Arsenal may have been amongst the standout performers in the Premier League over 2015, but when it comes to assessing who was the most successful team in English League football over the past 12 months, the Gunners actually come out second best.
That is according to research from Brian Sears at Sporting Intelligence, who revealed that League One side Burton actually amassed more points per game than the north London club.
Arsenal, Burton and Middlesbrough were the only three sides to average more than two points per game over the course of the year, but it was the Brewers who surpassed their Premier League and Championship counterparts in terms of points collected.
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As of January 2015, Burton collected 99 points from 46 league games at an average of 2.15 points per game.
That return put them just ahead of Arsenal, who managed 81 points from 38 league games at a rate of 2.13 points per game. Boro, meanwhile, were back in third having claimed 91 points from 44 games at a rate of 2.07.
Manchester City were just outside the top three, having claimed 1.95 points per game in the Premier League.
However, Sky Blues fans can at least console themselves with the knowledge they ranked as the most prolific team in the English league, scoring an average of 2.14 goals per game.
That return was some way above Arsenal’s, with the Gunners averaging 1.84 goals per game.
Other notable movers and shakers when it came to the average number of points accrued included Bristol Rovers (1.88), Watford (1.88), Northampton (1.80) and Tottenham Hotspur (1.79).
But with Arsenal representing the most efficient team in the Premier League, fans everywhere will remain optimistic that their side can replicate such form in 2016 and maintain their title bid.
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