Arsene Wenger’s 999 Arsenal games in numbers

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This weekend Arsene Wenger takes charge of Arsenal for the 1000th time and their couldn’t be a bigger game to celebrate it as his side visit title rivals Chelsea.

Wenger was a relative unknown when he was appointed as manager on 30 September 1996, and his 2003-04 Arsenal side were named the greatest in Premier League history after going for the entire season unbeaten, leading to their nickname The Invincibles.

I look at some of the stats from his past 999 games in charge of the Gunners…

Games won – 572

Games drawn – 235

Games lost – 192

Win percentage – 57.3% (Sir Alex Ferguson win percentage in his first 1000 Manchester United games was 56.4%)

Goals scored – 1855

Top Goalscorers:

3rd – Dennis Bergkamp (107 goals)

2nd – Robin van Persie (132)

1st – Thierry Henry (228)

Thierry Henry - most goals in Wenger's Arsenal reign so far
Thierry Henry – most goals in Wenger’s Arsenal reign so far

Number of English players used – 43

Number of French players used – 24

Most used player – Patrick Viera (picked 402 times)

Most used player – Patrick Viera (picked 402 times)
Most used player – Patrick Viera (picked 402 times)

100 red cards to 50 different players (Martin Keown picked up seven and Patrick Viera picked up 10)

Premier League record – most Premier League games unbeaten – 49 games between May 2003 and October 2004)

16 consecutive seasons in the Champions League, reaching the final once

Most expensive signing – Mesut Ozil (£42.4 million from Real Madrid, 2013)

Most expensive signing – Mesut Ozil (£42.4 million from Real Madrid, 2013)
Most expensive signing – Mesut Ozil (£42.4 million from Real Madrid, 2013)

Most expensive sale – Cesc Fabregas (to Barcelona for £35 million, 2011)

11 trophies won in 10 Highbury seasons (3 Premier Leagues, 4 FA Cups & 4 Community Shields)

No trophies since moving to the Emirates – without a trophy since 2005

No trophies since moving to the Emirates – without a trophy since 2005
No trophies since moving to the Emirates – without a trophy since 2005

Season by season record:

95-96 P38 W16 D13 L9, Win%: 42
96-97 P46 W21 D13 L12, Win% 46
97-98 P54 W29 D17 L8, Win% 54
98-99 P54 W31 D16 L7, Win% 57
99-00 P59 W33 D14 L12, Win% 56
00-01 P59 W32 D13 L14, Win% 54
01-02 P60 W39 D11 L10, Win% 65
02-03 P59 W34 D15 L10, Win% 58
03-04 P59 W37 D16 L6, Win% 63
04-05 P57 W35 D15 L7, Win% 61
05-06 P59 W32 D12 L15, Win% 54
06-07 P59 W28 D19 L12, Win% 47
07-08 P58 W35 D16 L7, Win% 60
08-09 P61 W33 D16 L12, Win% 54
09-10 P54 W33 D8 L14, Win % 61
10-11 P58 W30 D14 L14, Win % 52
11-12 P54 W31 D9 L14, Win % 57
12-13 P53 W28 D14 L11, Win % 53
13-14 P45 W29 D7 L9, Win % 64

Team for his first match

Arsene Wenger is presented as Gunners boss
Arsene Wenger is presented as Gunners boss

A 2-0 win at Blackburn, 12 October 1996:
David Seaman; Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, Steve Bould, Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn; David Platt, Patrick Vieira, Paul Merson; Ian Wright, John Hartson. Sub used: Ray Parlour

Good luck to Wenger tomorrow!

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