Arsenal host Chelsea in yet another Premier League fixture on Sunday afternoon. Both clubs are looking forward for rewarding themselves with a win because Arsenal is struggling to extend its lead at the top of the table while Chelsea are keen on coming out of the relegation threat as they aim to reclaim their glory.
The Gunner reclaimed the top-spot hours after losing it to surprise packages of the Premier League campaign Leicester City cautery of a lackluster stalemate at Britannia Stadium last weekend. So, as we all get ready for the Sunday’s big game, here are 9 things to get you ready.
- Arsenals have played 38 games against Chelsea, with 14 loses, 12 wins and 12 draws, giving a Arsenal and Chelsea a win percentage of 31.57% and 36.84% respectively.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in eight Premier League games against Arsenal, with three draws and five wins in that span.
- Arsenal’s last win against Chelsea in the Premier League was a 5-3 win in 2011, when then-Arsenal striker Robin van Persie scored a hat trick.
- Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink inflicted Arsenal’s heaviest ever Premier League defeat at the Emirates when the Blues won 4-1 in May 2009.
- Arsenal have not scored in the last eight hours and two minutes in Barclay’s Premier League play against Chelsea, with the Stamford Bridge club posting clean sheets in their last five meetings.
- Arsenals last league goal against Chelsea was scored by Theo Walcott (who will feature on Sunday’s game) on January 20, 2013.
- Three of the last four Premier League meetings at the Emirates have ended in goalless draws. The other game was a 2-1 Chelsea win.
- If Arsenal fail to score on Sunday it will equal their longest run without a goal versus any opponent in the Premier League (six games vs Liverpool)
- This season: Chelsea has record more ball possession than Arsenal – 56.6 percent to 56.3 percent. Arsenal has played the percentage of its long balls (passes over 35 yards) forward at 14 percent, and Chelsea has the sixth-lowest rate at 19 percent. Arsenal are completing a league-high 83 percent of its passes, with Chelsea ranking sixth at 80 percent.