they host an inconsistent RB Leipzig.

Borussia Dortmund host Paris Saint-Germain and Atalanta host Valencia in the other last 16 ties this week and both should be cracking encounters between two very evenly-matched teams.

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Next week the other four last 16 first legs take place as Man City and Chelsea are in action against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively. Out of the four Premier League teams still in the competition, Liverpool and Spurs will be the most confident of advancing.

Below we predict the scores for the UCL round of 16 games taking place over the next two days. Feel free to make your own predictions in the comments section below, too.


Tuesday
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Liverpool
Borussia Dortmund 3-2 PSG

Wednesday
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 RB Leipzig
Atalanta 2-1 Valencia

Lampard issues Chelsea injury update; Pulisic remains out

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard issued a lengthy injury update after their 2-0 defeat against Man United and USMNT fans will not be happy to hear that Christian Pulisic remains out.

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Ahead of Chelsea’s pivotal top four clash at home against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), Lampard could be without as many as five key players.

Andreas Christensen broke his nose and came off at half time against United, while N’Golo Kante was subbed off early after yet another leg injury for the French superstar.

“Callum, no. Pulisic, no. N’Golo, no, from that today. Tammy is a maybe. It is not going our way with injuries at the moment but the players who come in they have to show that. That is what the squad is there for. It is frustrating,” Lampard told Chelsea TV when asked about availability for Saturday.

Lampard then gave an extra update on Kante, who walked through the mixed zone after the game looking okay and told the French journalists who were assembled that it wasn’t too bad.

“It is an adductor injury,” Lampard confirmed. “We will have to assess it and scan it. It doesn’t look great. It is on the same leg [as he injured before].”

With four wins in their last 14 Premier League games Chelsea are not in good form and are just one point ahead of fifth-place Tottenham ahead of their game this weekend.

They also have a nasty habit of dominating matches but are failing to put multiple chances away and with these injuries piling up it certainly makes Chelsea’s decision to not spend in the January window to strengthen their squad, especially in terms of strikers, very surprising.

With Bayern Munich coming up in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie next week, Lampard will hope Chelsea’s luck turns and plenty of players return from injury.

FC Cincinnati coach Jans resigns amid investigation over remarks

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CINCINNATI — FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans resigned amid an investigation by Major League Soccer of his use of a racial slur in the locker room.

Jans resigned late Monday, FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding said: “The club had suspended Jans pending the investigation, which was prompted by a complaint from the MLS Players Association.

“As Major League Soccer’s investigation unfolded and some themes emerged, Ron offered his resignation and we agreed that it was the best course of action for everyone involved with FC Cincinnati,” Berding said.

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The club designated Yoann Damet as interim head coach while the team conducts a search. Cincinnati is training in Florida for its second season in MLS.

Cincinnati has been through two head coaches during its brief stay in the league. It fired Alan Koch after its 11th first-tier match, which left the expansion club with two wins, seven losses and two draws.

Damet also was the interim head coach while the team conducted a search that resulted in Jans’ hiring last August.

Cincinnati finished with the worst record in MLS in its inaugural season, with six wins, six draws and 22 losses. It scored a league-low 31 goals in 34 matches.

Cincinnati gained entry into MLS after a successful debut under Koch, who led the team to the semifinals of the United Soccer League’s playoffs in both 2017 and 2018.

German fans turn on fellow supporter for racist abuse

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BERLIN — The fans of German soccer club Preußen Münster showed how racist abuse can be handled, shouting “Nazis out! Nazis out!” after one of their own fans targeted a visiting player with monkey chants.

The perpetrator was a 29-year-old man who was forced out of the stadium. And the player, Würzburger Kickers defender Leroy Kwadwo, thanked the opposing fans their “exemplary” reaction.

“I was racially abused by one single spectator. It just makes me sad,” Kwadwo wrote on Saturday, a day after the match. “I indeed have a different skin color, but I was born here in this wonderful land that has given my family and I so much and made so much possible. I am one of you. I live here and can live my calling as a professional with the Würzburger Kickers.

“Something like yesterday just makes me sad and angry because everyone has to know, racism does not belong in OUR world. We all have the opportunity to oppose it and stop it if it happens.”

The incident occurred during a third-division match in Münster.

On Monday, Münster said it would seek to ban the suspect from all German stadiums for three years, the toughest possible sanction permitted under current regulations.

“The least we an do is ensure that this person is no longer allowed in our stadium,” Münster president Christoph Strässer said. “We will not tolerate racism or any form of discrimination. The issue of integration is naturally important to us as a sports club, and Article 1 of the constitution applies primarily, namely: Human dignity is sacrosanct. That goes for everyone in this country.”

The perpetrator also faces legal consequences. Local police said the man would be charged with incitement, which can lead to financial penalties and a jail term of three months to five years if convicted.

Referee Katrin Rafalski stopped the 0-0 draw in the 88th minute after being informed of the racist abuse by Kwadwo. It was followed by a stadium announcement against the abuse and the “Nazis out!” chants from the fans.

The German soccer federation praised the fans’ reaction on Twitter on Saturday.

“So sad and shameful as the racist incident against Leroy Kwadwo was, so exemplary was the immediate reaction to it,” the federation said. “The third division stands together and says, no to racism and discrimination!”

The incident occurred only days after Bundesliga club Schalke was fined 50,000 euros ($54,600) after some of its fans subjected Hertha Berlin player Jordan Torunarigha to racist abuse during a German Cup game on Feb. 4.

Torunarigha, the son of former Nigerian player Ojokojo Torunarigha, was targeted with monkey chants and was eventually sent off in extra time when he picked up a second yellow card after appearing increasingly upset as the game went on. The 22-year-old German defender was consoled by Schalke’s Amine Harit.

Numerous other racist incidents have tarnished European soccer this season.

On Sunday in Portugal, Porto striker Moussa Marega was visibly angered by monkey noises targeting him after he scored his team’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Guimarães. Several Porto and opposition players attempted to dissuade him from walking off the field in the 71st minute, when he demanded to be substituted.