Analysis – How many points have Arsenal recovered from losing positions?

How many points have Arsenal recovered from losing positions in the Premier League? by SE

Arsene Wenger’s men have recovered well since experiencing an underwhelming start to their Barclays Premier League campaign that saw them accrue just 23 points from their first 15 league fixtures. It has not been a dominant season from Arsenal, who have had to grind out some results and come-from-behind to draw games. From that point of view: how many points have Arsenal recovered from potential losing positions in the league this season?

In their very first league fixture of this season, the Gunners had to dig deep and find a way of overcoming a beleaguered Crystal Palace side that had lost their manger Tony Pulis a day before the season started. Palace took the lead through Brede Hangeland’s header in the 35th minute but ended up losing the game, as Aaron Ramsey’s stoppage time goal have his team all three points after Laurent Koscielny had equalized earlier in the second half. The North Londoners recovered 3 points from an unpleasant situation in their very first competitive game of the season.

Arsenal’s next league assignment was an away trip to Goodison Park. The Toffees began well and went 2-0 ahead by the end of the first half. The score line remained at 2-0 in favor of the home side until the 83rd minute, when Aaron Ramsey halved the 2-goal deficit and set some panic in the hosts’ ranks. Olivier Giroud then scored a terrific headed goal in the 90th minute, which came as a result of a beautifully delivered cross from Nacho Monreal on Arsenal’s left-hand-side. Arsenal once again came from behind to recover a crucial away point.

Wenger’s side produced another dramatic encounter at the Emirates, as they went toe-to-toe with the reigning English champions, Manchester City. Sergio Aguero had put the visitors ahead in the first half, and the hosts couldn’t find the back of Joe Hart’s net despite constructing some great passing moves and getting past a shaky City backline. Jack Wilshere, though, stepped up after the hour mark and scored a brilliantly chipped goal that shifted the momentum in Arsenal’s favor. Manuel Pellegrini’s men were all over the place, as they failed to cope with the Arsenal pressure and conceded a second in the space of 10 minutes. Alexis Sanchez caressed a beautiful volley to the left of Hart in the 74th minute, to give the hosts a 1-goal lead that they, however, couldn’t cling onto. It was a high-octane battle that ended with Arsenal recovering a point from a potential losing position.

Arsenal faced a home clash against Tottenham Hotspur in their 6th league game of the season. Arsenal enjoyed lots of possession in this one, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side was always a menace on the counterattack. Spurs took the lead through Nacer Chadli’s calm finish in the 56th minute, as Arsenal were undone by a swift visitors’ counterattack. Given the Gunners’ grit, though, the game was far from over. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalized for the hosts after Danny Welbeck failed to make contact with the ball, but his compatriot was on hand to harness the opportunity and recover another point from a losing position for the Gunners.

Arsenal’s nightmarish start to their league campaign continued, as they lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and had Hull City to take care off in their subsequent league fixture. Sanchez put the hosts ahead after 13 minutes, but Mohammed Diame and Abel Hernandez came up with a goal each to give Steve Bruce’s side a one-goal lead that threatened to hand Arsenal their second successive league defeat. But Welbeck came to his side’s rescue this time around and equalized in the 91st minute, to recover a point for the currently 3rd placed team on the Premier League table.

Those 7 points recovered by Arsenal from losing positions, have been crucial to their season and could see them achieve a higher position than the usual 4th.

Suhith Kumar


  1. Well done to wenger and all the players, they did their best, is just always fall short for us and please make this commitment week in week out.

    Ospina – not much to do at his end.
    Mert – did his job but any decent player can out run or out jump him.
    Monreal – the most improve arsenal player.
    Bellerin – A future star in making.
    Cox – Hard working impressive defensive player but don’t know why he was a forgotten son when we really need a DM in the beginning.
    Carzola – slow start but eventually did a good job.
    Ozil – Can see him really want to do good for arsenal, at the end of game still run down to defend.
    Sanchez – Start to down form lately but still very energetic.
    Welback – Still a bit low in confidence, start to show more on the game, should do more run with the ball using the wing.
    Giroud – not much holding and flicking in this game but did impressed me lately.
    Ramsey – more confident with the ball, hope he can stay composure from now on, need both his defensive and offensive running.
    Gibb – improvement of monreal, make him look worsen.
    Walcott – seen like he is not wenger 1st 11 any more, not enough game time to run in.

    Feel a bit down that we are out after a good game, got a feeling that if we can out turn this leg, we may go far this time.

    1. Full of praise for pretty much the same players that cost us the tie with that disgraceful first leg.

      Out with em all.

      Ot: Messi looks pretty average, not sure what the fuss is about.

      1. Wenger has a loser mentality. He has no tactics in big games. I think he should resign after this season. I am tired of getting beat at home in 1st leg then we comeback too late.

    2. What well done we were beaten by the worst team in the UCL this season. We cant even knock out a third grade French team. Can you imagine how many goals Barca and Bayern would have scored againt us?

  2. 2 of those are not points gained from losing positions, but points lost from winning positions.
    Add pool to that, Swansea and Tottenham.

  3. Watching Barca v City…Barca different class with Messi Neymar & Suarez upfront!

    As Arsene said today perhaps we are better off in Europa league!

  4. Haha Sagna handed Barca a free goal, glad we got rid of him.

    City are very low on confidence, got a feeling they might not make top 4. Would rather have them than Manu or pool in top 4.

  5. That award moment when Sagna happens to be you father and you are watching him getting helplessly messed up against Barcelona.

  6. its easy to play for barca, just pass it to messi LOL, no one can touch him, amazing, gap between him and rest is unreal, this is what sanchez needs to do, even ronaldo with all his work and training, cant influence game as messi can, crazy!!!

    1. Is it because Joe hart has been stopping every Messi shot, just curious. Messi has becoem a more finesse finisher these days.

  7. Wenger is a loser. He said last night we would be better off to play in Europa League. He doesn’t
    even care whether we win all lose. He is all about his useless philosophy.

    1. I think it was a slight dig at the players more than anything. Almost the same 11 played in the first leg as in the 2nd, with the only change being Monreal for Gibbs. Monreal not playing in first leg was a big decision and it cost us two goals in the first leg as Gibbs is nowehere to be seen for those 2nd and 3rd goals in the first leg.

  8. hart is stopping everything from Messi and Neymar. Other wise City could’ve been on the end of a 5, 6 or 7.

    1. I’d go nuts if we got all of them

      Actually, I’d be happy with just Schneiderlin and lacazette, but all 4 would be awesome

      They would only cost less than £100 mil total but improve us loads.

      I would also release diaby and Flamini and sell Podolski and Sanogo or Campbell

  9. we need a proper manager to take up to the next level……

    Klopp, Simone, De Boer, Rodgers, Moyes, Martinez, Koeman and Laudraup etc…..

    these are fans fav managers and they guarantee titles

  10. Lets kick on from here and support our team.

    PS The FA need to look at moving the season so players have more than 2 weeks off after a world cup. I would drop the league cup and take the EPL down to 15/17 teams. This would help our teams in Europe and also the national team. Come on it’s not all about the money it’s about winning trophies.

    1. We have lost all of our teams out of the UCL something has to be done. Give me another solution? If we take a winter break something has to give.

  11. Some of Wenger,s changes wee frustrating in DAT match.Whats d point of replacing Montreal wen we had an option of Akpom in attack to replace Ozil who wz clearly tired or Mertasacker who wz not of any benefit in d game as a whole OE even replace Sanchez. Wenger is too maize wrh changes most times

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