Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Comparing Arteta’s first 100 games at Arsenal with Wenger’s last 100

Arsenal have gone through ups and downs over the course of Mikel Arteta’s first 100 matches in charge, but they do appear to be on the right track under the fledgling coach. 

Over this period, Arsenal have actually had better results than Arsene Wenger’s first 100 matches back in the mid-1990s, as difficult as that is to believe given the Frenchman swiftly delivered the Premier League title.

But how does Arteta’s reign so far compare to the latter years of Wenger’s time at the club? We’ve compared the Spanish manager’s first 100 games to Wenger’s last 100 – and the results are remarkably similar.

The rates of wins and defeats are almost identical. But there is a marked difference at either end of the pitch – Arteta’s Arsenal appear more defensively sound compared to the last couple of seasons under Wenger, keeping more clean sheets and keeping a lot fewer. However, Wenger’s Arsenal (between late 2016 and 2018) scored a lot more.

Here are the stats in full.

Mikel Arteta

Played: 100
Won: 54
Drawn: 20
Lost: 26

Trophies won: 2 (FA Cup, Community Shield)

Goals for: 163
Goals against: 97
Clean sheets: 38

Points per game: 1.82
Win rate: 54%
Loss rate: 26%

Goals per game: 1.63
Goals against per game: 0.97

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Arsene Wenger

Played: 100

Won: 55
Drawn: 17
Lost: 28

Trophies won: 1 (FA Cup)

Goals for: 201
Goals against: 126
Clean sheets: 33

Points per game: 1.82
Win rate: 55%
Loss rate: 28%

Goals per game: 2.01
Goals against per game: 1.26

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