13 May 2018: Arsene Wenger’s last match and how the managers compare

By Tony Attwood

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Huddersfield Town 0 Arsenal 1.  Arsene Wenger’s last match as manager. 

Arsenal ended the season in sixth, 37 points behind the champions.  Particularly concerning was the decline in away form in which only four matches were won all season.

However Arsene Wenger was Arsenal’s most successful manager of all time in terms of trophies (three league titles and seven FA Cups) and in terms of win percentage 57.25%.  His nearest rival was Unai Emery who got a win percentage of 55.13% across 78 games – Mr Wenger in contrast managed 1235 games.

Wenger’s nearest rival in terms of games overseen was Bertie Mee who managed 539 games but with a win percentage of just 44.71%.  Mee won the League, the FA Cup and the Fairs Cup.

Third in the list of most games managed is George Graham who managed 460 games and won the League twice, the FA Cup, the League Cup (twice) and the Cup Winners Cup.  His win percentage was 48.91%.

At the time of writing our current manager, Mikel Arteta, has managed 128 games with a win rate of 54.69%.

So pulling these figures together we can see our most successful managers in terms of win percentages… In this table we are only considering managers who have overseen 50+ competitive games.  The table is correct as of 13 May 2022.

Manager Started Left Games W D L F A % win
George Graham 14 May 1986 21 Feb 1995 460 225 133 102 711 403 48.91
Herbert Chapman 11 June 1925 6 Jan 1934 411 204 97 110 879 616 49.64
Harry Bradshaw 30 June 1899 30 April 1904 235 118 44 73 403 237 50.21
Mikel Arteta 22 Dec 2019 Present 128 70 22 36 221 138 54.69
Unai Emery 23 May 2018 29 Nov 2019 78 43 16 19 152 100 55.13
Arsene Wenger 1 October 1996 13 May 2018 1,235 707 280 248 2,156 1,147 57.25


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2 Replies to “13 May 2018: Arsene Wenger’s last match and how the managers compare”

  1. I think in order to fairly compare Wenger maybe another table of his from his start until the Invincibles ended their 49 game run would be interesting… or maybe until Eduardo broke his leg? or in 5 yrs intervals?

    I say this because Wenger’s form in the last few yrs was awful.

    There is no way Wenger from the last 2-3 yrs in charge is better than Arteta now, I bet Wenger’s win % in the last 2-3 seasons was pretty bad compared to the times when he went 2 whole years without an Away defeat during the INvicibles season and the season before.

    And there is no way Arteta is better now than Wenger was during his first 10 yrs or so.

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