This week Arsenal statistician Josh James takes a look at some of the stats to come out of Saturday's north London derby.

Saturday's win over Tottenham was the 33rd time in Premier League history the Gunners have scored five or more in a game, and the third time it’s been done against Spurs.

On average the team notch at least five goals every 23.8 games in Premier League history. This figure was once every 86 games before Arsène Wenger took over - by way of comparison the record is once every 19.7 matches during his 16 years in charge.

Saturday's game was also notable for featuring five different goalscorers - it's only the ninth time in the Premier League Arsenal have managed this (not including own goals).

It was the Club's third 5-2 win since the league was set up in 1992. Apart from Tottenham, who have been on the wrong end of that scoreline twice in a row, West Brom were also beaten 5-2, back in 2002.

Prior to the Premier League era, the season in which Arsenal scored five or more in a league fixture the most times was 1934/35, when George Allison’s side racked up 10 such wins, including an 8-1 and two 8-0 thumpings. They completed a hat-trick of league titles that season.

At the other end of the spectrum, Arsenal have conceded five or more in Premier League fixtures just twice – both to Manchester United (6-1 in 2000/01 and 8-2 last season).

After 18 games in all competitions this season, Arsenal have scored 43 goals, and the rate of 2.39 per game is higher than in any previous campaign under Wenger.

Five or more goals in a Premier League game
Date Opposition Venue Score Scorers
1993/94        
Mar 5, 1994 Ipswich Town A 5-1 Wright 3, Parlour, Youds (og)
1994/95        
Apr 1, 1995 Norwich City H 5-1 Hartson 2, Dixon, Merson, Newman (og)
1997/98        
Oct 4, 1997 Barnsley H 5-0 Bergkamp 2, Parlour, Platt, Wright
Apr 18, 1998 Wimbledon H 5-0 Adams, Overmars, Bergkamp, Petit, Wreh
1998/99        
Feb 20, 1999 Leicester City H 5-0 Anelka 3, Parlour 2
Apr 19, 1999 Wimbledon H 5-1 Parlour, Vieira, Bergkamp, Kanu, Thatcher (og)
Apr 24, 1999 Middlesbrough A 6-1 Overmars, Anelka 2, Kanu 2, Vieira
1999/2000        
Nov 20, 1999 Middlesbrough H 5-1 Overmars 3, Bergkamp 2
2000/2001        
Aug 26, 2000 Charlton Athletic H 5-3 Vieira 2, Henry 2, Silvinho
Oct 28, 2000 Manchester City H 5-0 Cole, Bergkamp, Wiltord, Henry 2
Dec 9, 2000 Newcastle United H 5-0 Henry, Parlour 3, Kanu
Dec 26, 2000 Leicester City H 6-1 Henry 3, Vieira, Ljungberg, Adams
2002/2003        
Aug 27, 2002 West Brom H 5-2 Cole, Lauren, Wiltord 2, Aliadiere
Feb 22, 2003 Manchester City A 5-1 Bergkamp, Pires, Henry, Campbell, Vieira
May 7, 2003 Southampton H 6-1 Pires 3, Pennant 3
2003/2004        
Apr 16, 2004 Leeds United H 5-0 Pires, Henry 4
2004/2005        
Aug 22, 2004 Middlesbrough H 5-3 Henry 2, Bergkamp, Pires, Reyes
Nov 13, 2004 Tottenham Hotspur A 5-4 Henry, Lauren, Vieira, Ljungberg, Pires
Feb 14, 2005 Crystal Palace H 5-1 Bergkamp, Reyes, Henry 2, Vieira
May 11, 2005 Everton H 7-0 Van Persie, Pires 2, Vieira, Edu, Bergkamp, Flamini
2005/2006        
Jan 14, 2006 Middlesbrough H 7-0 Henry 3, Senderos, Pires, Gilberto, Hleb
Apr 1, 2006 Aston Villa H 5-0 Adebayor, Henry 2, van Persie, Diaby
2006/2007        
Dec 23, 2006 Blackburn Rovers H 6-2 Gilberto, Adebayor, Flamini, van Persie 2, Hleb
2007/2008        
Sept 22, 2007 Derby County H 5-0 Fabregas, Diaby, Adebayor 3
Apr 28, 2008 Derby County A 6-2 Adebayor 3, Walcott, Bendtner, van Persie
2009/2010        
Aug 15, 2009 Everton A 6-1 Gallas, Vermaelen, Fabregas 2, Denilson, Eduardo
Oct 4, 2009 Blackburn Rovers H 6-2 Vermaelen, Fabregas, Arshavin, van Persie, Walcott, Bendtner
2010/2011        
Aug 21, 2010 Blackpool H 6-0 Walcott 3, Arshavin, Chamakh, Diaby
2011/2012        
Oct 30, 2011 Chelsea A 5-3 Van Persie 3, Santos, Walcott
Feb 4, 2012 Blackburn H 7-1 Van Persie 3, Chamberlain 2, Arteta, Dann (og)
Feb 26, 2012 Tottenham H 5-2 Sagna, van Persie, Rosicky, Walcott 2
2012/2013        
Sept 15, 2012 Southampton H 6-1 Hooiveld (og), Podolski, Gervinho 2, Clyne (og), Walcott
Nov 17, 2012 Tottenham H 5-2 Mertesacker, Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla, Walcott

The weekend's north London derby was the fourth time in the last three years that Arsenal have beaten Tottenham by a three-goal margin. By way of contrast, Arsenal have lost a north London derby by three or more goals just once in the past 29 years - a 5-1 League Cup defeat in 2008.

The victory took the Gunners' overall record in the fixture to P169 W71 D45 L53 F265 A229. Arsenal have led the head-to-head battle with Spurs since December 26, 1983 when they pulled ahead with a 4-2 win at White Hart Lane, to make it 40 wins to 39.

Saturday was the sixth instance of scoring five or more in a game against Tottenham (previously in 2012, 2004, 1978, 1935 and 1934) and it was only the eighth time in the 169 matches that seven or more goals have been scored. Half of those have been recorded since 2004.

There has been an average of 2.9 goals per game in north London derby history, yet over the past 17 fixtures (since 2007) the average is 4.4 per game, and only three clean sheets have been kept in those 17 matches.

Andre Villa-Boas also becomes the eighth Tottenham manager against whom Arsène Wenger has recorded a victory (following Gerry Francis, George Graham, Glenn Hoddle, David Pleat, Martin Jol, Juande Ramos and Harry Redknapp).

Wenger's overall record in the north London derby is: P39, W18, D16, L5, F79, A51, with those 79 goals being scored by 36 different players (not including two own goals).

Arsenal v Tottenham
P W D L F A
League 151 62 41 48 239 208
FA Cup 5 3 0 2 7 5
League Cup 12 6 3 3 19 16
Charity Shield 1 0 1 0 0 0
Total 169 71 45 53 265 229
Biggest wins over Tottenham
6/3/1935 Tottenham 0, Arsenal 6 League
23/12/1978 Tottenham 0, Arsenal 5 League
20/10/1934 Arsenal 5, Tottenham 1 League
16/9/1967 Arsenal 4, Tottenham 0 League
7/2/1953 Arsenal 4, Tottenham 0 League
7/5/1927 Tottenham 0, Arsenal 4 League
17/11/2012 Arsenal 5, Tottenham 2 League
26/2/2012 Arsenal 5, Tottenham 2 League
21/9/2010 Tottenham 1, Arsenal 4 League Cup
31/1/1959 Tottenham 1, Arsenal 4 League
10/10/1953 Tottenham 1, Arsenal 4 League
31/10/2009 Arsenal 3, Tottenham 0 League
2/12/2006 Arsenal 3, Tottenham 0 League
16/11/2002 Arsenal 3, Tottenham 0 League
8/1/1949 Arsenal 3, Tottenham 0 FA Cup

Per Mertesacker scored his first Gunners goal on Saturday, becoming the 21st member of the current first-team squad to have at least one goal to his name, and the 475th goalscorer in the history of the Club.

There have been 811 Arsenal players, meaning 58.6 per cent of the Club's players scored at least once, and 73 of them (nine per cent) scored only once.

Per broke his duck during his 41st appearance, leaving only three outfield members of the first-team squad yet to score for the Club. They are: Francis Coquelin (30 games), Emmanuel Frimpong (16 games) and Carl Jenkinson (26 games) - whose recent effort against Reading was awarded to Theo Walcott.

Mertesacker is the fourth German to score for the Gunners, after Stefan Malz, Alberto Mendez and Lukas Podolski.

Arsenal have now had 13 different goalscorers this season - not including own goals - which compares to 18 for the whole of last term.

Behind The Numbers

Stats correct as at November 21, 2012.

Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme.

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