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Mikel Arteta edging closer to Arsene Wenger’s Premier League record

Mikel Arteta is chasing down Arsene Wenger’s London derby unbeaten record in the Premier League.

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As the Premier League season draws its curtain for the year 2023, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are preparing for another London derby on Thursday against West Ham, with an eye to surpass Chelsea in the derby table.

Having previously lost to West Ham in the Carabao Cup at the London Stadium, Arsenal now braces for a crucial 8:15 pm kick-off clash, with Mikel Arteta urging fans to make the atmosphere ‘rocking’ against the Hammers

A victory will take Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League table, following Liverpool’s 2-0 triumph over Burnley on Tuesday.

How has teams fared in the London derbies in the Premier League?

The last time Arsenal played a London club ended in a 1-0 victory over Brentford, which extended their impressive unbeaten streak in London derbies to 17 matches. A run which started after their defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham in May 2022.

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Arsenal are currently boasting the third-longest unbeaten run in Premier League history among London clubs. Should they avoid defeats against West Ham and Fulham before the end of the year, Mikel Arteta’s squad could match Chelsea’s 20-game streak, a record dated back to 2006.

However, to rival the competition’s most enduring unbeaten run in London derbies, Arsenal must reach the pinnacle set by Arsene Wenger’s team between November 2001 and August 2005. Their awe-inspiring stretch encompassed an unprecedented 35 games, a near-four-year accomplishment that commenced after a startling 4-2 defeat to Charlton Athletic at Highbury.

Arsenal’s dominance in London derbies extends beyond their unbeaten streak. The club stands as the ultimate victor in derby days, triumphing in an astounding 152 matches. Moreover, their points-per-game tally of 1.83 across 293 matches surpasses that of any other capital club, showcasing their consistent performance in these intense encounters.

Notably, Arsenal’s ability to amass points against fellow London teams eclipses all others, having secured an impressive tally of 508 goals. As the year draws to a close, Arsenal aims to add to this tally, eyeing further success in the remaining London derby matches before the turn of 2024.

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