Arsenal v Spurs: stat attack

  • By: Ben Coley
  • Last Updated: November 16 2012, 10:05 GMT

Our Ben Coley looks at the stats to highlight some key pointers ahead of Saturday's Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium.

Theo Walcott: The man most likely for Arsenal

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Tottenham have only won twice away at Arsenal in the Premier League, one in 1993 and again in 2010.

However, Arsenal have only won two of the last eight Premier League meetings of the sides and of the 20 meetings at home, they've won 11 along with seven draws.

Historically, Arsenal edge the overall picture. These sides have met a total of 168 times, with the Gunners winning 70, Tottenham 53 and 45 draws.

GOALS

In the last 30 meetings of the sides, both teams have scored on 24 occasions. The average number of total goals in this period is 3.60, with Arsenal responsible for 64 of the 108 and Spurs 44.

In Arsenal's 11 Premier League games there have been a total of 29 goals - an average of 2.64 per game.

However, there have been nine goals across their last two at an average of 4.5 while both teams have scored in each of their last four in all competitions.

Tottenham's 11 Premier League games have provided 34 goals at an average of 3.10. It must be noted that as Arsenal's average increases at home, so does Spurs' away.

Both teams have scored in nine of Tottenham's Premier League games and each of their five away from home.

SCORERS

Over the last two seasons, eight Arsenal players have combined for 16 goals against Tottenham in five games which include a League Cup tie. However, three of them - Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Henri Lansbury - no longer play for the club. Of those remaining, Theo Walcott (3) is the most prolific.

In the same period, there are also eight Spurs players who've combined for a total of 11 goals. Five of them remain at the club and each has a single goal, with only the since-departed Rafael van der Vaart having contributed more than once.

Seven members of the Arsenal squad have found the net in the Premier League this season and four of them have three each. They are: Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Gervinho.

A total of eight Tottenham players have found the net in the league, none more prolific than Jermain Defoe with five.

HALF-TIME/FULL-TIME

Arsenal have lost three times in the league and twice they went in behind at the break. Three of their four draws came after the sides went in level while they came from behind for a point against Manchester City.

So far, Arsenal have converted every half-time lead into Premier League victory, although that tally only stands at two.

Tottenham have lost four times in the league, twice having gone in level, once having gone in behind and once, at Manchester City last week, having led.

Only twice have they gone in level at the break and gone on to win the game, but they have once come from behind to secure all three points.

GOAL TIMES

Arsenal have scored 11 home Premier League goals - six of which came in one game - and seven of them came in the first half. They've conceded six at home, four of which came in the first half

Tottenham have scored 10 times away from home this season, with six in the first half and four in the second. All eight goals they've conceded on the road have been after half time.

BOOKINGS

Arsenal's Premier League games average 3.35 cards, that's if counting Jack Wilshere's double-booking dismissal at Old Trafford as two cards. That said, they've been involved in three card-less games this season.

Tottenham games average 2.64 cards and so far they, like Arsenal, have had one player dismissed - Tom Huddlestone.

Five of the last six meetings of the sides in the Premier League have yielded four or fewer cards, but this fixture last year saw seven, counting two for Scott Parker's red.

CORNERS

Arsenal's Premier League games have produced a total of 125 corners, at an average of 11.36 per game.

Tottenham's Premier League games have produced a total of 115 corners, at an average of just over 10.45 per game.

SUMMARY

The most obvious conclusion here is to expect goals. There have been three or more in each of the last six renewals of this fixture, both teams have scored in each of the last six meetings of the sides and last year there were 10 goals across two games.

It's interesting to note that Arsenal's better displays have seen them come flying out of the traps whereas Tottenham have improved after the break, so markets such as Arsenal half-time/Tottenham full-time look worth considering at a price.

Theo Walcott's record of three goals in two years against Spurs, coupled with good recent form, means he's arguably the man most likely for Arsenal. Gareth Bale has scored first away from home on two occasions this season and is the danger-man for Spurs, and he has scored three times against Arsenal in the past.


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