After six games last season we were 13th with seven points having won just two of our opening six games.
It’s strange to look back on that and think that we still managed to record our best ever start to a Premier League campaign last term, which technically ended with us occupying a top four spot over the Christmas period before we spent the second half of the season dropping like a stone to the bottom half of the table.
But this season has been even better. After six games we’re third in the Premier League having won four already, three of which have come away from home against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. Incredible.
Slaven Bilic has made a huge impact since taking over as manager in the summer, and it shows in our attacking statistics as well as our current form and league position.
However, despite having less shots on goal this season compared to the same stage last season (81 v 63), we’ve still managed to score three more goals than we did after six games last term.
The two goals at the Etihad on Saturday brought our tally to 13 already this season, which makes us the joint third highest scoring team across Europe’s top five league. Only Borussia Dortmund (18) and Bayern Munich (15) have scored more than us so far this season, while we’ve scored more than Real Madrid (12), Man City (12) and Chelsea (9).
And what’s even more impressive is the fact we’re the joint second highest goal scorers away from home across Europe’s top five leagues, with seven goals scored across the wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City.
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also scored the joint most goals from outside the area (3) across Europe’s top five leagues. Wonderful.
Remember the days when we couldn’t score away from home, let alone win? Well now we’re doing it for fun…