Under Mr Wenger we score five goals once every 20 league games.

By Tony Attwood

Scoring five or more in the Premier League  is something that Mr Wenger does rather well (and certainly better than any other manager in our history).

This season has seen the number of games in which we have scored five or more continue to rise – with three occasions so far with the victory over Tottenham being the 31st occasion in the EPL era.

Before the arrival of Arsène Wenger we scored five goals once every 86 games in the Premier League.   Under him in the Premier League it moved to once every 20 matches.

So on that basis if you want to see five there’s not much point going along to matches until the eighth league game of next season.

Our favourite opponents for the bit scores are Middlesbrough – I’ve been luck y to have seen two of them.  The first was away (6-1) – and I remember it fondly as my mate Roger went out of his way to take me to the game when I was very ill.  I don’t think I was much of a companion, but his kindness and Arsenal’s brilliance certainly aided my recovery.  After that we had a 5-1 and 5-3 both of which I missed but then a 7-0 at Highbury – one of my cherished moments.  Henry and co at their very best.  Blackburn have also been beaten by five plus three times: 6-2, 6-2 and 7-1.

Leicester City, Everton, Wimbledon, Manchester City and Derby County have all been beaten with us scoring five plus twice.

So what happens after the five plus have been scored.  On each of the last nine occasions we have gone on to win the next match.  Most recently it was…

After Chelsea we beat West Brom 3-0

After Blackburn we beat Sunderland 2-1

And now we know that after Tottenham, we beat Liverpool 2-1.

In fact add the last nine times Arsenal have scored five or more in a premier league game, we went on to win the following league fixture each time, by a cumulative score of 21-6.

Meanwhile we can also add that the victory over Blackburn was the 11th game featuring eight or more goals, in the EPL.

Prior to the Wenger era the season Arsenal scored five plus the most times was 1934/35, when George Allison was in his first year as manager.  Arsenal scored ten five+ wins including beating Liverpool 8-1, Birmingham 5-1, Tottenham 5-1 and 6-0, Chelsea 5-2, Wolverhampton 7-0, Leicester 8-0 and 5-3, Preston 5-3, Middlesbrough 8-0.

Although some “fans” made a huge fuss about the issue of our “worst” start to a season, the fact is that we have conceded five or more goals in Premier League games only twice, both times at Manchester United (6-1 in 2000/01 and 8-2 r this season).

Here’s one more stat: the game against Chelsea was the 13th time game in the Premier League where we have let in three or more goals without losing the game.


Date Opposition Venue Score Scorers
March 5, 1994 Ipswich Town A 5-1 Wright 3, Parlour, Youds (og)
April 1, 1995 Norwich City H 5-1 Hartson 2, Dixon, Merson, Newman (og)
October 4, 1997 Barnsley H 5-0 Bergkamp 2, Parlour, Platt
April 18, 1998 Wimbledon H 5-0 Adams, Overmars, Bergkamp, Petit, Wreh
February 20, 1999 Leicester City H 5-0 Anelka 3, Parlour 2
April 19, 1999 Wimbledon H 5-1 Parlour, Vieira, Bergkamp, Kanu, Thatcher (og)
April 24, 1999 Middlesbrough A 6-1 Overmars, Anelka 2, Kanu 2
November 20, 1999 Middlesbrough H 5-1 Overmars 3, Bergkamp 2
August 26, 2000 Charlton Athletic H 5-3 Vieira 2, Henry 2, Silvinho
October 28, 2000 Manchester City H 5-0 Cole, Bergkamp, Wiltord, Henry 2
December 9, 2000 Newcastle United H 5-0 Henry, Parlour 3, Kanu
December 26, 2000 Leicester City H 6-1 Henry 3, Vieira, Ljungberg, Adams
August 27, 2002 West Brom H 5-2 Cole, Lauren, Wiltord 2, Aliadiere
February 22, 2003 Manchester City A 5-1 Bergkamp, Pires, Henry, Campbell, Vieira
May 7, 2003 Southampton H 6-1 Pires 3, Pennant 3
April 16, 2004 Leeds United H 5-0 Pires, Henry 4
August 22, 2004 Middlesbrough H 5-3 Henry 2, Bergkamp, Pires, Reyes
November 13, 2004 Tottenham Hostpur A 5-4 Henry, Lauren, Vieira, Ljungberg, Pires
February 14, 2005 Crystal Palace H 5-1 Bergkamp, Reyes, Henry 2, Vieira
May 11, 2005 Everton H 7-0 Van Persie, Pires 2, Vieira, Edu, Bergkamp, Flamini
January 14, 2006 Middlesbrough H 7-0 Henry 3, Senderos, Pires, Gilberto, Hleb
April 1, 2006 Aston Villa H 5-0 Adebayor, Henry 2, Van Persie, Diaby
December 23, 2006 Blackburn Rovers H 6-2 Gilberto, Adebayor, Flamini, Van Persie 2, Hleb
September 22, 2007 Derby County H 5-0 Fabregas, Diaby, Adebayor 3
April 28, 2008 Derby County A 6-2 Adebayor 3, Walcott, Bendtner, Van Persie
August 15, 2009 Everton A 6-1 Gallas, Vermaelen, Fabregas 2, Denilson, Eduardo
October 4, 2009 Blackburn Rovers H 6-2 Vermaelen, Fabregas, Arshavin, Van Persie, Walcott, Bendtner
August 21, 2010 Blackpool H 6-0 Walcott 3, Arshavin, Chamakh, Diaby
October 29, 2011 Chelsea A 5-3 Van Persie 3, Andre Santos, Walcott
February 4, 2012 Blackburn Rovers H 7-1 Van Persie 3, Chamberlain 2, Arteta, Henry
February 26 2012 Tottenham H H 5-3 Walcott 2, Rosiky, Sagna, Van Persie



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