Arsenal’s defeat to Bradford City in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday has prompted much criticism of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, but is it deserved?
A trawl through the statistics covering Wenger’s time as Gunners boss shows that Arsenal have made their worst start to a season under the Frenchman in terms the number of points they have earned and the position they find themselves in the league table after 16 games.
Factor in their Capital One Cup humiliation and it’s easy to see why sections of supporters at the Emirates are starting to get a little restless.
However, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the furthest off the pace Arsenal have been under Wenger at this stage of the season.
Back in the 2005/06 season, the Gunners were in sixth position after 16 games but 17 points off the lead and four points off the Champions League places.
They might be down in seventh at the same stage of the current campaign, but Arsenal are only 15 points off top spot and two points behind fourth-placed Everton.
And the good news for Gunners fans is that the end of 2005/06 season saw Arsenal contest the Champions League final against Barcelona in Paris.
Scroll down to see Arsenal’s league position after 16 games in every season they have played under Wenger:
|Year||Position after 16 games|