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Arsenal v Leeds (who have had 27 managers so far this century)

By Bulldog Drummond

Arsenal have the third-best home record in the league this season – here are the top clubs for home matches only.  Manchester United have the same number of home points but have played two more home games than we have.

Home games only

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 17 14 3 0 45 7 38 45
2 Manchester City 17 13 2 2 50 13 37 41
3 Arsenal 17 11 2 4 28 15 13 35
4 Manchester United 19 10 5 4 32 22 10 35
5 Tottenham Hotspur 17 11 1 5 34 19 15 34
6 West Ham United 18 9 4 5 31 24 7 31
7 Chelsea 16 8 5 3 32 18 14 29

This means when we come to compare Arsenal at home with Leeds away ahead of tomorrow’s game we can see a distinct Arsenal advantage...

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
3 Arsenal home 17 11 2 4 28 15 13 35
13 Leeds United away 17 4 5 8 20 38 -18 17

From 11 December to 10 March Leeds went on a terrible run of away games in the league

Date Game Result Score
11 Dec 2021 Chelsea v Leeds United L 3-2
14 Dec 2021 Manchester City v Leeds United L 7-0
16 Jan 2022 West Ham United v Leeds United W 2-3
09 Feb 2022 Aston Villa v Leeds United D 3-3
12 Feb 2022 Everton v Leeds United L 3-0
23 Feb 2022 Liverpool v Leeds United L 6-0
05 Mar 2022 Leicester City v Leeds United L 1-0

Not just one win in seven but also a terribly large number of goals conceded: 25 in seven games.

Since then however, they have picked up, with victories over Norwich, Wolverhampton, and Watford and draws with Southampton and Palace.   So the last six games have yielded three wins, two draws and one defeat (to Man City). 

But of course, these are for the most part games against lower-level teams.  True, I know that as things stand Palace are 12th, and we lost to them, but Leeds have not for the most part been playing teams from the top six.

Except as it turns out in their last match where they had Manchester City at home and lost 0-4.

That result left Leeds very close to the drop zone despite their recent improvements…

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
16 Burnley 34 7 13 14 31 46 -15 34
17 Leeds United 34 8 10 16 38 72 -34 34
18 Everton 33 9 5 19 35 55 -20 32
19 Watford 34 6 4 24 32 69 -37 22
20 Norwich City 34 5 6 23 22 71 -49 21

With there being a six-point gap between Burnley and the club above them – Southampton – this really is the group seeking to avoid relegation, which is why Leeds will be fighting all the way in this game.

However, with 72 goals conceded in 34 games (2.12 a game) they have the worst defence in the league.  Last season after 38 games the worst defence (West Bromwich) conceded 76, so this season with four games to go, we could have two teams concede even more goals.

So Leeds really have taken a tumble compared with last season – and indeed if we look at the final table for last season we can see just how much things have changed

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
7 Tottenham Hotspur 38 18 8 12 68 45 23 62
8 Arsenal 38 18 7 13 55 39 16 61
9 Leeds United 38 18 5 15 62 54 8 59
10 Everton 38 17 8 13 47 48 -1 59

Tottenham and Arsenal have moved up from their 7th and 8th positions, while Leeds and Everton are fighting out the last relegation position with Burnley this season.  Indeed this shows why consistency of management is so helpful.   If the club keeps changing managers all the time, it is as easier to slip to the bottom than it is to rise to the top.

Leeds have had no less than 27 managers this century, 16 of whom have managed more than ten games.  Here is the list of the most recent collection starting with Milanic who joined in September 2014 and ending with Jesse Marsch who joined in February this year.

  P W D L F A Win% PPG
Darko Milanič 6 0 3 3 4 8 0.00 0.50
Neil Redfearn 33 11 7 15 36 44 33.34 1.25
Uwe Rösler 12 2 6 4 11 16 16.67 1.00
Steve Evans 38 14 12 12 44 45 36.84 1.37
Garry Monk 53 25 11 17 69 55 47.17 1.63
Thomas Christiansen 33 15 5 13 50 38 45.45 1.51
Paul Heckingbottom 16 4 4 8 18 27 25.00 1.00
Marcelo Bielsa 170 80 33 57 224 155 47.10 1.81
Jesse Marsch 8 3 2 3 9 12 37.50 1.37

The point here is that in terms of win percentage Marcelo Bielsa was the second best out of that group and in fact the sixth-best manager (who has stayed for over 10 games) that Leeds have ever had in terms of win percentage.

In fact Bielsa was the most successful manager (who lasted over 10 games) ever at Leeds in terms of points per game.   And they sacked him, replacing him with someone with a worse record.

It’s a funny ol’ game.

2 comments to Arsenal v Leeds (who have had 27 managers so far this century)

  • bushido

    not in my wildest dream that i gonna believe that a person in the same generation as me is the manager of Arsenal football club, but in reality that is really happening. to see a person this young managed to transform and change the culture of a football club after period of toxicity is so impressive, not to mention how he manage to bring together majority of supporters and fans into the same mind set. now the club can move together with supporters and fans as a single massive forces, hopefully into Champions League football next season

  • John L

    When, for once, a decisive Liverpool win is wanted, they are well below-par. I have never seen them put so many aimless high balls into the box, nor seen their defence look so suspect as on the few occasions when Spurs were attacking.
    The longer the game went on, the more likely it seemed that Spurs might win. At least a draw is preferable to that.

    Whilst Spurs relied on their parked bus and the occasional breakaway attack, they did do it well. Credit where due, their resolute defending was impressive. Salah was completely ineffective and Lloris did not really have much to do.

    Let’s just hope that Arsenal performances maintain a high standard in the remaining fixtures, starting with Leeds, who will not be easy opponents.

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