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The impressive stat which proves Arsenal are on the right track under Unai Emery



It's been a mixed season for Arsenal under Unai Emery thus far, but there's signs he's doing a very good job given the circumstances.


Life after Arsene Wenger began with back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, but then came a 22-game unbeaten run across all competitions which had some dreaming of a Premier League title bid.

However, defeat at Southampton before Christmas triggered a dip in form, while season-ending injuries to Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin saw the north London outfit slide down the table.

The January transfer window brought frustration for supporters as Emeryrevealed there was no funds available for any permanent signings and the club ended up bringing in Denis Suarez on loan.

There's also been the situation with Mesut Ozil. Left out of the squad completely at times which has been put down to injury and illness and nothing to do with his relationship with the Gunners head coach.

That coupled with an embarrassing Europa League round of 32 first-leg defeat away at BATE Borisov and a lack of defensive improvement has prompted some supporters to question if the former Paris Saint-Germain boss is the right person to lead the side forward.

Although, Sunday's win over Southampton means the Gunners are back in the top four and have a decent chance of sealing a return to the Champions League with 11 games remaining.

At this stage of the season that's realistically what fans could have hoped for back in August, so it does seem Emery is doing as well as he could have been expected to do in his first season in charge.

And there's an interesting stat which proves Arsenal are on the right track under the Spanish tactician.

Unai Emery gives his team the thumbs up against Southampton.

Victory over the Saints not only moved the Gunners above Manchester United in the table, but also put them on 53 points which is their highest total after 27 games for five seasons.

Whilst it won't count for much right now, it does show improvement have been made this term.

10 more points are needed to match last season's points tally and they're on course to equal their best points total in the past five years which is 79 and that was enough to seal a top four finish in the 2013/2014 season.

We've taken a look at how many points Arsenal have had after 27 games in each of the last five full seasons and where they finished.

2017/18 - 45pts

Away form was the issue in what turned out to be Wenger's final season in charge. Following defeat in the north London derby at Wembley they had 45 points after 27 games and never got back into contention for the top four.

They had to fend off competition from Burnley for a top six finish, but it was very much a season to forget apart from all the emotional Wenger farewell stuff.

Final position: 6th (63pts)

2016/17 - 50 pts

This was a season which started off well, had a very bad middle and then ended with the side beating the Premier League champions Chelsea in the FA Cup final with Per Mertesacker delivering a masterclass of a performance on only his second appearance of the campaign.

The title bid went up in smoke following three defeats in five against Watford, Chelsea and Liverpool then a loss at West Brom left the side on 50 points after 27 games and they would go on to miss out on Champions League football for the first time in over 20 years.

Final position: 5th (75pts)

2015-2016 - 51 pts

Arsenal were very much going for the league title this season and it was Wenger's last realistic chance to be king of England.

A dramatic win over Leicester City reduced the gap to a couple of points, but in the very next game they lost to a weakened Man United side at Old Trafford which left them on 51 points after 27 games.

Final position: 2nd (71pts)

2014-2015 - 51 pts

Form was patchy during the first half of this season, but Wenger found a winning formula after recalling Francis Coquelin on loan from Charlton Athletic and paired him in central midfield with Santi Cazorla.

Results picked up during the festive period and the team responded to defeat by Spurs by winning three in row to end gameweek 27 on 51 points which had them third in table behind Chelsea and Manchester City.

Final position: 3rd (75pts)

2013/2014 - 59pts

Arsenal were genuine title challengers this season. But injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott proved to be too much to overcome and they fell away during the second half of the campaign.

A 5-1 loss away at Liverpool knocked them off top spot and were a point behind Chelsea after 27 games of that season.

Final position: 4th (79pts)

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