Arsenal take on Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

In this week's edition of Stats Zone we focus on the increasing influence of Carl Jenkinson at right back.


In a previous edition of this feature we highlighted the attacking threat of Kieran Gibbs from the left flank. Indeed, that was demonstrated again in the 6-1 win over Southampton as the marauding full back picked up two assists.

But on the other side of the defence, 20-year-old Jenkinson's efficient display also deserves credit.

The defender enjoyed plenty of possession against the Saints and has made the eighth-most passes in the Premier League this season (261) - behind only Mikel Arteta (378) and Santi Cazorla (292) in the Arsenal squad.

In fact, the right back completed more passes than Cazorla during the win at Emirates Stadium (67), quite some feat given the Spaniard's playmaking ability.

Arsenal Analysis

Jenkinson's heatmap below is from the Southampton game, with red areas showing where he was especially active. Jenkinson's 108 touches were more than any other player on the pitch - five more than Arteta.

Heatmap - Jenkinson Southampton


  • There have been just six goals scored in the last six meetings between Arsenal and Manchester City with all three encounters last season ending 1-0
  • City have scored just one goal in the last five Premier League games against Arsenal
  • There have been four red cards in the last four Premier League games between Roberto Mancini's side and the Gunners
  • Manchester City have won three of the last four home league games against Arsenal. The only game that Arsenal won in that run saw Samir Nasri score the opener in a 3-0 win for Arsenal
  • Manchester City have won 29 and lost none of their last 31 Premier League home matches
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League away games (W6 D3 L1)
  • The Gunners have not kept three consecutive Premier League clean sheets on the road since May 2005
  • Only Arsenal (10) have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than Manchester City (11)
  • Santi Cazorla has created more scoring chances for team-mates from open play than any other player (14)
  • Sunday's referee is Mike Dean. Arsenal have won just one of the last 14 Premier League matches with him as the official (W1 D6 L7)
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21 Sep 2012