Here are 17 things you should know about Arsenal and Chelsea prior to kick-off tomorrow afternoon at The Emirates:
1. Arsenal suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Wigan on Monday night in their last Premier League outing.
2. A goal from Thomas Vermaelen wasn’t enough to avoid a 2-1 defeat to the relegation threatened side.
3. That was Vermaelen’s sixth goal of the season, making him the league’s top scoring defender.
4. Vermaelen’s goals have come from 33 shots on target, with 21 on target.
5. This stat puts Vermaelen above players such as Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll in the Premier League goal scoring tables.
6. Vermaelen has also chipped in defensively with 73 interceptions and 25 clearances for Arsenal this season.
7. Overall, Vermaelen has covered 126.59 miles this season, averaging 5.07 miles per game.
8. The Gunners have scored in their last 16 consecutive Premier League home fixtures.
9. Chelsea will be on a high after a controversial but comprehensive FA Cup semi final victory over Spurs last weekend.
11. Lampard is the league’s third highest scoring Englishman after Wayne Rooney and Grant Holt with eleven goals this season, and is the second highest scoring midfielder in the league after Clint Dempsey.
12. Lampard’s goals have come from 50 shots on target, meaning 22% of his shots have resulted in goals this season, a better chance conversion rate than league top scorer Robin van Persie.
13. Lampard has also won 56% of tackles, and got five assists so far this season.
14. Lampard has covered 155.64 miles this season in total, covering the most ground for Chelsea in five games, averaging 5.56 miles per game.
15. Lampard was then one of five different goal scorers in the FA Cup along with Drogba, Juan Mata, Florent Malouda and Ramires.
16. Drogba has divided opinion this season, and has just five Premier League goals to his name from 57 shots at goal with just 47% on target.
17. Drogba has scored a total of eight Premier League goals against the Gunners.
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