Arsene Wenger has had the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’.
No surprise as, after losing two of most creative players in Fabregas and Nasri and doing some last-minute shopping at the transfer deadline, Arsenal are off to one of the worst starts in their 124 year history
The record is the worst for fifty years with a goal-difference as bad as anything in more than a century. Add to which, 3 of the 4 points earned came from a one goal home victory over a promoted club
A couple of the early years were a struggle and in 1994/5 they carried a -3 goal difference as late as game 37 before back to back 4-goalers, with Ian Wright striking five times, got them into positive territory. There has been a season ending goal difference in the 25-50 range throughout Wenger’s tenure but even to match the worst of those seasons the team are going to have to outscore their opponents by an average of a goal a game from now on
In fact, as the graph now shows, Arsenal did well the rest of the season finishing third
overall and maintaining the goal difference range of 25+ by the thinnest of margins