Wenger facing worst season with Arsenal
The Gunners’ Premier League win rate has dipped below 50 per cent for first time since manager’s debut season.
Arsene Wenger is on course for the lowest Premier League win percentage of his Arsenal reign.
Thursday’s night’s comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Manchester City leaves the Gunners sixth in the Premier League with only 13 wins from 28 matches – the first time since his debut season in England in 1996-97 that Wenger’s side have won less than half of their league games.
On that occasion, he took over eight games into the season and won 14 of the remaining 30, a win ratio of 46.7 per cent – this season’s total is currently 46.4 per cent.
Should they stay sixth, that would also be Arsenal’s worst finish under the long-serving Frenchman – last season’s fifth-placed finish was the first time he had missed out on the top four.
Thursday was Arsenal’s second successive 3-0 loss to City, following Sunday’s League Cup final – though their run to that stage lifts their overall win ratio this season to a round 50 per cent, better than their 44.4 per cent in 1996-97 but down on every other season under Wenger.
They peaked in the league at 68.4 per cent, or 26 wins, both in the “Invincible” season of 2003-04 and during their previous title win two years earlier. That 2001-02 campaign marks his highest overall win percentage at 65 per cent in all competitions, 39 from 60 games.