Arsenal F.C. league record by opponent

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Arsenal Football Club is an English professional association football club based in North London. The club was formed in Woolwich in 1886 as Royal Arsenal before being renamed as Woolwich Arsenal in 1893.[1] The club was renamed a third time in 1914 as Arsenal F.C. after moving to Highbury a year earlier.[2] After spending their first four seasons solely participating in cup tournaments and friendles, Arsenal became the first southern member admitted into the Football League in 1893.[3] They won promotion to the First Division in 1904, but were relegated in 1913. In spite of finishing fifth in the Second Division in 1919, the club was voted to rejoin the First Division at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.[4] Since that time, they have not fallen below the first tier of the English football league system; Arsenal holds the record for the longest uninterrupted period in the top flight.[5] The club remained in the Football League until 1992, when its First Division was superseded as English football's top level by the newly formed Premier League, of which they were an inaugural member.[6] In 2003–04, Arsenal completed a league season without a single defeat, something achieved only once before in English football, by Preston North End in 1888–89.[7]

Arsenal's first team have competed in a number of national, and in the early part of the club's history, regionally contested leagues such as the United League, the Southern District Combination and the London League Premier Division. Their record against each club faced in these discontinued competitions, in addition to the Football League and Premier League is listed below. Arsenal's first Football League match was against Newcastle United,[8] and they met their 84th and most recent different league opponent, Wigan Athletic, for the first time in the 2005–06 Premier League season. The team that Arsenal have played most in league competition is Manchester United, who they first met in the 1894–95 Football League season; the 79 defeats from 190 meetings is more than they have lost against any other club. Liverpool have drawn 47 league encounters with Arsenal, more than any other club. Arsenal have recorded more league victories against Everton than against any other club, having beaten them 90 times out of 186 attempts.

Key[edit]

  • The table includes results of matches played by Arsenal (including under the former names of Royal Arsenal and Woolwich Arsenal) in the United League, the Southern District Combination, the London League Premier Division, the Football League and the Premier League. Matches from the abandoned 1939–40 season are excluded, as are the games in the various wartime competitions.
  • The name used for each opponent is the name they had when Arsenal most recently played a league match against them. Results against each opponent include results against that club under any former name. For example, results against Birmingham City include matches played against Small Heath (1888–1905) and Birmingham (1905–1945).
  • The columns headed "First" and "Last" contain the first and most recent seasons in which Arsenal played league matches against each opponent.
  • P = matches played; W = matches won; D = matches drawn; L = matches lost; Win% = percentage of total matches won
  •        divisional rivals Clubs with this background and symbol in the "Opponent" column are Arsenal's divisional rivals in the current season.
  •        defunct Clubs with this background and symbol in the "Opponent" column are defunct.

All-time league record[edit]

Statistics correct as of matches played on 11 May 2014.
Arsenal F.C. league record by opponent
Club P W D L P W D L P W D L Win% First Last Notes
Home Away Total
Aston Villa divisional rivals 85 45 17 23 85 25 22 38 170 70 39 61 41.18 1904–05 2013–14
Barnsley 9 8 0 1 9 1 1 7 18 9 1 8 50.00 1898–89 1997–98
Birmingham City 62 40 18 4 62 17 15 30 124 57 33 34 45.97 1893–94 2010–11 [A]
Blackburn Rovers 54 31 15 8 54 21 15 18 108 52 30 26 48.15 1904–05 2011–12
Blackpool 37 27 8 2 37 13 13 11 74 40 21 13 54.05 1896–97 2010–11
Bolton Wanderers 59 36 16 7 59 15 16 28 118 51 32 35 43.22 1899–1900 2011–12
Bradford City 11 6 2 3 11 3 3 5 22 9 5 8 40.91 1903–04 2000–01
Bradford Park Avenue 3 3 0 0 3 2 1 0 6 5 1 0 83.33 1913–14 1920–21
Brentford 7 3 1 3 7 2 1 4 14 5 2 7 35.71 1902–03 1946–47 [B]
Brighton & Hove Albion 4 3 1 0 4 2 0 2 8 5 1 2 62.50 1979–80 1982–83
Brighton United defunct 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 1898–99 1898–99 [C]
Bristol City 16 8 4 4 16 11 2 3 32 19 6 7 59.38 1898–99 1979–80 [C]
Burnley divisional rivals 44 26 9 9 44 12 21 18 88 38 20 30 43.18 1897–98 2009–10
Burton Swifts defunct 8 6 1 1 8 3 0 5 16 9 1 6 56.25 1893–94 1900–01
Burton United defunct 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 3 6 2 0 4 33.33 1901–02 1903–04
Burton Wanderers defunct 3 2 1 0 3 1 0 2 6 3 1 2 50.00 1894–95 1896–97
Bury 16 12 2 2 16 1 5 10 32 13 7 12 40.63 1894–95 1928–29
Cardiff City 16 8 5 3 16 5 6 5 32 13 11 8 40.63 1921–22 2013–14
Carlisle United 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 50.00 1974–75 1974–75
Charlton Athletic 26 16 5 5 26 16 6 4 52 32 11 9 61.54 1936–37 2006–07
Chatham 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1899–1900 1899–1900 [D]
Chelsea divisional rivals 77 36 21 20 77 25 25 27 154 61 46 47 39.61 1907–08 2013–14
Chesterfield Town 5 5 0 0 5 2 1 2 10 7 1 2 70.00 1899–1900 1903–04
Coventry City 34 20 9 5 34 17 9 8 68 37 18 13 54.41 1967–68 2000–01
Crewe Alexandra 3 3 0 0 3 1 2 0 6 4 2 0 66.67 1893–94 1896–97
Crystal Palace divisional rivals 14 11 2 1 14 7 6 1 28 18 8 2 64.29 1969–70 2013–14
Darwen 5 4 0 1 5 2 1 2 10 6 1 3 60.00 1894–95 1898–99
Derby County 49 27 10 12 49 14 10 25 98 41 20 37 41.84 1904–05 2007–08
Doncaster Rovers 2 2 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 3 0 1 75.00 1901–02 1902–03
Everton divisional rivals 93 61 16 16 93 29 25 39 186 90 41 55 48.39 1904–05 2013–14
Fulham 28 23 5 0 28 14 5 9 56 37 10 9 66.07 1903–04 2013–14 [B]
Gainsborough Trinity 8 8 0 0 8 3 2 3 16 11 2 3 68.75 1895–96 1904–05
Glossop 7 6 1 0 7 6 0 1 14 12 1 1 85.71 1899–1900 1914–15 [D]
Grimsby Town 21 16 4 1 21 4 6 11 42 20 10 12 47.62 1893–94 1958–59
Huddersfield Town 32 15 9 8 32 10 14 8 64 25 23 16 39.06 1913–14 1971–72
Hull City divisional rivals 5 3 1 1 5 4 0 1 10 7 1 2 70.00 1913–14 2013–14
Ipswich Town 26 14 6 6 26 13 4 9 52 27 10 15 51.92 1954–55 2001–02
Kettering Town 3 2 1 0 3 2 0 1 6 4 1 1 66.67 1896–97 1898–99 [C]
Leeds City defunct 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 2 2 0 50.00 1913–14 1914–15
Leeds United 50 27 10 13 50 11 14 25 100 38 24 38 38.00 1924–25 2003–04
Leicester City divisional rivals 58 36 16 6 58 18 19 21 116 54 35 27 46.55 1894–95 2003–04 [E]
Leyton Orient 3 2 1 0 3 1 0 2 6 3 1 2 50.00 1913–14 1962–63 [F]
Lincoln City 13 10 3 0 13 3 4 6 26 13 7 6 50.00 1893–94 1914–15
Liverpool divisional rivals 90 39 30 21 90 24 17 49 180 63 47 70 35.00 1893–94 2013–14
Loughborough defunct 7 7 0 0 7 3 1 3 14 10 1 3 71.43 1895–96 1899–1900
Luton Town 22 17 3 2 22 6 8 8 44 23 11 10 52.27 1896–97 1991–92 [C]
Manchester City divisional rivals 86 52 20 14 86 33 21 32 172 85 41 46 49.42 1893–94 2013–14 [G]
Manchester United divisional rivals 95 52 19 24 95 15 25 55 190 67 44 79 35.26 1894–95 2013–14 [H]
Middlesbrough 59 37 16 6 59 21 15 83 118 58 31 29 49.15 1899–1900 2008–09
Middlesbrough Ironopolis defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.000 1893–94 1893–94
Millwall 9 2 3 4 9 2 2 5 18 4 5 9 22.22 1896–97 1989–90 [C][I]
New Brighton Tower defunct 3 3 0 0 3 1 0 2 6 4 0 2 66.67 1898–99 1900–01
Newcastle United divisional rivals 80 41 17 22 80 21 19 40 160 62 36 62 38.75 1893–94 2013–14
Northampton Town 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 00.00 1965–66 1965–66
Northwich Victoria 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 1893–94 1893–94
Norwich City 24 15 7 2 24 7 10 7 48 22 17 9 45.83 1960–61 2013–14
Nottingham Forest 46 26 14 6 46 19 8 19 92 45 22 25 48.91 1904–05 1998–99
Notts County 22 11 5 6 22 6 2 14 44 17 7 20 38.64 1893–94 1991–92
Oldham Athletic 10 4 5 1 10 1 6 3 20 5 11 4 25.00 1910–11 1993–94
Oxford United 3 2 1 0 3 0 2 1 6 2 3 1 33.33 1985–86 1987–88
Portsmouth 34 18 9 7 34 11 14 9 68 29 23 16 42.65 1899–1900 2009–10 [D]
Port Vale 9 8 1 0 9 3 2 4 18 11 3 4 61.11 1893–94 1956–57 [J]
Preston North End 36 20 10 6 36 11 7 18 72 31 17 24 43.06 1901–02 1960–61
Queens Park Rangers 26 18 6 2 26 7 7 12 52 25 13 14 48.08 1899–1900 2012–13 [D]
Reading 5 4 1 0 5 4 1 0 10 8 2 0 80.00 1898–99 2012–13 [C]
Rushden Town defunct 3 3 0 0 3 2 0 1 6 5 0 1 83.33 1896–97 1898–99 [C]
Rotherham Town defunct 3 2 1 0 3 1 1 1 6 3 2 1 50.00 1893–94 1895–96
Sheffield United 47 30 8 9 47 8 14 25 94 38 22 34 40.43 1904–05 2006–07
Sheffield Wednesday 54 31 15 8 54 15 15 24 108 46 30 32 42.59 1899–1900 1999–2000 [K]
Southamptondivisional rivals 40 25 13 2 40 14 9 17 80 39 22 19 48.75 1897–98 2013–14 [C]
Stockport County 6 6 0 0 6 1 3 2 12 7 3 2 58.33 1900–01 1914–15
Stoke City divisional rivals 43 33 5 5 43 10 15 18 86 43 20 23 50.00 1904–05 2013–14 [L]
Sunderland divisional rivals 67 36 16 15 67 16 22 29 134 52 38 44 38.81 1904–05 2013–14
Swansea City divisional rivals 5 2 1 2 5 3 0 2 10 5 1 4 50.00 1981–82 2013–14
Swindon Town 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 50.00 1993–94 1993–94
Tottenham Hotspur divisional rivals 84 44 20 20 84 25 25 34 168 69 45 54 41.07 1896–97 2013–14 [C]
Walsall 7 4 3 0 7 1 0 6 14 5 3 6 35.71 1893–94 1900–01 [M]
Watford 8 4 1 3 8 3 0 5 16 7 1 8 43.75 1982–83 2006–07
Wellingborough Town 3 3 0 0 3 1 0 2 6 4 0 2 66.67 1896–97 1898–99 [C]
West Bromwich Albion divisional rivals 60 36 14 10 60 24 14 22 120 60 28 32 50.00 1902–03 2013–14
West Ham United divisional rivals 59 31 13 15 59 26 19 14 118 57 32 29 48.31 1901–02 2013–14 [B]
Wigan Athletic 8 7 0 1 8 5 2 1 16 12 2 2 75.00 2005–06 2012–13
Wimbledon defunct 14 4 7 3 14 9 1 4 28 13 8 7 46.43 1986–87 1999–2000 [N]
Wolverhampton Wanderers 49 27 14 8 49 20 11 18 98 47 25 26 47.96 1904–05 2011–12

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Record against Small Heath and Birmingham included
B. ^ ^ ^ First played in the London League
C. ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ First played in the United League
D. ^ ^ ^ ^ First played in the Southern District Combination
E. ^ Record against Leicester Fosse included
F. ^ Record against Clapton Orient included
G. ^ Record against Ardwick included
H. ^ Record against Newton Heath included
I. ^ Record against Millwall Athletic included
J. ^ Record against Burslem Port Vale included
K. ^ Record against The Wednesday included
L. ^ Record against Stoke included
M. ^ Record against Walsall Town Swifts included
N. ^ Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003 and were rebranded as Milton Keynes Dons F.C.[9] In 2008 the club renounced all claims to Wimbledon's history, and regarded themselves as a new club founded in 2004.[10]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ Soar & Tyler (2011), p. 24.
  2. ^ Joy (1952), p. 32.
  3. ^ Joy (1952), p. 9.
  4. ^ Joy (1952), p. 28.
  5. ^ "Club profile – Arsenal". Premier League. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Rodrigues, Jason (2 February 2012). "Premier League football at 20: 1992, the start of a whole new ball game". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Ian (15 May 2004). "Arsenal the Invincibles". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Woolwich Arsenal play their first game". Arsenal.com. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Wimbledon fan MP says Milton Keynes 'should drop Dons'". BBC News (BBC). 26 January 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "History and Honours of Wimbledon FC returned to Merton". Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association. 2 August 2007. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.