- Arsenal have endured a torrid Premier League season, winning just six times
- The Gunners currently sit 10th in the top-flight, seven points off relegation zone
- Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal in November following a woeful run of form
- There are signs of improvement under Mikel Arteta but results haven’t followed
Ever since their first league defeat of the season to champions-elect Liverpool at Anfield on August 24, the Gunners have faltered week after week and arguably their top four hopes never even got going.
Arsenal have astonishingly managed just six wins in the Premier League this season, claiming just a measly 31 points from 25 matches.
Arsenal have endured a nightmare season, winning just six times in the Premier League
Mikel Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang react in dejection after their draw at Burnley
Only Watford and Norwich – both 19th and 20th respectively in the Premier League – have won fewer games than the Gunners, who are only seven points off the relegation zone despite their array of talent up top.
It is Arsenal’s lowest tally of wins for 107 years since the 1912-13 season, in which was their last campaign in their original home of Woolwich, Kent at the time, before moving to north London and Highbury.
And in that campaign, ‘Woolwich Arsenal’ ended up getting relegated for the only time in the club’s history as they picked up just 18 points to finish bottom of the English first division.
They claimed just three wins all season (two points for victory at the time), while drawing 12 and losing a massive 23 to pick up just 18 points – 10 away from safety.
The last time the Gunners had fewer points after 25 league matches was during the 1975-76 campaign.
They also won just six times in their opening 25 league games, drawing eight and losing 11 times, picking up a miserable 20 points before eventually finishing 17th with 36 points.
ARSENAL IN 2019-20
*After 25 games*
Goal difference: -2
ARSENAL IN 1912-13
*After 25 games*
Goal difference: -38
Points (two for a win): 8
The Woolwich Arsenal squad pose for a photo during their 1912-13 relegation campaign
Season at a glance
Team P GD Pts 1 Liverpool 25 45 73 2 Manchester City 25 36 51 3 Leicester City 25 28 49 4 Chelsea 25 9 41 5 Tottenham Hotspur 25 8 37 6 Sheffield United 25 3 36 7 Manchester United 25 7 35 8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 3 35 9 Everton 25 -6 33 10 Arsenal 25 -2 31 11 Burnley 25 -10 31 12 Newcastle United 25 -12 31 13 Southampton 25 -15 31 14 Crystal Palace 25 -7 30 15 Brighton and Hove Albion 25 -7 26 16 Bournemouth 25 -13 26 17 Aston Villa 25 -15 25 18 West Ham United 25 -13 24 19 Watford 25 -16 23 20 Norwich City 25 -23 18
These alarming stats will come as grim reading for Arsenal supporters, who have endured an extremely disheartening season as they continue to fall further away from the Premier League summit.
Arsenal’s six victories this season have come against Newcastle, Burnley – their opening two games of the campaign – Aston Villa, Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester United.
They also have a negative goal difference of -2 as they continue to struggle in front of goal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who sits joint-third in the Premier League goalscoring charts with 14 to his name, almost has half of Arsenal’s 32 strikes.
Unai Emery paid the price for a woeful run of form when he was sacked as manager back on November 29 after losing the faith of Arsenal supporters for his overly pragmatic approach.
Freddie Ljungberg took over on a caretaker basis on November 29 following a winelss run of seven games but his appointment couldn’t turn Arsenal’s fortunes around.
During his six games in charge, Arsenal won just once – beating West Ham 3-1 at the London Stadium – while losing at home to Brighton and being easily overcome by Manchester City 3-0.
Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal back in November following a winless run of seven games
Mikel Arteta was the man tasked with ushering in a new era at the Emirates but while there have certainly been signs of improvements, controlling the tempo of the game more and showing more solidity at the back, results have yet to follow.
Arteta’s highlight as Arsenal manager so far came when the Gunners beat United 2-0 at the Emirates on New Year’s Day thanks to goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis.
It was hoped that performance would set the blueprint going forward under Arteta but that hasn’t materialised.
The winter break comes as a blessing for Arsenal, who continue to look shot of confidence in every department.
Arteta will be desperate to return to winning ways when the Gunners’ Premier League season resumes at home to Newcastle on February 16.
The Gunners have drawn a staggering 13 games in the Premier League this campaign