Arsenal face Fulham in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
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TREBLE IN PARADISE - HAT-TRICK HEROES
- Theo Walcott's hat-trick in that incredible 7-5 win against Reading in the Capital One Cup was the 227th in the history of the Club
- It was also the 34th hat-trick scored during Arsène Wenger's tenure. The table below sets out who has scored each of these:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS - ARSENAL'S DEBUTANTS
The victory against Reading was also noteworthy because it saw first-team debuts for Thomas Eisfeld and Jernade Meade. This takes the number of players to have played for the Club up to 811.
PLAYER COMPARISON - GIROUD v BERBATOV
All eyes will be on the two central strikers on display at Emirates Stadium on Saturday - Olivier Giroud and Dimitar Berbatov. Both are physically imposing players, although their style of play remains distinct from the other, and both are settling in at new clubs.
The languid, supemely talented Berbatov has made an instant impression at Craven Cottage since his move from Manchester United this summer. A Premier League veteran, the 31-year-old has struck three times in the top-flight so far this season, twice more than new boy Giroud. And considering his vision and quick feet, his passing success rate is unsurprisingly high at 81.7 per cent. The Arsenal defence will have to watch him closely and ensure he doesn't drop into space and cause problems.
Giroud is a more traditional centre forward, and while he may not have the same passing or goalscoring stats at his contemporary - yet - he is superior in some key areas. Unsurprisingly for a man of 6ft 4in, the France international is a powerful presence in the air, winning 51.7 per cent of his aeriel duels to Berbatov's 44 per cent. In fact, he has won more of his overall duels as well, as the graphic below indicates, and he will be a key presence for the Gunners.
With Giroud starting to find his best form and Berbatov a real threat, these two strikers could have a decisive impact at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Watch this space.
ARSENAL v FULHAM - FACTS
- Fulham have never won away at Arsenal in any competition, losing 22 and drawing four of 26 visits
- Former Gunner Steve Sidwell has scored in both of his Premier League appearances for Fulham against Arsenal
- Thomas Vermaelen scored at both ends in last season's 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium
- Last season's 2-1 comeback win at Craven Cottage was the first time Martin Jol had enjoyed a win over Arsène Wenger in the Premier League (W1 D4 L4)
- Arsenal have made their worst start in the Premier League under Arsène Wenger, taking just 15 points from their opening 10 games
- The Gunners have lost three of their last five league games
- Fulham have lost 12 points from winning positions this season, more than any other side
- Last season Arsenal led the league in comeback points with 24, this season they have gained just four points from trailing situations so far
- 38% of the 13 Premier League own goals this season have benefitted either Fulham (3) or Arsenal (2)
- Fulham have hit the target with a higher percentage of their shots than any other side this term (57 per cent)
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