Arsenal face Southampton in their fourth match of the Premier League campaign on Saturday.
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CASE FOR THE DEFENCE
- Arsenal have won more tackles (59) than any other team in the Premier League this season (Fig 1)
- The Gunners have kept three successive clean sheets at the start of a top-flight season for the first time since 1924/25. In Figure 2, we examine each player's individual defensive contribution
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OLD BOY v NEW BOY - PLAYER COMPARISON
Theo Walcott burst on to the scene at Southampton as a 16-year-old, and quickly forced his way into the England squad. He is now a regular at international level, and has recently been joined by former team-mate Adam Lallana in Roy Hodgson's squad.
The Southampton midfielder has had more than double the number of minutes on the pitch as Walcott this season, and will be one of the visitors' dangermen on Saturday. His passing accuracy, while inferior to Walcott's, is still impressively high (87.5 per cent) and Arsenal will have to keep him quiet if they are to extend their clean sheet record to four successive games.
If Walcott starts against his former club after illness he is likely to be central to the action. The 23-year-old's passing accuracy rate in his opponents' half this season is an excellent 85 per cent, while he has won 52.9 per cent of his duels. This compares favourably to Lallana, who has won just 26.7 per cent of his duels.
Both men possess the quality to cause defenders problems at Emirates Stadium this weekend. It will be fascinating to watch.
ARSENAL V SOUTHAMPTON - FACTS
- Southampton have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team (19)
- Arsenal have allowed their opponents the joint-fewest shots on target in the Premier League (7)
- Kelvin Davis has saved the last three penalties he has faced in the PL - vs Man Utd and Man City this season, and Aston Villa (May 2006)
- Southampton have dropped the most points from winning positions this season (6)
- Arsenal recovered more points from winning positions than any other team in the 2011/12 Premier League (24)
- The Gunners have won none of their last four Premier League home games. The last time they went five without a win on home soil was in 1995 in the run up to George Graham's sacking
- Arsenal scored a divisional high nine goals from counter-attacks last season, have already had more shots following fast breaks this term (4) and scored their first goal via a counter
- Santi Cazorla has set up the joint-most scoring chances for team-mates from open play along with Park Ji-Sung (10)
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