How did Arsenal fare in their bogey month November?

Gabriel of Arsenal (C) reacts during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Arsenal and Reading at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal fans had reasons to be worried at the start of November.

Not only did they have tricky fixtures ahead against Tottenham, Manchester United and Paris St Germain, there was also the fact that Arsenal's record in November is worse than any other month.  

Before this year, the Gunners had taken just 1.59 points per game in November under Arsene Wenger. By way of contrast, they average 2.18 points per game in March and 2.09 points per game in April.

Arsenal month-by-month Premier League record under Arsene Wenger

Month Played Won Drawn Lost Goal diff. Points per game
January 74 39 23 12 72 1.89
February 71 41 17 13 60 1.97
March 72 48 13 11 69 2.18
April 89 53 27 9 109 2.09
May 60 35 12 13 55 1.95
August 65 35 17 13 56 1.88
September 70 44 18 8 86 2.14
October 74 47 18 9 87 2.15
November 81 37 18 26 34 1.59
December 109 63 28 18 85 1.99

This year, they went unbeaten in the league in their bogey month, and with draws against Tottenham and United, and a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, they averaged 1.7 points per Premier League game.

Arsenal's November 2016 results

1 Nov: Ludogorets 2-3 Arsenal – Champions League
6 Nov: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham – Premier League
19 Nov: Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal – Premier League
23 Nov: Arsenal 2-2 PSG – Champions League
27 Nov: Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth – Premier League
30 Nov: Arsenal 0-2 Southampton – EFL Cup

It keeps their overall average at 1.59 points per Premier League game for November.

However, there was also the frustrating 2-2 draw with PSG which knocked them off the top of their Champions League group, and the 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final defeat to Southampton to finish the month.

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So although Arsenal avoided a collapse, they will still probably be glad to see the back of November for another year.

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