Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving Arsenal on the 20th April 2018. This after a run that saw Arsenal win just 7 of their previous 19 Premier League games.
During that period, Arsenal’s full league record was:
It was the horrendous run that led the Arsenal board (wether it be Ivan Gazidis, Raul Sanllehi or the Kroenke’s) to decide enough was enough and that Wenger was to leave at the end of the season.
At the time of the announcement, Arsenal had averaged 1.36 points a game and fallen out of contention in the race for the Champions League. We were more worried that Burnley might pip us to 6th place.
Unai Emery has now managed Arsenal for his first half of a season. We are exactly 19 games into the new era.
Emery’s record in the first 19 games reads:
That is exactly 2 points per game. Or a 46% improvement on the 19 games before Wenger announced he was leaving.
Even if you take these statistics back to Wenger’s last 19 league games – to include the last 5 games of the season – Emery has led the team to 33% more points.
Anyone that denies that we have improved, and are improving, is clearly either deluded or agenda driven.
Arsenal are currently on course to get 76 points. Last year Tottenham finished 3rd with 77 points. Liverpool 4th with 75 points
We finished 6th with 63 points. Emery has clearly improved us from the 2nd half of last season.
It may not be a big an improvement some had hoped for; and it perhaps highlights just how far we had fallen under Wenger, but we are clearly recovering.
From finishing 37 points behind Manchester City and well off the pace for the race for 4th, we now sit just 6 points behind the big spenders, and just 2 points off 4th.
There is still plenty of room for improvement, but as Liverpool are
showing; it is important to keep the faith if you believe you have recruited the right manager.
Unai Emery is the right manager.