Arsenal face Everton in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
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TWIN THREATS - BAINES & PIENAAR
There are not many teams in the Premier League whose main attacking threat comes from their left back, but that is a measure of how impressive Leighton Baines has been this season. The England international has been in superb form, scoring five times in the Premier League and also claiming five assists.
But perhaps his most impressive statistic is the fact that he has created 102 chances that directly led to goalscoring opportunities. This is the best in the league, and outstrips the Spanish trio of David Silva, Juan Mata and Arsenal's Santi Cazorla - more traditional playmakers.
Not only will Arsenal have to deal with the threat posed by Baines, but also that of Steven Pienaar. The South African midfielder returned to Goodison Park after a short spell at Tottenham, and has slotted back in seamlessly - laying on 64 'key passes' for his team-mates this season.
Both players will need to be kept quiet on Tuesday night if Arsenal are to claim the victory that would cement their hopes of a top-four place.
ARSENAL v EVERTON - MATCH FACTS
- Arsenal have scored more goals at home against Everton than any host side in any fixture in Premier League history (49)
- The Gunners have won eight and lost just one of their last 10 Premier League matches
- Arsenal have scored 18 goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season; more than any other team
- Everton have netted 15 goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half of Premier League games; more than any other side
- Ten of Olivier Giroud’s 11 Premier League goals have been netted at the Emirates and the other was netted away at West Ham making the top scorer in the capital this season
- The Gunners have conceded just 15 second-half goals, making them the joint-tightest defence after the break in the top flight (along with Man City)
- Everton have netted the joint-most headed goals in the top flight (13) along with Norwich (who netted their 13th against the Gunners on Saturday) and Manchester United
- The Toffees have conceded the highest number (14) and percentage of headed goals in the Premier League this season (38 per cent)
- Everton have picked up 13 points from the last 15 available in the top flight, but four of those games were at home. On the road they have earned two draws and two defeats in their last four away games
- Arsenal have kept just three clean sheets in their last 15 Premier League matches at the Emirates Stadium
- Only Southampton (16) have dropped more points from winning positions away from home than Everton this season (14)
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