Unbeaten in the 2003-04 season. Only team to have achieved this in the Premier League. Longest unbeaten run – 49 games – in Premier League history.
Records Arsenal can be proud of. But, the match against Norwich today Mikel Arteta faces a record he will not want notched against his name – worst start to a Premier League campaign in history!
That record is currently held by Swindon Town. They lost their opening four matches, scoring two goals and conceding 14, for a -12 goal difference. Arsenal have currently lost their three opening matches, conceding nine goals and have yet to find the back of the net in the league.
Their opponents – Norwich – are in a similar boat, having lost three from three, conceded 10 but have scored once. The teams that stand between them and the most unwanted record in England are:
West Ham United (2010/11)
All three failed to register a point after four games with a goal difference of -10. Both sides will want to avoid a 3-0 or greater defeat – especially Arsenal considering that they have failed to score against newly promoted Brentford, Chelsea or Manchester City.
Portsmouth’s top-ranking does not feature in our discussion as the South Coast team had nine points deducted during the course of the 2009/10 season for going into administration.
As an ardent Arsenal fan, I would love nothing more than for the team to find their “groove” and start to turn things around, starting with a handsome victory over the Canaries and condemn the East Coast side to the record.
However, I feel that the former Arsenal captain and Everton player is not best suited or experienced enough to drag the Gunners from the doldrums they now find themselves in.
Rumours have bounded around that former Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has been lined up to replace the former Manchester City assistant if he does not win his next three league games – something the Arsenal board have refuted. But where there is smoke….
Arsenal’s lack of adventure in the transfer market – compared with the other teams – has resulted in the North London side splashing ridiculous amounts of money on the likes of Ben White (£58.5m), Aaron Ramsdale (£28m), Takehiro Tomiyasu (£18.6m) and Albert Sambi Lokonga (£17.5m).
The only sensible buy was that of former loan-player, Martin Odegaard for £35m from Real Madrid.
The uncertainty of Granit Xhaka’s exit to Roma – which faltered – followed by an extension to his current contract has left fans shaking their heads with the Swiss international being nothing more than a liability, confirmed by his dangerous tackle in the City game which saw the Arsenal captain sent off during a 5-0 thrashing.
Strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette face uncertain futures with talks of the two heading out of the Emirates. Ainsley Maitland-Niles wants out, Hector Bellerin has gone (loan) and Mohamed Elneny is also reportedly wanting out.
Consistent reports of player unhappiness has left us shouting from the rooftops that Arteta must go along with Edu and the Kroenke’s.
A complete overhaul is needed if our beloved team is to see the daylight they so richly deserve as a club steeped in history.
So I say – Lose Arsenal! Lose. I will take the pain of unwanted records if it only means that action will be taken against those that are ruining the club.
The Gunners face off against Norwich today before traveling to Turf Moor to take on Sean Dyche’s Burnely and then finishing off September with a North-London Derby at home to the dreaded Spurs.
Things can only get worse before they can get better.