Arsenal face Manchester City in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. With Stats Zone, you can brush up on the facts and figures behind every Gunners match this season, brought to you by Opta and the Official Matchday Programme.
ARSENAL'S YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORD
- The Gunners ended 2012 in style by beating Newcastle 7-3 at Emirates Stadium. Below is the Club's record for each of the past 13 calendar years:
Arsène Wenger has often emphasised the importance of good combinations between his players, and two of his most recent additions have certainly taken that on board. Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla have formed a good understanding since their respective arrivals at Emirates Stadium last summer, and their developing partnership has been a highlight of the campaign thus far.
Of the seven goals that Cazorla has scored this season, Podolski has assisted four of them - including two in the 5-2 victory against Reading last month. As our chalkboard above indicates, Podolski often seeks out the Spaniard with his first pass and at the Madejski Stadium it was his cross from the left that led to Cazorla heading in his first goal. In the second half, the Spain international completed his hat trick from Podolski's cross. But the partnership works the other way too, and it was from Cazorla's pass that Podolski scored his first goal of the season, at Liverpool.
Elsewhere, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud have formed a similarly lethal understanding, despite both nominally competing for the central striker role. Walcott has created four of Giroud's six Premier League goals - two of which were against Newcastle on December 29 - with the France striker setting up one for his team-mate.
These two combinations are the most potent in the Premier League so far this season, and Wenger will be hoping they fire again on Sunday against Manchester City.
ARSENAL v MANCHESTER CITY - MATCH FACTS
- There have been four red cards in the last five Premier League meetings between Arsenal and Manchester City
- City have failed to score in each of their last five Premier League visits to Emirates Stadium
- There have only been five goals scored in the last five meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and City
- There have only been five goals in the last six meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and City at the Emirates Stadium
- City have conceded a higher proportion of goals from outside the box than any other team in the Premier League (26 per cent)
- Roberto Mancini's side have conceded 58 per cent of their goals from set plays, a divisional high
- City have allowed the opposition just 56 shots on target against them this season, the fewest in the top flight
- Arsenal players have made 12 individual errors leading directly to goals this season, more than any other team
- The Gunners have earned just 17 yellow cards and one red in 20 league games this season, the fewest cards in the top flight
- Arsenal have missed their last three penalties taken against Manchester City, starting with the infamous Pires/Henry mix up at Highbury
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