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Arsenal: Arsene Wenger is worth 16.6 points to the overachieving Gunners every season

by | 17th, February 2013

WHAT is Arsene Wenger worth to Arsenal? Of late, the one who, as the famous banners declares Knows has had his position questioned. Results have gone against the Gunners. Defeats to lower league opposition in this season’s domestic cups and no silverware since 2005 are cited as evidence for Wenger’s declining influence. But to get rid of Wenger would be wrong. It’s not that Wenger’s Arsenal is failing; it’s more that his side have been fighting above their weight for years.

A study by Zach Slaton, a US analyst, shows that in the past nine seasons, Wenger’s Gunners have won, on average, 16.6 points more than their transfer spend should expect to gain.

He notes :

Premier League teams who spend as much as Arsenal have the last several years tend to have an average table position of seventh. Over the long term, teams that spend “as little” as Arsenal does are expected to finish tenth or worse once every ten years.

Let’s see it in graphs:

The first table of data presented below represents the overall manager rankings from all 20 years of the Premier League. As the overall ranking was supplied in the earlier post, a comparison to each manager’s performance from the previous ranking (through the 2010/11 season) is also supplied as a part of this table.

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