Against Man Utd last weekend, Arsenal (other than losing their third game in row) broke a record for the amount of players used in the League season.
The introductions of both Nico Yennaris and Ju Young Park brought this season’s total up to 32 players, which is exactly DOUBLE the amount the Bertie Mee used when Arsenal did the Double in 1970/71.
Arsenal have only played 22 League games this season, while the 16 players that Bertie Mee used actually played a massive 64 games that season. So although every goes on about how much more physical football was in “those days” they certainly didn’t seem to have the massive injury lists that Arsenal seem to have every single year of this century!
The official Arsenal site records that the previous record of 30 players used was equalled two seasons ago, and the LOWEST amount used since the Premiership started was 22 in 2003/04 when “The Invincibles” won the title.
One ominous piece of the statistics was this: Looking at the 13 league seasons in Arsenal’s history that have featured the most players (29 or more), the average finishing league position is 9.2, though this does include a title-winning campaign (1937/38).
In contrast, the 13 seasons in which Arsenal used the fewest players (19 or under) have resulted in an average finishing position of 4.1, and included four championships.
So these figures don’t bode well for Arsenal’s finishing position this season….