After defeating Fulham in Matchweek 27 of the Premier League, Mikel Arteta reached the milestone of 100 victories and became the Arsenal manager with the highest winning percentage in the club’s history.
Arteta achieved this milestone in his 168th game as Arsenal manager, in their away match against Fulham on March 12th. He has a winning percentage of 59.5%, which is the highest among all Arsenal managers. The Spanish coach has drawn 24 games and lost 44.
Arsene Wenger is second on the list, with 716 wins in 1235 games, achieving a winning percentage of 57.9% after 266 draws and 253 losses. The Frenchman needed 184 games to achieve his 100th victory with Arsenal.
He is the longest-serving and most successful manager in Arsenal’s history. In 22 years from 1996 to 2018, Wenger won three Premier League titles, including the unbeaten season of 2003-2004, seven FA Cups, seven Community Shields, and reached the Champions League final in 2006.
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Unai Emery is the third manager with the highest winning percentage in Arsenal’s history, with 43 victories in 78 games and a winning percentage of 55.13%. Emery was appointed by Arsenal in May 2018 to replace Wenger but was sacked in November 2019. His best achievement with the club was reaching the Europa League final in 2019, where Arsenal lost to Chelsea 1-4.
The remaining managers in the top nine include Thomas Mitchell (54.5%), William Elcoat (53.8%), Harry Bradshaw (51.3%), Herbert Chapman (49.8%), George Graham (48.9%), and Tom Whittaker (47%).
Arteta succeeded Emery and won his first victory in the third game leading Arsenal – a 2-0 victory over Man Utd at home in the English Premier League thanks to goals from Sokratis and Nicolas Pepe on the first day of 2020. The first away win came on January 27, 2020, when Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Arteta has achieved 100 victories in five seasons, 70 of which were in the Premier League, and against 38 clubs. Arsenal’s favorite opponents under the Spanish coach were Leeds and Leicester (six victories). They were followed by Chelsea, Newcastle, and West Ham (five).
Arsenal has won every day of the week under Arteta. They won 29 games on Sundays, 28 on Saturdays, and the remaining 43 victories on the other days of the week. Arteta’s biggest victory came in the League Cup, when they crushed West Brom 6-0 in August 2021, with a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arteta has won two trophies, beating Chelsea 2-1 thanks to Aubameyang’s double in the FA Cup final in August 2020. Less than a month later, Arsenal won at Wembley, beating Liverpool 5-4 on penalties to win the English Super Cup.
Arteta reached 50 victories when Arsenal beat Burnley 1-0 thanks to a free-kick from Martin Odegaard on September 18, 2021. The 40-year-old coach needed 92 games to reach this milestone and needs 76 more games to reach 100 victories.
After the victory over Fulham last week, when asked about this special milestone, Arteta replied, “It’s fantastic, we have to keep going like this. But unfortunately, it’s not a trophy so there is still a lot to improve.”
Arsenal is currently leading the English Premier League with 66 points, five points ahead of Man City, and aiming for their first championship since the unbeaten season of 2003-2004.
On March 16, Arteta’s team will host Sporting in the second leg of the Europa League Round of 16, then face Crystal Palace in the 28th round of the Premier League on March 19.
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