An in-depth look at how Emery has performed compared to Arsene Wenger, George Graham and co
Another insipid performance saw the Gunners limp to an uninspiring 1-1 draw away at Vitoria in the Europa League on Wednesday afternoon.
The draw in Portugal it was the fourth consecutive match in which Arsenal have thrown away a lead from a winning position.
A large number of supporters on social media are calling for Emery’s head and are desperate for the Arsenal hierarchy to make a change sooner rather than later following a torrid run of form since April.
But how does the Spaniard compare to previous managers at the club? Would it be jumping the gun to sack him now?
Emery vs the rest
The numbers show that of all Arsenal’s permanent managers in recent history, Emery has the joint highest winning record, alongside Arsene Wenger.
Emery has won 43 of his first 75 games in charge of the club at a win ratio of 57.33% – exactly the same as Wenger’s record.
You have to go all the way back to 1934 to find a manager who has won a larger proportion of matches during their reign.
Joe Shaw recorded victory in 14 of his 23 games during a short spell as boss between January and May of that year at a winning rate of 60.87%.
George Graham has the next highest winning percentage after Emery and Wenger at 48.91%, coming out on top in 225 of his 460 games.
However, the rate at which Emery loses games (24%) is higher than Wenger, Bruce Rioch and Graham.
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While Emery has matched Wenger for his win ratio in all competitions, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Frenchman spent the majority of his 22 years challenging in the Champions League, meaning the quality of opposition would have been tougher in those games.
Since Emery has been at the club, Arsenal have been playing in the Europa League – the second-tier European competition.
So Emery’s on a par for number of wins across the board in comparison to Wenger, but it’s in the Premier League where he’s struggling.
Wenger boasted a win ratio of 57.54% in the league, while Emery has won less frequently at a rate of 51.02%.
His league loss percentage is also far higher than Wenger’s at 24.48% compared to 18.35%.
Emery has started better than Wenger did
When looking at the performance of both managers during their start to life at Arsenal, Emery comes out on top over Wenger.
In his first 75 matches in all competitions, Emery has won 43 games, compared to Wenger’s 33 victories, although Arsenal’s current boss has lost three more games in that time than the previous one.
Emery’s record in his first 49 Premier League games is also slightly better than Wenger’s opening 49 fixtures.
He’s won 25 games at a rate of 51% compared to Wenger’s 23 victories at a rate of 46.94%.
It’s worth noting, though, that Wenger then went on to win his next 10 games following the first 49 matches, securing the 1997/98 league title in the process and showing a clear sign of improvement in the side.
And that is where the biggest problem lies for Unai Emery – the form has dropped drastically in the last seven months and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better.
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Arsenal travel to the in-form Leicester – who currently sit third, six points above the Gunners in the table – on Saturday evening (November 9).
It feels like a crucial game for Emery and one which could potentially determine whether he keeps his job.
Slipping further behind in the race for the top four really isn’t an option and if Arsenal were to suffer defeat at the King Power Stadium, it would leave Emery’s side languishing nine points behind the Champions League places should fourth-placed Chelsea pick up another victory at home to Palace.
The pressure is very much on and while a win wouldn’t appease the whole fan base, given the such poor nature of recent performances, it might just buy Emery a bit more time to try and turn it around.
His overall record as Arsenal manager suggests he’s not doing too bad a job – but it’s the current situation that is going against him.
A lack of improvement since the beginning of this season and unrest in the dressing room means Emery really needs to start producing results.
And those results need to start right now.
Lose at Leicester and just 18 months after we said ‘Merci Arsene’, it could well be gracias Unai and adios.