Five interesting stats ahead of Manchester City v Arsenal

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Manchester City against Arsenal could come down to which sides edges the stats in certain key areas.

Arsenal have a great chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League this weekend but they face a Manchester City side full of confidence after winning away at Bayern Munich earlier in the week.

The match is likely to be a tight one, with some very good players on display and both sides using very particular stats to try and edge Premier League matches this season.

Here are five interesting and key stats ahead of the clash tomorrow.

Possession

Possession is everything in big games because the other side can’t score if you’re keeping the ball well.

The stats show that City are keeping the ball more effective than the Gunners this season with 57% of possession compared to 55.2%.

It’s not a massive difference but what it does tell us is that whoever can keep the ball well will make it frustrating and difficult for the other side because neither side gives it away easily.

Goals

For all of Arsenal’s creative and attacking talent in midfield and attack, they aren’t close to City’s goals scored this season of 41 compared to 30.

Where Arsenal edge things in terms of goals is how well they defend with only 11 goals conceded in the league this season.

City have only conceded 15 but it suggests that it could be very difficult for City to break Arsenal down, especially if the Gunners set up well and use their defence and holding midfielders effectively.

Interceptions

There are some players in the City team who can physically dominate their Arsenal counterparts but the Gunners can counter that with interceptions.

Arsenal are in the top seven this season for interceptions with 14.2 per match on average.

City are 18th in that mini-table and what it suggests is that Arsenal look to try and occupy space, cut off the angles and intercept the ball before it reaches its intended target.

Dribbles

Both sides have the exact same number when it comes to the number of dribbles per game; 9.3 per match.

That puts them both in the top ten and shows that both sides have players who like to run at the opposition with the ball at their feet.

Counter attacks could therefore be very popular in this match as each side has several players who can get on the ball and break down the pitch quickly.

Discipline

Arsenal have seen their players shown two more red cards this season while City have seen their players shown more yellow cards than the Gunners.

Discipline is going to be a big part of this game because in important matches against big sides, tempers can get a bit hot and any numerical advantage can turn out to be vital.

Both teams will look to stick their foot in aggressively to make a point and there could be a few bookings flying around.

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