UEFA Champions League

1000 Games – Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal Milestone

Arsène Wenger was appointed in 1996 immediately after Premier League finishes of 10th, 4th, 12th and 5th positions. He brought in the stability (not seen since World War II) at the top four of the Premier League ever since he took over. It’s a big milestone to manage 1,000 competitive games with a single club and Wenger joins elite few comprising of Sir Matt Busby, Dario Gradi and Sir Alex Ferguson. At this juncture, let’s look at how he has built Arsenal castle with these 1000 bricks.

1. Season wise performance – Stable throughout

Season wise Win-Draw-Loss percentage of Arsene Wenger

Season wise Win-Draw-Loss percentage of Arsene Wenger

Apart from the initial season, he has managed a minimum of 50% wins every season and he has never lost more than 25% of games every season. The split up of wins, draws and losses along all seasons haven’t changed drastically. He has achieved a stable split over seasons.

2. Opponent wise analysis: High success rate against Small clubs, Low success rate against Big clubs

Teams Wenger has faced more are Manchester United (51 games), Chelsea (49 games), Liverpool (45 games) and Tottenham Hotspur (43 games). Taking teams whom he has faced more than 10 games:

  • He has never lost against Portsmouth (15 games – 10 wins, 5 draws) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (12 games – 11 wins, 1 draws)
  • He has lost almost half the matches against Manchester United (51 games – 16 wins, 11 draws, 24 losses). This is followed by Chelsea (35%), Liverpool (31%) and Manchester City (29%).
Arsene Wenger has lost almost half the matches against Manchester United

Arsene Wenger has lost almost half the matches against Manchester United

  • Top 5 win percentage against Wolverhampton Wanderers (92%), Wigan Athletic (75%), Charlton Athletic (75%), Derby County (75%) and West Bromwich Albion (74%)
  • Apart from Manchester United (31%), Chelsea (39%), Liverpool (40%) and Tottenham Hotspur (49%), he has managed to keep a win percentage of minimum 50%.

3. Opponent Manager wise analysis: High loss percentage against managers with strong personality

Managers whom he has played against most number of times are Sir Alex Ferguson (51 games – 16 wins, 11 draws, 24 losses), Harry Redknapp (32 games – 15 wins, 13 draws, 4 losses), David Moyes (27 games – 18 wins, 6 draws, 3 losses), Sam Allardyce (25 games – 13 wins, 7 draws, 5 losses) and Rafael Benitez (22 games – 9 wins, 6 draws, 7 losses). Considering managers whom he has faced more than 5 games,

Arsene Wenger has never won against Jose Mourinho

Arsene Wenger has never won against Jose Mourinho

  • Never lost against Kevin Keegan, Dave Jones, Glenn Hoddle, Steve Coppell, Mick McCarthy, Glenn Roeder, Ruud Gullit and Gary Megson.
  • Highest loss percentage against Jose Mourinho, Josep Guadiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini
  • Among current Premier League managers, he has high win percentage against David Moyes (67%), Roberto Martinez (64%), Tony Pulis (62%), Brendan Rodgers (57%) and Mark Hughes (52%)

4. Competition wise analysis: FA Cup is Wenger’s strong battle ground

FA Cup is Arsene's strong battle ground

FA Cup is Arsene’s strong battle ground

In FA Community Shield, FA Cup and League Cup matches, Wenger has managed to keep a win percentage of more than 60%. When it came to meeting Europe’s elite clubs, Wenger hadn’t made a big impact since he has won just half the games in Champions League.

Arsene has won FA Cup 4 times

Arsene has won FA Cup 4 times

In the home games, he has won 69% of games whereas he has won just 46% of away games. In the neutral games, he has won 54% of games, but the loss percentage is also high at 42%.

5. Arsene Wenger (57.2%) has a higher win percentage than Sir Alex Ferguson (56.4%) in the first 1000 games with their respective clubs, but Arsene inherited a much better squad than Fergie.

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Breaking the myth of Fixture Congestion

It’s about resting up and getting ready to go. I don’t know about the Premier League but other countries seem to look after their teams representing them in the Champions League. I’m not sure we do so much here.”

complained Frank Lampard. But is it the reality? How far do the other countries accommodate their fixtures in accordance with that of Champions League (CL)? Findings on analysis seem to paint a different picture! For this analysis, the scope will be restricted to England, Germany and Spain clubs’ (each representing 4 teams in CL) schedules this season (2013-14).

Analyzing the average time between kick-off of CL and other games (League and Cup competitions), the following points are found out:

Avg. time between games' kick-off (CL and others)

Avg. time between games’ kick-off (CL and others)

FIXTURE CONGESTED CLUBS: Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Bayern Munich are the clubs with least average time between games. Real Madrid have a deep squad enough to rotate players and play their usual game. Arsenal is already struggling to cope up with the fixtures. Bayern Munich with their strong position in the league can afford to rotate players according to their need.

LEAST AFFECTED CLUBS: Manchester United (Even without the recent fixture adjustment, their numbers are pretty high), Barcelona, Athletico Madrid and Chelsea are the clubs with the highest average resting time between games. The perception of Barcelona and United getting a preference in the fixture scheduling seems true. Frank Lampard’s complaint of English clubs not getting the support from The Football Association doesn’t seem to be substantiated with facts.

Analysis on averages could be skewed. Hence, it’s good to have an eye on the distribution of the time gaps between the games as well.

No. of times with less than three days between games

No. of times with less than three days between games

Real Madrid are the most affected team since they have to play six times with the gap between two games less than 3 days. This is really grueling for the players. Chelsea, though experiences a higher average time gap, is forced four times to play within a span of 3 days. In contrast, Arsenal which had a lower time gap has been forced to play within a span of 3 days only twice. 

Time gap analysis between games

Time gap analysis between games

Although, Chelsea is stressed out with games within 3 days the overall picture suggests it’s not very much stressed compared to its peers. If you consider the gap of 4 days, Chelsea enjoys the second best fixture schedule only next to Real Sociedad who are already out of the competition. Even Manchester City schedule is stressed out: for 11 times, 2 games are being scheduled withing a gap of 4 days. The same is the situation of Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Bayern Munich. This pattern also hints out that Spain clubs have a better accommodating fixture schedule than England and Germany ones.

If you see the overall picture,

Country wise Resting time analysis between games

Country wise Resting time analysis between games

1. German clubs have a tight fixture schedule followed by Spanish clubs and English clubs in terms of average resting time between games.

2. Only 59% of times, Spanish clubs are forced to play 2 games within a time span of 4 days. This is markedly higher for German clubs (73%) and English clubs (66%).

Hence the verdict is,

If at all, there needs to be support from the Football Association in terms of scheduling games in accordance to UEFA Champions League fixtures schedule, it’s the German clubs who need more support than English and Spanish clubs from its Football Association.

Football Associations' ranking in terms of scheduling support

Football Associations’ ranking in terms of scheduling support

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Sir Alex Ferguson – Numbers behind the Making of the Legend

1 – Won the 1st English Premier League Edition, Won 1 FIFA Club World Cup

2 – Won 2 UEFA Champions League titles, Won 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, Won 2 UEFA Super Cup

3 – Only Manager to have won the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, Only Manager to have won hat trick Premier League titles and he did it twice, Won 3 Scottish Premier Division Titles

4 – Won 4 League Cups, Won 4 World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year award, Won 4 Scottish Cups

5 – Won 5 FA Cups, He has managed 5 different teams in his entire managerial career

6 – He has played in 6 different clubs in his entire playing career

7 – Number of times he finished 2nd in Premier League/First Division for Manchester United

8 – Number of full seasons managed at Aberdeen

9 – Number of seasons his managing team finished second in the league

10 – Number of trophies won with Aberdeen

11 – He has won 11 trophies as a manager before joining Manchester United, Manchester United finished 11th in his first season in-charge, He has won 11 Premier League Manager of the Season awards

12 – Number of points when Manchester United came from behind to win the title against Keegan’s Newcastle in 1995-96

13 – He has won a total of 13 Premier League titles

14 – Number of goals he has scored in 1971-72 season for Falkirk

15 – Non-league Non-community shield trophies won with Manchester United

16 – His age when his senior playing career began with Queen’s Park

17 – Number of matches he was given touchline ban, Number of seasons he played senior football

18 – Number of managers who managed Manchester City when he managed Manchester United

19 – Number of goals he has scored in St. Johnstone (His second club)

20 – His last league title with Manchester United is the club’s 20th league title overall

21 – His age when he has won his first league title as a player

22 – Consecutive seasons with Top 3 finish in the Premier League/First Division

24 – Number of appearances he has made at Ayr United (His sixth club)

25 – Number of goals he has scored in Rangers (His fourth club)

26 – Number of seasons he has managed in Manchester United

27 – He has won a total of 27 Premier League Manger of the Month awards

28 – Non-community shield trophies he has won with Manchester United

29 – Longest unbeaten run in league matches of Manchester United was achieved twice by him

30 – Win % during his managerial stint with Scotland

31 – Number of appearances he has made at Queen’s Park (His first club)

32 – His age when his managerial career began

34 – His age when he has won his first league title as manager

36 – Longest scoring streak for Manchester United between 3rd December 2007 to 15th November 2008

37 – Number of appearances he has made at St. Johnstone (His second club)

38 – Number of trophies he has won with Manchester United

39 – Total Number of seasons he has managed

40 – His age when he has won his first international club trophy with Aberdeen (UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)

41 – Number of appearances he has made at Rangers (His fourth club)

43 – Win % during his managerial stint with St. Mirren (43.79)

44 – His age when he signed for managing Manchester United

45 – Number of goals he scored in the 1965-66 season for Dunfermline Athletic (His third club)

49 – Number of trophies he has won in his managerial career, Number of matches against Arsene Wenger

52 – Win % during his managerial stint with East Stirlingshire (52.94)

57 – His age when he won the treble

59 – Win % during his managerial stint with Aberdeen (59.26) and with Manchester United (59.71) (As of 18 May 2013)

65 – Joined Rangers in 1967 for then Scottish transfer record of £65k

66 – Number of goals he has scored in Dunfermline Athletic (His third club)

71 – His age during retirement

79 – Fergie Time in seconds

80 – Number of FA Cup matches he has won

89 – Number of appearances he has made at Dunfermline Athletic (His third club)

95 – Number of appearances he has made at Falkirk (His fifth club)

97 – Most number of Premier League goals scored by his Manchester United side

99 – Number of Champions League home matches

100 – It’s very difficult to see another manager like him in the next 100 years

Sir Alex Ferguson Numbers

Sir Alex Ferguson Numbers

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