Comparing Arsenal’s defensive record under Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta

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While Arsenal‘s leaky defence has been a problem in recent years, Mikel Arteta has tried to address the issue since replacing Unai Emery in 2019. 

Emery was sacked by the Gunners after a poor start to his second season, with their vulnerable defence being one of his biggest problems.

We’ve compared Arsenal’s defensive stats under Arteta and compared it with their record during Emery’s time in north London.

Mikel Arteta

Played: 40

Goals against: 35
Goals against per game: 0.87

Shots against: 498
Shots against per game: 12.45

Clean sheets: 16

READ: What 11 ex-players and pundits have said about Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal

Unai Emery

Played: 78

Goals against: 100
Goals against per game: 1.28

Shots against: 1,031
Shots against per game: 13.21

Clean sheets: 23

These stats don’t take into account the quality of the opposition or a selection of other factors, but the Gunners’ defensive record has definitely improved under Arteta.

Arsenal concede fewer shots and goals per game since the 38-year-old took charge and they also keep a clean sheet on a more regular basis.


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