Since the year began, the Premier League has seen games every day. And although the year is only two days old, we’ve had a fair share of drama from the most-watched football league in the world.
From Manchester City losing players to injury and their rampant win over Watford to Jose Mourinho lashing out at Paul Scholes, 2018 has started with a bang! And it even gets better as Arsenal takes on Chelsea later tonight in what is expected to be a cracker between both sides.
We can bet that you’re looking forward to the game already. We are too! As we anticipate the derby, here are 4 things that you ought to know about this fixture:
Arsenal has only lost once at home this season
Although the Gunners have lost five times already this season, only one of those losses has happened inside the Emirates. And that was the loss to Manchester United earlier this season. Their Premier League record at home this season thus reads 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. They are also undefeated in 16 of their last 17 home games in the Premier League.
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Antonio Conte’s men are currently on a 6-match unbeaten run in all competitions. The last time they lost a game was back in December when they lost to the Hammers. Since then, they’ve won 5 and drawn just once. In the same period, they’ve scored 13 goals and have conceded just twice.
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Arsenal, on the other hand, hasn’t lost a game since the 1-3 loss to Manchester United on the 2nd of December. Since that loss, they’ve won four and drawn four. The goals? Arsenal, during the period, has scored 16 goals and has only conceded 7 goals.
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In the Premier League this season, Chelsea has kept a clean sheet in their last 4 matches, which points to a balanced and well-organized backline. Another stat to compliment Chelsea’s sturdy defense is the fact that they are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches in the Premier League.
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For Arsenal, Alexander Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez top the goal scoring charts with 8 and 7 goals respectively. For the Blues, Alvaro Morata’s 10 goals is top on the list and is closely followed by Marcos Alonso’s 5 goals.
Of all these names, both top scorers have scored the most first goals in their games for both sides. Both Morata has scored the first goal in Chelsea’s games six times while Lacazette has done so five times.
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