The Gunners are all set to face the Villains at Villa Park today. Paul Lambert has had a dream start to the season so far, with 3 wins in 4 games, including one against Liverpool. As such, it promises to be an exciting clash that could well go right down to the wire.
Here are some stats about previous encounters between the two teams:
37: Arsenal have played a higher proportion of their passes in the final third (37%) than any other side. Sadly, that has not been converted into goals.
15: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League visits to Villa Park, winning eight and drawing seven.
More worryingly, Arsenal have conceded 15 shots on target in their four league games so far this season, five more than Villa (10).
8: Darren Bent has scored eight goals in his last 11 appearances against the Gunners in all competitions including five in his last five. Clearly, he is the danger man and must be kept quiet.
6: Villa have had only six shots on target this season – a league low – but have gained 10 points (W3 D1).
4: Both Arsenal (W1 D3) and Aston Villa (W3 D1) remain unbeaten after four Premier League matchdays in 2014-15. One of the teams will probably lose the streak today.
3: Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in his last two Premier League starts against Aston Villa.
Danny Welbeck has scored three times in the Premier League against Aston Villa, only against Everton and Swansea has he scored as often. Sadly, all those goals were for Manchester United, he has yet to open his account for Arsenal. Let’s hope he manages to do so today against his favoured opponents.
Arsenal have conceded a headed goal in each of their four Premier League games this season. Another worrying defensive statistic for the title chasers.
Also, Aston Villa have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League side this season (3), while Arsenal are one of only three teams yet to record one. A worryingly porous defence is something that needs to be rectified soon.
Here’s hoping the Gunners come out victorious today. COYG!!