The Premier League teams to open a year with eight consecutive wins - Kai Havertz Arsenal

The Premier League teams to open a calendar year with eight consecutive wins

Arsenal have found their groove to move top of the Premier League table with the Gunners opening 2024 with eight consecutive league wins.

After a mini-wobble over the festive period, the Gunners have produced a stunning run of form and now lead the Premier League title race on goal difference.

Mikel Arteta’s side are only the fourth team to have started a calendar year with eight straight Premier League wins and the omens are good for the Gunners as Arsenal chase a first league title in two decades.

We remember every team to have started a new year with eight consecutive victories.

The Premier League teams to open a year with eight consecutive wins:

Manchester United (2009)

Final position: Champions

Manchester United were the first team to start a calendar year with an eight-game winning, a run of results which lifted the Red Devils from third to first in the Premier League table.

Having ended the previous year with back-to-back wins over Stoke and Middlesbrough, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side started the new year with nine consecutive victories to make it 11 wins on the bounce.

The first of those saw title rivals Chelsea thrashed 3-0 and it was the club’s backline that propelled their push towards the top of the table.

Manchester United failed to concede a Premier League goal between November 8 and February 21, when Blackburn ended the club’s record of 14 consecutive clean sheets. Edwin van der Sar, who missed the game with Blackburn but conceded in the following fixture against Newcastle, set a world-record 1,311 minutes without conceding in the league.

The club’s 11-game winning run came to an end with a 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford, though Ferguson’s side held off the Merseysiders in the title race to become the first English team to win three consecutive top-flight titles on two separate occasions.

Liverpool (2020)

Final position: Champions

Liverpool set a new record for the best-ever start to a league season in one of Europe’s top five leagues during the 2019/20 campaign, a stunning start which set the foundation for a drought-breaking title triumph.

The Reds won 26 and drew one of their opening 27 Premier League games, creating a huge advantage that never looked like slipping. Their run included winning their first eight games to start the calendar year in 2020 until a shock 3-0 reverse at Watford ended the club’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

Jurgen Klopp’s side set a number of records during the campaign, including the biggest-ever lead at the top at any stage of a season (25 points) and the earliest title win in terms of games played (seven remaining).

Liverpool also levelled the landmarks for most wins (32) and consecutive wins (18), while winning a first league title in 30 years with a club-record 99 points.

Manchester City (2021)

Final position: Champions

Manchester City reclaimed the title from Liverpool the following season, with an incredible winning run seeing the Citizens surge to the Premier League.

A mixed start saw Pep Guardiola’s side win just five of their opening 12 league games, before embarking on a 15-game winning run from December 19 to March 2 to take control of the title race.

Ilkay Gundogan’s goalscoring form was the propulsion behind the club’s title charge, with their winning run including statement victories at Chelsea, Arsenal and defending champions Liverpool, the latter a first success at Anfield since 2003.

Arsenal (2024)

Current position: 1st

Arsenal’s eight-game winning run has taken the north Londoners top of the table on goal difference, in what is shaping as the most exciting title race of the Premier League era.

Just one point separates the top three teams after title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City played out a thrilling 1-1 draw at the weekend.

Arsenal have responded magnificently to a three-game winless run in late December, starting 2024 in flawless fashion with fine performances at both ends of the pitch. Mikel Arteta’s team have been defensively sound, topping the league for the lowest Expected Goals Against (xGA) conceded, while scoring prolifically in attack.

Arsenal became the first team in Premier League history to score 5+ goals in three consecutive away games and have netted 33 times during their run of eight straight wins. That goalscoring form has created the best goal difference in the division, the difference between the Gunners and second-placed Liverpool in the table at present.

Arteta’s side next faces an acid test in their pursuit of the title, with a trip to face defending champions Manchester City – a point behind them in the table – after the international break.

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