The longer Arsene Wenger stays at Arsenal, the more records he sets. Unfortunately, not all of them are good.
The first half of Wenger’s Arsenal career was defined by the number of records his team set.
The longest run of Premier League wins (recently topped by Manchester City), the longest undefeated streak in English football history and a whole season unbeaten are just some of his accomplishments.
And while the second part of his reign has still seen him manage the most amount of Premier League games, and win more FA Cups than anyone, the longer Wenger stays at Arsenal, the more long-standing trends are starting to buck.
Last season, Arsenal finished outside the top four in the Premier League for the first time since 1996. A run of 21 years in the Champions League came to an end.
On Sunday, another run came to an end: Arsenal were knocked out of the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in Wenger’s career.
And while also being eliminated in the last-16 seven seasons in a row, a number of Arsenal’s worst defeats in Europe have come in the last decade.
In the Champions League, Arsenal lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich on three separate occasions between 2015 and 2017. Before then, there worst result was a 4-0 loss to AC Milan in 2012.
In the Premier League, we’ve lost 8-2 to Manchester United, 6-0 Chelsea, 5-1 to Liverpool and 6-3 to Manchester City, all in the last six years.
Records are made to be broken. Unfortunately, Arsenal are breaking the wrong records at the moment.