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Arsenal’s emphatic 3-2 comeback win over Manchester United in the Premier League meant the Gunners are enjoying their best start to an English top flight season, having amassed 50 points from their first 19 games. They have also reached that magic number faster than Arsene Wenger’s famous ‘Invincibles’ side of the 2003/04 season, who had 45 points from their first 19 games. The Gunners are currently at the summit of the league and are now staring at a first Premier League title after 20 long years.

The win against the Red Devils at home was Arsenal’s 16th this season, off 19 played. They have lost only once in the first-half of this season, with that sole defeat coming against United during the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in September last year. Arsenal’s title charge, which was being doubted is looking real now, as we compare their best start to the season amongst others in the history of the Premier League, and how those starts came to an end.

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Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Manchester United helped them to their best first-half of the season in the club’s Premier League history. Credits: Twitter

History on Arsenal’s side after best start to the season

Arsenal’s 50 points have so much importance, as Mikel Arteta has steered them to their best start to the season, eclipsed the Invincibles’ points tally at this point of the season, and has most importantly, cemented the club’s title challenge. While the start may have been different and more significant, Arteta would expect the dame end product as the Invincibles, who went on to lift the Premier League trophy.

But despite taking down their own Invincibles’ record, Arsenal still rank fifth on the all-time list of the best starts to a Premier League season. The ones of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are ranked above Arsenal’s current record, with the Reds even appearing twice on that list. Moreover, with Arteta’s side claiming the fifth spot in the rankings, they will also be boosted by how the ends of their other compatriots’ starts culminated.

The first on the list are defending league champions Manchester City, who are rather sitting second in the ongoing season, five points adrift of the Gunners who have a game in hand. City recorded the best start to a Premier League season by a team in the history of the competition, by racking up 55 points at this stage of the 17/18 season. And no wonder they went on to clinch their maiden title of Pep Guardiola’s regime, by also tallying a record 100 points.

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After achieving fifth best start to the season in the history of the Premier League, Arsenal are now aiming to win it after a wait of 20 long years. Credits: Twitter

Liverpool take the second spot here, with the same number of points as City’s record-breakers after 19 games during the 2019/20 season. That was fruitful as well, with the Reds claiming their first league title in 30 years, and first under Jurgen Klopp. However, they fell short of that triple-digit magic number, eventually ending up with 99 points.

Jose Mourinho’s 2004/05 Chelsea side, who won their second successive league title come third on the list. The Blues recorded 52 points till the half-way point of the season, and successfully defended their crown by amassing 91 points by the end of the 38 rounds. Fourth on the list are Liverpool again, rather the ‘unlucky Liverpool’. The 2018/19 season saw Klopp’s men collect 51 points from the first 19 games, and 97 by the end of the remaining 19.

However, they still managed to lose the title to rivals City, who won it by 98 points, and still are not on this list. Arteta’s Arsenal have now claimed the fifth position on the table, with 50 points for 19 games. And as history speaks for itself, three of the other four records on the list have ended up culminating league titles for their respective sides, and Arsenal will now hope to inspire from it and go on to clinch their first title in two decades.