Arsenal face Tottenham in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
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TOP DOGS - A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
- Arsenal have finished an average of 5.35 places and 16.15 points above Spurs in Premier League history. The season-by-season record is as follows:
GOALS GALORE - ARSENAL'S BIGGEST DERBY WINS
- Last season's 5-2 win over Spurs was the 14th time Arsenal have won a north London derby by three goals or more
V FOR VICTORY - VERMAELEN v VERTONGHEN
Keep an eye on the two left backs at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen share much in common: they are both Belgian internationals, they both used to ply their trade at Ajax and they are both more comfortable at the heart of the defence. How they perform at full back is likely to be crucial to their respective sides' hopes of claiming the derby honours.
Vertonghen arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer and has made an instant impression for Andre Villas-Boas' side. The 25-year-old is a classy defender in the Vermaelen-mould, and has already created seven chances for his team-mates so far this season. He also possesses an impressive passing accuracy rate of 86.4 per cent (although this is bettered by his Arsenal counterpart on 88.6 per cent). The Tottenham defender has made nearly double the number of clearances to Vermaelen (94 to 49), adapting to the pace of the Premier League seamlessly.
As our graphic below demonstrates, Vermaelen and Vertonghen have almost identical stats for the season so far, with the former playing just one minute longer in the Premier League. But the Arsenal man just edges his former team-mate in terms of passing accuracy, passing accuracy in the opponents' half, and percentage of duels won - although Vertonghen has won marginally more of his aeriel duels.
Both will need to be at their very best in the white heat of battle on Saturday if they are to help their respective sides claim the edge on derby day.
ARSENAL v TOTTENHAM - FACTS
- Arsenal versus Tottenham has seen more draws in Premier League history than any other fixture (17)
- The Gunners have won just two of the last eight Premier League games against Spurs (W2 D3 L3)
- In the last two meetings between Spurs and Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, a team has taken a 2-0 lead and then gone on to lose the match (Spurs won 3-2 in 2010/11 and Arsenal 5-2 in 2011/12)
- Gareth Bale has scored three goals against Arsenal, his joint-highest tally against any opponent in the competition (along with Wigan)
- Theo Walcott has scored three goals against Tottenham, his joint-highest tally against any opponent in the competition (along with Blackpool)
- Emmanuel Adebayor has played in this fixture 11 times in all competitions, scoring nine and assisting four goals (for Arsenal eight goals two assists, for Spurs one goal, two assists)
- There have been 23 goals scored in the last four Premier League games between Spurs and Arsenal at Emirates Stadium and nine of the last 10 meetings in all competitions have seen at least three goals scored
- There have been five penalties in the last five meetings in all competitions between Spurs and Arsenal, with Tottenham winning one spot-kick in three of the last four league games
- This is Arsenal’s worst start to a league season since 1982/83 when they had just 14 points after 11 games
- Arsenal have won just two of their last eight Premier League games at the Emirates, taking 10 points from a possible 24
- Tottenham’s next Premier League win will be their 300th in the competition
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