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Best Arsenal Managers Ever – Best Win Percentage & Most Wins Ratio Stats!

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The best Arsenal managers ever? Best Arsenal managers ever based on stats? Which Arsenal managers have the best win percentage ever? Arsenal former managers? Arsenal football managers? Here we look at the best Arsenal managers ever based on stats. Who are the best Arsenal managers ever?

What do all these Arsenal managers have in common? Well, they all managed Arsenal for starters. But furthermore, they are some of the best Arsenal managers ever. So here we will find out exactly who the best Arsenal managers ever are- based on stats.

Best Arsenal Managers Ever Based On Stats

Arsenal have had 27 managers in their history. The Gunners have collected 2,662 wins, 1,352 draws and 1,566 losses. So, which former Arsenal manager do you think was the best for the North London outfit? Well, we are going to find out. Here are the best Arsenal managers.

List Of Arsenal Managers

Name Nationality From To M W D L Win %
Thomas Mitchell  Scotland 30-03-1897 10-03-1898 45 23 8 14 51.11
Unknown 11-03-1898 10-04-1898 9 6 2 1 66.67
William Elcoat  England 11-04-1898 16-02-1899 44 21 6 17 47.73
Arthur Kennedy   England 21-02-1899 29-04-1899 15 8 3 4 53.33
Harry Bradshaw  England 30-06-1899 30-04-1904 235 118 44 73 50.21
Phil Kelso  Scotland 01-05-1904 09-02-1908 152 63 31 58 41.45
George Morrell  Scotland 10-02-1908 13-04-1915 309 113 74 122 36.57
James McEwen   England 19-04-1915 24-05-1919 2 1 0 1 50
Leslie Knighton  England 25-05-1919 16-05-1925 286 105 63 118 36.71
Herbert Chapman  England 11-06-1925 06-01-1934 411 204 97 110 49.64
Joe Shaw   England 06-01-1934 28-05-1934 23 14 3 6 60.87
George Allison  England 28-05-1934 31-05-1947 279 129 74 76 46.24
Tom Whittaker  England 02-06-1947 24-10-1956 430 203 106 121 47.21
Jack Crayston   England 24-10-1956 19-05-1958 81 34 17 30 41.98
George Swindin  England 21-06-1958 01-05-1962 186 76 43 67 40.86
Billy Wright  England 01-05-1962 13-06-1966 182 70 43 69 38.46
Bertie Mee   England 20-06-1966 04-05-1976 539 241 148 150 44.71
Terry Neill  Northern Ireland 09-07-1976 16-12-1983 416 187 117 112 44.95
Don Howe   England 16-12-1983 22-03-1986 117 54 32 31 46.15
Steve Burtenshaw   England 23-03-1986 14-05-1986 11 3 2 6 27.27
George Graham  Scotland 14-05-1986 21-02-1995 460 225 133 102 48.91
Stewart Houston   Scotland 21-02-1995 15-06-1995 19 7 3 9 36.84
Bruce Rioch  Scotland 15-06-1995 12-08-1996 47 22 15 10 46.81
Stewart Houston   Scotland 12-08-1996 13-09-1996 6 2 2 2 33.33
Pat Rice   Northern Ireland 13-09-1996 30-09-1996 4 3 0 1 75
Arsène Wenger  France 01-10-1996 13-05-2018 1,235 707 280 248 57.25
Unai Emery  Spain 23-05-2018 Present 37 23 6 8 62.16

Best Arsenal Managers Ever

Best Arsenal manager ever? To clarify, this table only includes managers who have been in charge for at least 20 games and all Arsenal Managers with a higher win-percentage than 50%.

Name From To M W D L Win %
Unai Emery 23-05-2018 Present 37 23 6 8 62.16
Joe Shaw  06-01-1934 28-05-1934 23 14 3 6 60.87
Arsène Wenger 01-10-1996 13-05-2018 1,235 707 280 248 57.25
Thomas Mitchell 30-03-1897 10-03-1898 45 23 8 14 51.11
Harry Bradshaw 30-06-1899 30-04-1904 235 118 44 73 50.21
Herbert Chapman 11-06-1925 06-01-1934 411 204 97 110 49.64
George Graham 14-05-1986 21-02-1995 460 225 133 102 48.91
William Elcoat 11-04-1898 16-02-1899 44 21 6 17 47.73
Tom Whittaker 02-06-1947 24-10-1956 430 203 106 121 47.21
Bruce Rioch 15-06-1995 12-08-1996 47 22 15 10 46.81

Top 5 Best Arsenal Managers Ever

Here are the top five best Arsenal managers ever based on win-percentages. But take note that win percentage might not be the sole parametre to judge a manager’s success by.

Since Unai Emery is currently in his first season with Arsenal, we are not considering his stat line.

Harry Bradshaw – Win Percentage Of 50.21%

One of the more prominent success stories in football, Harry Bradshaw was one of the early leaders for Arsenal.

The man never really had much of playing career but he found a lot of success as a manager. He was appointed into the head coaching position of Woolwich Arsenal in 1899.

Bradshaw had proved his worth with Burnley, leading them to the third spot of the England top-flight the previous season. He made his way over to the Highbury and signed plenty of quality footballers like Archie Cross, Percy Sands, Jimmy Jackson and Jimmy Ashcroft for Arsenal.

His brand of management was efficient and commanded a fluid form of play on the pitch. After several seasons of near-misses, Arsenal won promotion up to the first division in 1904 for the first time in the club’s history.

Bradshaw gave the North London club an identity of their own by signing eighteen of the twenty players in the squad. Unfortunately, the Scotsman could never lead the club to win the league title and eventually moved on to Fulham after his fifth season.

Thomas Mitchell – Win Percentage Of 51.11%

Thomas Mitchell is known as the first professional manager to have ever taken charge of Arsenal. He coached the club for only one season – 1897/98.

He reached the fifth spot of the second division and was dismissed by the end of the campaign.

Arsene Wenger – Win Percentage Of 57.25%

Best Arsenal Managers EverIf there is one manager who has been the most successful in the history of Arsenal, it would be Arsene Wenger but we are looking at the list through win percentage only.

There might not be a need to introduce this man to most people since everyone has come to associate the man with this club. Wenger is notably the longest-serving manager in Gunners history with a track record of 57.25% winning run.

He won the Premier League title three times with Arsenal and the FA Cup a record seven times. More than just winning a fair share of trophies in the English top-flight, he had a major influence on the game of professional football.

He implemented a lot of changes to scouting, players’ training and diet regimens. Wenger got the nickname “Le Professeur” from fans and the British media due to his studious demeanour.

Famous Arsenal Managers Who Won 

All ex-Arsenal managers with honours list. All the Arsenal managers that have won titles list. This includes Arsenal managers since 2000.

Name From  To M W D L Honours Won
Herbert Chapman 11-Jun-25 06-Jan-34 411 204 97 110 First Division champions: 1930–31, 1932–33
FA Cup winners: 1929–30
Charity Shield winners: 1930, 1931, 1933
Joe Shaw  06-Jan-34 28-May-34 23 14 3 6 First Division champions: 1933–34
George Allison 28-May-34 31-May-47 279 129 74 76 First Division champions: 1934–35, 1937–38
FA Cup winners: 1935–36
Charity Shield winners: 1934, 1938
Tom Whittaker 02-Jun-47 24-Oct-56 430 203 106 121 First Division champions: 1947–48, 1952–53
FA Cup winners: 1949–50
Charity Shield winners: 1948, 1953
Bertie Mee  20-Jun-66 04-May-76 539 241 148 150 First Division champions: 1970–71
FA Cup winners: 1970–71
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winners: 1969–70
Terry Neill 09-Jul-76 16-Dec-83 416 187 117 112 FA Cup winners: 1978–79
George Graham 14-May-86 21-Feb-95 460 225 133 102 First Division champions: 1988–89, 1990–91
FA Cup winners: 1992–93
Football League Cup winners: 1986–87, 1992–93
Charity Shield winners: 1991 (shared)
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup winners: 1993–94
Arsène Wenger 01-Oct-96 13-May-18 1,235 707 280 248 Premier League champions: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
FA Cup winners: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
Charity/Community Shield winners: 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2017

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