Five goals in six appearances: Olivier Giroud key to Arsenal's North London derby fortunes

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Ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Arsenal will make the short trip across North London for Saturday's early kick-off, as Arsene Wenger's side prepare to face off against fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur. 

Ahead of Saturday's highly anticipated fixture, we bring you all the best stats:

  • Spurs have lost just one of their last six Premier League home games against North London rivals Arsenal (W3 D2 L1), while the Gunners have not managed back to back away wins in the Premier League this season and have only managed it once since January 2014. The clubs have drawn 18 times, making it the most even fixture in the history of the competition.
  • Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in his last six Premier League appearances. He added his seventh domestic strike of the season last weekend as he played a central role in the Gunners' 5-0 victory over Aston Villa. Theo Walcott is another to watch. The England international loves playing Spurs - has scored four and assisted three goals in his last six appearances against the Lilywhites.
  PositionTeamGoalsShot Accuracy (%)Conversion Rate (%)Appearances
Alexis Sánchez FW Arsenal 12 45 18 21
Harry Kane FW Tottenham 10 43 19 19
Christian Eriksen MF Tottenham 9 28 14 23
Nacer Chadli MF Tottenham 7 44 19 20
Olivier Giroud FW Arsenal 7 42 23 12
  • Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more goals in North London derbies than any other player (10 - eight for Arsenal, two for Spurs). He is one of only two players to score for both sides in a North London derby along with Jimmy Robertson. Mauricio Pochettino has stressed the 30-year-old's importance to the club ahead of Saturday's game; could he play a key role against his former team?
  • Arsenal's David Ospina has as many clean sheets in the Premier League this season as Wojciech Szczesny (3), despite making far fewer appearances - just three, compared to the Pole's 17. The Spaniard is yet to conceded a league goal for the Gunners, a feat that sees him boast the best clean sheet per game ratio in the top flight.
  TeamClean SheetClean Sheet per GameAppearances
David Ospina Arsenal 3 1 3
Petr Cech Chelsea 3 0.75 4
Emiliano Martinez Arsenal 2 0.5 4
Fraser Forster Southampton 10 0.43 23
Costel Pantilimon Sunderland 6 0.43 14
  • Tottenham have conceded the most penalties in the Premier League (6), with Arsenal winning the most (6). Harry Kane is likely to be on spot kick duty for the hosts - he has scored once this season from a dead-ball situation - while Santi Cazorla is the go-to-guy for the Gunners. The Spaniard has scored five penalties - 100% conversion - this season; more than any other top flight player.
  PositionTeamPenalties ScoredPenalties MissedConversion Rate (%)
Santiago Cazorla MF Arsenal 5 0 100
Harry Kane FW Tottenham 1 0 100

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