Two wins from 25: The full horror of Arsene Wenger's record against his main Premier League rivals

Alistair Tweedale
The Telegraph
Wenger is facing growing calls to leave, and his record against the Premier League's best managers may have something to do with that - PA
Wenger is facing growing calls to leave, and his record against the Premier League's best managers may have something to do with that - PA

The influx of superstar managers to the Premier League over the past few years has had one major casualty: Arsene Wenger.

The likes of Manuel Pellegrini and Brendan Rodgers were forced out to make way for managerial monoliths such as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, though while they departed with their reputations in tact, Wenger has suffered at the hands of his rivals to such an extent that the vast majority of Arsenal fans now want him to leave.

Indeed, Wenger has long struggled in the biggest matches, though while the days of conceding eight at Old Trafford, six at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge and five at Anfield seem now to have passed, there remains a significant mark against his name when it comes to playing the headline fixtures.

The Arsenal manager has an utterly woeful record against the current managers of the Premier League's 'big six', winning just two of 25 games against them in games in England's top flight.

Over the course of more than a decade against Jose Mourinho, Wenger has failed to win a single Premier League meeting, while he has not yet beaten Klopp's Liverpool or Guardiola's Manchester City.

Wenger vs big six managers

He did beat Antonio Conte - 3-0 earlier this season - but that win came before Conte's Chelsea had truly become Conte's Chelsea. In fact, that match inspired the change to the three-man defence that has been the bedrock of their surge to the Premier League's summit.

Wenger's only other win against the 'big six' managers came against Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, but that was back in 2013 when the Argentine was still in his first year as Southampton manager. 

So other than a 2-0 home win over mid-table Southampton and an (admittedly impressive) trouncing of Chelsea for which they are probably grateful, Wenger has no wins in his 23 games against the Premier League's biggest names.

He faces Guardiola for the second time in English football on Sunday, having lost their previous meeting 2-1 in Manchester in December. After going ahead through Theo Walcott, Arsenal fell apart in true Arsenal style.

Arsene Wengers most humiliating defeats as Arsenal manager

The capitulation in losing 5-1 both at home and away to Bayern Munich rather summed up Arsenal's meekness when it comes to facing the very best, and was the final straw for many of the aforementioned fans.

But it has been a gradual build up of feeling for many more supporters who have grown tired of seeing their team fail against their rivals over and over again, in what is now laughably predictable fashion.

If Wenger is to win any of those fans over before he eventually departs, a few more wins against the teams also challenging for Champions League football would be a start.

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