Arsenal will go into Saturday’s late kick-off against Liverpool looking to preserve their Premier League lead.
The Gunners have suffered a couple of recent setbacks with defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and defeat to Chelsea in the League Cup.
With both of those losses coming at the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger will surely want his team to put in a big performance, maintaining an impressive record at home in the league this season.
For Liverpool the aim is simple; win and they go above Arsenal.
Brendan Rodgers deserves a lot of credit for the way he’s got his side playing this season, showing initiative to get the side to adapt to a new system due to injuries in key areas.
It should be a cracking game. Here are five interesting stats about the two teams ahead of the clash.
There isn’t too much difference between the sides in terms of possession stats this season.
Arsenal are currently eighth on the list of teams that enjoy most possession in the Premier League with 55.2% while Liverpool enjoy 53.2%.
That suggests that it’s going to be very difficult for the side chasing the game and generally to win the ball back for either team.
Liverpool have the second highest average when it comes to tackles per game in the Premier League, with only Sunderland putting in more challenges per match.
Liverpool’s 22.3 tackles per game this season suggests that they like to get stuck in, trying to win the ball back as quickly as possible as well as releasing pressure when the defence is pinned back.
It’s something Arsenal need to be wary of considering the number of influential midfield players they have in their side.
Liverpool are ahead when it comes to head-to-head meetings between the teams in all competitions; 75 wins to Arsenal’s 69 with 50 matches ending in draws,
However, the Gunners have nearly twice as many wins when they have played matches at home against Liverpool; 41 wins to Liverpool’s 21, with 32 matches ending in draws.
Arsenal have two of the most successful players in terms of passing this season with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini both in the top three for best passing success rate.
Arteta is completing 93.7% of his passes in the Premier League this season while Flamini is completing 93.2% of passes.
The first Liverpool player is Mamadou Sakho in twelfth place with 91.5% but he is a defender and his percentage will include plenty of back passes to the goalkeeper.
Liverpool have one of the most prolific attacking partnerships in the Premier League this season.
The combination of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in attack has produced 14 goals for Liverpool out of a total of 17.