The Gunners’ recent record under Unai Emery doesn’t paint a pretty picture
A 2-0 defeat away at Leicester City on Saturday evening means Arsenal have now made their worst start to a league season for 37 years.
The tally of 17 points and a -1 goal difference after the opening 12 games is the lowest return since 1982/83 when the Gunners were on 15 points at the same stage.
Arsenal also had the same number of points in the 2014/15 campaign but had a goal difference of +5.
Another disappointing result at the King Power Stadium compounded Unai Emery’s woes as a poor run of form which has carried over from the end of last season continued further.
Perhaps more alarmingly, the difference in quality of the two sides was plain for all to see, and Emery has a lot of work to do to turn things around.
Quite how he’s going to manage that when you take a look back at the last 19 Premier League games remains to be seen.
Emery has seen his side pick up just six wins in that time, with six draws and seven defeats and a goal difference of -5.
Those results have seen Arsenal gain just 24 points from the equivalent of half a league season and the projected points total doesn’t make for pretty reading.
If Arsenal were to continue in the same vein, the projected points total would be 48, with 12 wins, 12 draws, 14 defeats and a -10 goal difference.
It’s a record that certainly would not have achieved a top four finish in any of the previous Premier League seasons.
And more importantly, it would see the club languishing in mid-table or even lower.
Where would Arsenal finish in the league with that record?Embed from Getty Images
Last season, that return would’ve seen Arsenal end up in 13th place.
Meanwhile, the average finish in the Premier League with 48 points and a -10 goal difference since 2004 is 11th.
Despite the fact Arsenal are currently eight points off the Champions League places, nine points behind Leicester and Chelsea who are arguably the closest rivals for those spots, and having only recorded two wins in 10 league games (D5 L3), Emery still believes the situation can be recovered.
He told Arsenal.com: “It’s been a very equal competition with a lot of teams, but really now the difference that Chelsea and Leicester have created with us… they’ve had time to be consistent.
“The competition is 38 matches and now we are behind them with nine points difference.
“It’s good for them but we have time to achieve and recover that difference.”Embed from Getty Images
Discussing the possibility of him being replaced as head coach, Emery said: “For me, as a coach, it’s about continuing stronger and improving with our players.
“I am speaking with the club to stay calm and to stay patient to improve and recover some confidence with some circumstances.
“We have young players who are improving and growing up with us. We are receiving criticism but I know that’s my job.
“I’ve had lots of moments like that but I’ve recovered by working to get confidence, being together with the club and players.”
BY JOE HUGHES