How Mikel Arteta stacks up against Arsenal predecessors including Unai Emery
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Mikel Arteta has admitted he is "worried" about Arsenal's current form – and fans of the club may have concerns of their own with a glance at some latest statistics.
The Spaniard got his managerial career off to a flying start after taking up the reins last December, going on to lift the FA Cup in his first season.
Picking up results in the Premier League hasn't been quite so straightforward for Arteta however, particularly so far this season.
Sunday's 0-0 draw with Leeds – albeit with 10 men – was not the result Arsenal would have hoped for, and they have now won less than half of their opening nine fixtures.
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The result at Elland Road follows a run of just one win in the previous four fixtures, with Arsenal currently languishing in 11th place in the table.
Arteta has banked a total of 46 points from his first 29 matches in charge of Arsenal – an average of less than two points per game.
Here's how he stacks up against the three bosses who have gone before him.
Unai Emery – 57 points (all after 29 matches)
Unai Emery had 11 more points than his successor at this stage of his tenure
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Heavily maligned as a failure for his stint at Arsenal post-Wenger, but Emery's tenure did gather pace fairly quickly.
After suffering two consecutive defeats to Man City and Chelsea, Arsenal then went on a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
On the way they earned a point against Liverpool and Man Utd, as well as securing local bragging rights with victory over rivals Tottenham.
Things soon turned sour though as in Emery's second season in charge, Arsenal went their longest period without a victory since 1992, stretching seven games.
He was sacked at the end of November with Arsenal eight points off the top four – just three points more than their current deficit under Arteta.
Arsene Wenger – 48 points
The legendary Gunners' boss had a similarly patchy start like Arteta
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It seems strange to think Arsenal's most successful ever manager was greeted with so much scepticism upon his arrival at Highbury.
Wenger joined the Gunners from then-relatively unknown Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight.
He took over an in-form side seven games into the campaign and kept the club largely atop the table until around February when they dropped off leaders Man Utd.
But a late flurry of results saw them finish third in the table, just seven points off the champions – a title they would claim the following season.
Bruce Rioch – 48 points
Rioch improved Arsenal's league form but was swiftly relieved of his duties
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Rioch lasted just one season in the Arsenal hot seat, despite leading them to a fifth place finish, which was significantly better than the 12th spot they claimed the previous season.
He kick-started his reign with a seven-match unbeaten run, and just three defeats in his opening 18 fixtures, though it was a period littered with draws.
Problems off the field proved to be Rioch's downfall though, as a row with Arsenal's leading striker Ian Wright, as well as the club's board over transfers, saw him sacked at the start of the 1996/97 season.
His greatest contribution to Arsenal was arguably the signing of legendary forward Dennis Bergkamp.
Mikel Arteta – 46 points (all after 29 games)
Arsenal have won just four of their nine league fixtures so far this season
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Took over a struggling Arsenal side mid-season and picked up just one win in his first seven league games – though that victory against Man Utd offered plenty of promise.
A run of three wins on the bounce followed before the season was suspended, with Arsenal's form since Project Restart too inconsistent to mount a serious top four challenge.
This season started brighter with two solid opening wins, before being schooled by Liverpool ahead of a subsequent poor run.
The 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa prior to the international break was the low point, and Arteta knows results must begin to improve sooner rather than later.