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Arsenal’s History Under Wenger After 8 Games And How They Finished

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How have Arsenal done historically after eight contests?

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Through eight games this season, Arsenal are now 6-1-1 and are only in second place behind Manchester City on goal differential.

To put this start in context, I thought it might be useful to look back at previous seasons to see how things panned out after crossing the 1/5th pole.

Year W D L Pts Place Final W Final D Final L Final Pts Final Place
1996-97 5 2 1 17 3rd 19 11 8 68 3rd
1997-98 5 3 0 18 1st 23 9 6 77 1st
1998-99 3 4 1 13 3rd 22 12 4 78 2nd
1999-00 5 1 2 16 3rd 22 7 9 73 2nd
2000-01 4 3 1 15 3rd 20 10 8 70 2nd
2001-02 5 2 1 17 2nd 26 9 3 87 1st
2002-03 6 2 0 20 1st 23 9 6 78 2nd
2003-04 6 2 0 20 2nd 26 12 0 90 1st
2004-05 7 1 0 22 1st 25 8 5 83 2nd
2005-06 4 1 3 13 8th 20 7 11 67 4th
2006-07 5 2 1 17 4th 19 11 8 68 4th
2007-08 7 1 0 22 1st 24 11 3 83 3rd
2008-09 5 1 2 16 4th 20 12 6 72 4th
2009-10 6 0 2 18 4th 23 6 9 75 3rd
2010-11 4 2 2 14 3rd 19 11 8 68 4th
2011-12 3 1 4 10 10th 21 7 10 70 3rd
2012-13 3 3 2 12 9th 21 10 7 73 4th
2013-14 6 1 1 19 1st 24 7 7 79 4th
2014-15 2 5 1 11 7th 22 9 7 75 3rd
2015-16 5 1 2 16 2nd 20 11 7 71 2nd
2016-17 6 1 1 19 2nd ? ? ? ? ?

Hard to get any generalized taeks out of that, what with such a wide variance in the dataset. If anything, it’s impressive that we’ve been able to escape the rough starts (I SEE YOU 2011-12 YOU FETID PILE) and still qualify for Champions League. But the great starts don’t directly correlate to stronger finishes either. Points are points, no matter when they’re acquired; the key, obviously, is a consistent acquisition of said points, regardless of what the calendar says.

In fact, this is the sixth season under Wenger in which Arsenal have had at least 19 points after eight games. We only won the league in one of those years: 2003-04. You might have heard of that campaign.

Oddly, one of the worst starts the team had under Wenger, in 1998-99 - in which Arsenal won just three of their first eight games - saw us finish 2nd overall.

If nothing else, there’s reason to be thankful for a good start, but leagues aren’t won in October. Well, except for the Chinese Super League...but forget about that.

Arsenal’s off to a bright start. Here’s to not squandering it as we head toward the Boxing Day pole.