by Tony Attwood
By and large new articles on Arsenal’s history which relate to a specific date are published on the anniversary of that date. But it seems rather churlish to wait another 364 days to celebrate the record breaking 10 away wins in a row, so it is being added to the files a day late – but obviously will pop up next year.
So, to help us all remember yesterday when its anniversary comes around, on 18 September 2013 Arsenal gained their 10th consecutive win in all major competitions – a club record.
To start, let’s take in a few other records.
Arsenal hold the record for the longest unbeaten away sequence in league football – that being 27 games from 5 April 2003 to 25 September 2004.
Arsenal also hold the record for the most away wins in the top division: 638, although I am not sure that this figure includes the 2013/14 season.
But now to move on to the issue of the most consecutive away wins. The record of 10 is a record for Arsenal, not for all clubs – we have a little further to go for that.
However here is something which I am not sure has been picked up elsewhere – the goals tally during these 10 consecutive victories.
In all Arsenal has scored 20 goals during this away run, and conceded just four.
Can I say that again in black and white, just for the hell of it? Well, I’m going to any way.
- 10 away wins out of ten
- Goals for: 20
- Goals against: 4
What’s more, this all time away wins record which stretches across 2012/13 and 2013/14 has come at a time when the manager was under unprecedented derision and criticism. On the morning after the achievement of the 10th game the matter was by and large ignored as a headline maker, the radio and press focussing on Chelsea instead. It was ever thus.
Here is a list of the games. The year is 2013…
- 13 March Beat Bayern Munich 2-0 (CL)
- 16 March Beat Swansea City 2-0
- 6 April Beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1
- 20 April Beat Fulham 1-0
- 4 May Beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0
- 19 May Beat Newcastle 1-0
- 21 August Beat Fenerbahce 3-0 (CL)
- 24 August Beat Fulham 3-1
- 14 September Beat Sunderland 3-1
- 18 September Beat Marseille 2-1 (CL)
- Games 10
- Wins 10
- Goals for 20
- Goals against 4
Quite what these people have been thinking in their criticism of Mr Wenger, Ramsey, Giroud, Theo, and virtually everyone else on the pitch is utterly beyond me.
For those who criticise the manager’s every move, this must be a difficult moment. But for most of us, it is rather a pleasant day.
Arsenal’s Anniversaries for 18 September
- 18 September 1930: William Harper returns for second spell with Arsenal
- 18 September 1953: Tommy Lawton signed from Brentford
- 18 September 1976: Stephen Hughes born
- 18 September 1994: Fifth game without a win in a row – Arsenal 2 Newcastle 3
- 18 September 1999: Thierry Henry scored first goal for Arsenal to beat Southampton 1-0