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39 days to new Premier League season plus a fun fact highlights Arsenal’s own goal woes

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As the excitement builds for the start of the 2024/25 Premier League season, fans are eagerly anticipating the return of their favorite clubs to the pitch. With just 39 days remaining until the first whistle blows, it’s the perfect time to delve into some intriguing trivia about the teams vying for glory.

For Arsenal supporters, one particularly fascinating statistic emerges from the club’s history in the Premier League. Over the years, a staggering 39 different players have found the back of their own net while representing the Gunners.

This unwanted distinction is led by former Arsenal defender Kolo Toure, who holds the dubious record of scoring three own goals during his time with the North London club. Toure, who was part of the iconic “Invincibles” squad that went undefeated in the 2003-04 season, will undoubtedly be hoping this particular stat does not detract from his otherwise illustrious career at the Emirates.

The 2023/24 season saw Arsenal finish a close second in the league, with 89 points, just two behind champions Manchester City’s 91-point haul. Despite the disappointment of narrowly missing out on the title, the Gunners’ impressive performance has set the stage for an intriguing campaign ahead.

As Mikel Arteta and his squad gear up for the new season, they will be aiming to avoid any unwanted contributions to the own goal tally. With the fans’ unwavering support and the team’s determination to challenge for the title once again, the Gunners will be hopeful of writing a new chapter in their storied history – one that is free from the occasional self-inflicted wounds that have plagued them in the past.

The countdown to the Premier League’s return is well underway, and Arsenal supporters will be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to cheer on their team as they seek to mount a serious title challenge in the upcoming season.

Hello there, Am Mumbere Ausbel from Uganda and I am a writer at Arsenal True Fans and I love watching football matches so much because it's my favourite sport. I am an optimistic person who usually likes to look at the good side of everything.

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