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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 April, 2004, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Arsenal stat attack
With another devastating display of attacking football, Arsenal reclaimed the Premiership title at Tottenham's White Hart Lane on Sunday - a full three weeks before the end of the season.

Despite the best efforts of super-rich Chelsea and battle-tough Manchester United, the Gunners have dominated the top flight as few clubs have before them.

Here - in statistical terms - is how they have done it.

POINTS MAKE PRIZES

Arsenal have 82 points - and could get a maximum of 94
Arsenal have 82 points - and could get a maximum of 94

If Arsenal pick up at least 10 points from their remaining four fixtures, they will pass Manchester United's record Premiership points tally of 91 for a 38-game season in 1999/2000.

A total of 11 points or more will give them the overall top-flight points record, beating the 92 amassed by the Red Devils in a 42-game campaign in 1993/94.

And, if the Gunners stay unbeaten until the end, they will become the first team to finish a top-flight English season without a loss since Preston in 1888/89.

GOAL RUSH

Arsenal have scored 69 goals, eight more than nearest rivals, Chelsea and Manchester United.

This breaks down into a league-leading 38 goals at Highbury and 31 goals on their travels (one less than Chelsea) at an overall average of 2.03 goals per league game.

OLD-SCHOOL DEFENDING

Manager Arsene Wenger has restored the defensive stoicism that characterised Arsenal sides of the past.

Having shipped only 24 goals, they are likely to have the best defensive record since their 1998/99 side (which conceded 17) and have leaked five fewer goals than Chelsea.

Against all league opposition they have allowed only one goal per 127.5 minutes.

GOAL DIFFERENCE DOES NOT LIE

Arsenal have scored 45 goals more than they have conceded, making them an average of 1.32 goals better than their league opposition.

Manchester United were only 1.05 goals better than their rivals when they won the league by five points last year.

BIG IS NOT BEST

Contrary to west London opinion, smaller is better when it comes to first-team squads.

Arsene Wenger has given at least 25 Premiership starts to eight players, five more than Claudio Ranieri has at Chelsea.

THE HENRY FACTOR

Thierry Henry has been involved in 39 goals (29 scored and 10 assists), which represents 56.5% of Arsenal's total of 69.

Incredibly, this still leaves the Frenchman behind the blistering pace he set last season, when he was involved in 51 of his side's 85 goals, or 60%.

MIDFIELD MAESTRO

Robert Pires has added 14 goals from midfield, five more than his nearest rivals in the position - Paul Scholes (Manchester United) and Luis Boa Morte (Fulham).



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