Arsenal F.C. league record by opponent

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Arsenal Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Holloway, London. The club was formed in Woolwich in 1886 as Royal Arsenal before it was renamed Woolwich Arsenal in 1893.[1] They became the first southern member admitted into the Football League in 1893, having spent their first four seasons solely participating in cup tournaments and friendlies.[2] The club's name was shortened to Arsenal in 1914, a year after moving to Highbury.[3] In spite of finishing fifth in the Second Division in 1915, Arsenal rejoined the First Division at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur when football resumed after the First World War.[4] Since that time, they have not fallen below the first tier of the English football league system and hold 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period in the top flight.[5] The club remained in the Football League until 1992, when its First Division was superseded as English football's top level by the newly formed Premier League, of which they were an inaugural member.[6] In 2003–04, Arsenal completed a league season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 85th and most recent different league opponent, A.F.C. Bournemouth, for the first time in the 2015–16 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 81 defeats from 195 meetings is more than they have lost against any other club. Liverpool have drawn 50 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 93 times out of 191 attempts.

Key

  • 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

Statistics correct as of matches played on 4 March 2017.
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 87 47 17 23 87 27 22 38 174 74 39 61 042.53 1904–05 2015–16
Barnsley 9 8 0 1 9 1 1 7 18 9 1 8 050.00 1898–89 1997–98
Birmingham City 62 40 18 4 62 17 15 30 124 57 33 34 045.97 1893–94 2010–11 [A]
Blackburn Rovers 54 31 15 8 54 21 15 18 108 52 30 26 048.15 1904–05 2011–12
Blackpool 37 27 8 2 37 13 13 11 74 40 21 13 054.05 1896–97 2010–11
Bolton Wanderers 59 36 16 7 59 15 16 28 118 51 32 35 043.22 1899–1900 2011–12
A.F.C. Bournemouth divisional rivals 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 4 3 1 0 075.00 2015–16 2016–17
Bradford City 11 6 2 3 11 3 3 5 22 9 5 8 040.91 1903–04 2000–01
Bradford Park Avenue 3 3 0 0 3 2 1 0 6 5 1 0 083.33 1913–14 1920–21
Brentford 7 3 1 3 7 2 1 4 14 5 2 7 035.71 1902–03 1946–47 [B]
Brighton & Hove Albion 4 3 1 0 4 2 0 2 8 5 1 2 062.50 1979–80 1982–83
Brighton United defunct 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 050.00 1898–99 1898–99 [C]
Bristol City 16 8 4 4 16 11 2 3 32 19 6 7 059.38 1898–99 1979–80 [C]
Burnley divisional rivals 46 28 9 9 46 14 21 18 92 42 20 30 045.65 1897–98 2016–17
Burton Swifts defunct 8 6 1 1 8 3 0 5 16 9 1 6 056.25 1893–94 1900–01
Burton United defunct 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 3 6 2 0 4 033.33 1901–02 1903–04
Burton Wanderers defunct 3 2 1 0 3 1 0 2 6 3 1 2 050.00 1894–95 1896–97
Bury 16 12 2 2 16 1 5 10 32 13 7 12 040.63 1894–95 1928–29
Cardiff City 16 8 5 3 16 5 6 5 32 13 11 8 040.63 1921–22 2013–14
Carlisle United 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 050.00 1974–75 1974–75
Charlton Athletic 26 16 5 5 26 16 6 4 52 32 11 9 061.54 1936–37 2006–07
Chatham 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.00 1899–1900 1899–1900 [D]
Chelsea divisional rivals 80 37 22 21 80 25 25 30 160 62 47 51 038.75 1907–08 2016–17
Chesterfield Town 5 5 0 0 5 2 1 2 10 7 1 2 070.00 1899–1900 1903–04
Coventry City 34 20 9 5 34 17 9 8 68 37 18 13 054.41 1967–68 2000–01
Crewe Alexandra 3 3 0 0 3 1 2 0 6 4 2 0 066.67 1893–94 1896–97
Crystal Palace divisional rivals 17 13 3 1 16 9 6 1 33 22 9 2 066.67 1969–70 2016–17
Darwen 5 4 0 1 5 2 1 2 10 6 1 3 060.00 1894–95 1898–99
Derby County 49 27 10 12 49 14 10 25 98 41 20 37 041.84 1904–05 2007–08
Doncaster Rovers 2 2 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 3 0 1 075.00 1901–02 1902–03
Everton divisional rivals 95 63 16 16 96 30 26 40 191 93 42 56 048.69 1904–05 2016–17
Fulham 28 23 5 0 28 14 5 9 56 37 10 9 066.07 1903–04 2013–14 [B]
Gainsborough Trinity 8 8 0 0 8 3 2 3 16 11 2 3 068.75 1895–96 1904–05
Glossop 7 6 1 0 7 6 0 1 14 12 1 1 085.71 1899–1900 1914–15 [D]
Grimsby Town 21 16 4 1 21 4 6 11 42 20 10 12 047.62 1893–94 1958–59
Huddersfield Town 32 15 9 8 32 10 14 8 64 25 23 16 039.06 1913–14 1971–72
Hull City divisional rivals 7 4 2 1 7 6 0 1 14 10 2 2 071.43 1913–14 2016–17
Ipswich Town 26 14 6 6 26 13 4 9 52 27 10 15 051.92 1954–55 2001–02
Kettering Town 3 2 1 0 3 2 0 1 6 4 1 1 066.67 1896–97 1898–99 [C]
Leeds City defunct 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 2 2 0 050.00 1913–14 1914–15
Leeds United 50 27 10 13 50 11 14 25 100 38 24 38 038.00 1924–25 2003–04
Leicester City divisional rivals 60 38 16 6 61 19 21 21 121 57 37 27 047.11 1894–95 2016–17 [E]
Leyton Orient 3 2 1 0 3 1 0 2 6 3 1 2 050.00 1913–14 1962–63 [F]
Lincoln City 13 10 3 0 13 3 4 6 26 13 7 6 050.00 1893–94 1914–15
Liverpool divisional rivals 93 40 31 22 93 24 19 50 186 64 50 72 034.41 1893–94 2016–17
Loughborough defunct 7 7 0 0 7 3 1 3 14 10 1 3 071.43 1895–96 1899–1900
Luton Town 22 17 3 2 22 6 8 8 44 23 11 10 052.27 1896–97 1991–92 [C]
Manchester City divisional rivals 88 53 21 14 89 34 22 33 177 87 43 47 049.15 1893–94 2016–17 [G]
Manchester United divisional rivals 97 53 19 25 98 15 27 56 195 68 46 81 034.87 1894–95 2016–17 [H]
Middlesbrough divisional rivals 60 37 17 6 59 21 15 83 119 58 32 29 048.74 1899–1900 2016–17
Middlesbrough Ironopolis defunct 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 100.00 1893–94 1893–94
Millwall 9 2 3 4 9 2 2 5 18 4 5 9 022.22 1896–97 1989–90 [C][I]
New Brighton Tower defunct 3 3 0 0 3 1 0 2 6 4 0 2 066.67 1898–99 1900–01
Newcastle United 82 43 17 22 82 23 19 40 164 66 36 62 040.24 1893–94 2015–16
Northampton Town 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 000.00 1965–66 1965–66
Northwich Victoria 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 050.00 1893–94 1893–94
Norwich City 25 16 7 2 25 7 11 7 50 23 18 9 046.00 1960–61 2015–16
Nottingham Forest 46 26 14 6 46 19 8 19 92 45 22 25 048.91 1904–05 1998–99
Notts County 22 11 5 6 22 6 2 14 44 17 7 20 038.64 1893–94 1991–92
Oldham Athletic 10 4 5 1 10 1 6 3 20 5 11 4 025.00 1910–11 1993–94
Oxford United 3 2 1 0 3 0 2 1 6 2 3 1 033.33 1985–86 1987–88
Portsmouth 34 18 9 7 34 11 14 9 68 29 23 16 042.65 1899–1900 2009–10 [D]
Port Vale 9 8 1 0 9 3 2 4 18 11 3 4 061.11 1893–94 1956–57 [J]
Preston North End 36 20 10 6 36 11 7 18 72 31 17 24 043.06 1901–02 1960–61
Queens Park Rangers 27 19 6 2 27 8 7 12 54 27 13 14 050.00 1899–1900 2014–15 [D]
Reading 5 4 1 0 5 4 1 0 10 8 2 0 080.00 1898–99 2012–13 [C]
Rushden Town defunct 3 3 0 0 3 2 0 1 6 5 0 1 083.33 1896–97 1898–99 [C]
Rotherham Town defunct 3 2 1 0 3 1 1 1 6 3 2 1 050.00 1893–94 1895–96
Sheffield United 47 30 8 9 47 8 14 25 94 38 22 34 040.43 1904–05 2006–07
Sheffield Wednesday 54 31 15 8 54 15 15 24 108 46 30 32 042.59 1899–1900 1999–2000 [K]
Southamptondivisional rivals 43 27 14 2 42 14 9 19 85 41 23 21 048.24 1897–98 2016–17 [C]
Stockport County 6 6 0 0 6 1 3 2 12 7 3 2 058.33 1900–01 1914–15
Stoke City divisional rivals 46 36 5 5 45 10 16 19 91 46 21 24 050.55 1904–05 2016–17 [L]
Sunderland divisional rivals 69 38 17 15 70 17 23 29 139 55 40 44 039.57 1904–05 2016–17
Swansea City divisional rivals 8 3 1 4 8 5 0 3 16 8 1 7 050.00 1981–82 2016–17
Swindon Town 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 050.00 1993–94 1993–94
Tottenham Hotspur divisional rivals 87 44 23 20 86 25 26 35 173 69 49 55 039.88 1896–97 2016–17 [C]
Walsall 7 4 3 0 7 1 0 6 14 5 3 6 035.71 1893–94 1900–01 [M]
Watford divisional rivals 10 5 1 4 10 5 0 5 19 10 1 8 052.63 1982–83 2016–17
Wellingborough Town 3 3 0 0 3 1 0 2 6 4 0 2 066.67 1896–97 1898–99 [C]
West Bromwich Albion divisional rivals 63 39 14 10 62 25 14 23 125 64 28 33 051.20 1902–03 2016–17
West Ham United divisional rivals 61 32 13 16 62 28 20 14 123 60 33 30 048.78 1901–02 2016–17 [B]
Wigan Athletic 8 7 0 1 8 5 2 1 16 12 2 2 075.00 2005–06 2012–13
Wimbledon defunct 14 4 7 3 14 9 1 4 28 13 8 7 046.43 1986–87 1999–2000 [N]
Wolverhampton Wanderers 49 27 14 8 49 20 11 18 98 47 25 26 047.96 1904–05 2011–12

Footnotes

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

General

  • Joy, Bernard (1952). Forward, Arsenal!. London: GCR Books Limited. ISBN 0-9559211-1-2. 
  • Kelly, Andrew. "Arsenal first team line-ups". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  • Soar, Phil; Tyler, Martin (2011). Arsenal 125: The Official Illustrated History 1886–2011. London: Hamlyn. ISBN 0-600-35871-2. 
  • "Arsenal: Head to Head". Statto Organisation. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 

Specific

  1. ^ Soar & Tyler (2011), p. 24.
  2. ^ Joy (1952), p. 9.
  3. ^ Joy (1952), p. 32.
  4. ^ Joy (1952), p. 28.
  5. ^ "Club profile – Arsenal". Premier League. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Rodrigues, Jason (2 February 2012). "Premier League football at 20: 1992, the start of a whole new ball game". theguardian.com. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Ian (15 May 2004). "Arsenal the Invincibles". BBC Sport. 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. 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. 
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