10 key areas Arsenal are stronger than Liverpool

Arsenal take on Liverpool at Anfield this Saturday lunchtime but which areas can the Gunners expect to dominate the home side?

1) Possession

Arsenal have taken a higher percentage of possession across their 24 games played so far this term. The Premier League leaders have averaged 56.9% of possession across their games to Liverpool’s 54.3%.

2) Passing

The North Londoners have also recorded a higher level of passing accuracy – Arsene Wenger’s side have completed 85.8% of their passes successfully to Liverpool’s 83.9%.

3) Aerial Duels

The visitors this weekend have been more dominant aerially than the Merseyside giants this season. Arsenal have won 412 of their 761 aerial duels averaging 17.2 duels won in the air per game to Liverpool’s 369 won from 739 averaging 15.4 per game.

4) Shot Conceded

Defensively the Gunners have stood up well this term, allowing just 279 shots on their goal averaging 11.6 shots conceded per game to Liverpool’s 318 conceded in total and 13.3 per game on average.

5) Interceptions

The Gunners make fewer tackles than Rodgers’ Reds but that’s likely due to the fact they make more interceptions, preventing the opposition from mounting a threat on goal. Arsenal have made 338 interceptions, equating to 14.1 per game to Liverpool’s 304 in total and 12.7 per game on average.

6) Discipline

With that being the case, it may come as less of a surprise that Wenger’s Reds have committed fewer fouls than Rodgers’ side. Arsenal have committed 218 fouls, averaging 9.1 per game, the lowest in the Premier League and substantially less than Liverpool’s 281, averaging 11.7 fouls per game.

7) Shooting Accuracy

Whilst Liverpool undoubtedly possess the most dangerous strike force in the league in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Arsenal have a higher level of accuracy so far. Arsenal have recorded 39.9% of their shots on target this term to Liverpool’s 39.2% on target.

8) Open Play

Synonymously, despite the dangerous threat posed by Rodgers’ attacking lines, Arsenal have scored more goals from open play than Liverpool. Arsenal have scored a total of 37 goals from open play to Liverpool’s 31.

9) Own Goals

Arsenal have, however, scored fewer goals the other end – Liverpool have scored 3 own goals so far this term. The Gunners have yet to score a single own goal.

10) Crossing

Arsenal have also performed at a higher level with more consistency in their crosses this term – the North London outfit have averaged 20 accurate crosses per game to Liverpool’s 18 per game.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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