Facts, stats and team news ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at the Emirates.
Wojciech Szczesny could yet return in goal for Arsenal. Manager Arsene Wenger hopes that Szczesny and Johan Djourou, who had previously been expected to miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder problem, will be fit. Alex Song (knee) andDenilson (toe) could return but Bacary Sagna (knee) is a doubt while Manuel Almunia could also miss out with a knee injury of his own. Long-term absentee Thomas Vermaelen has also returned to training but is unlikely to be risked after spending seven months out with an Achilles injury.
Teenager John Flanagan’s tough baptism could continue as Liverpool travel south. The 18-year-old right-back made an impressive debut in Monday’s Barclays Premier League win over Manchester City in the absence of Martin Kelly and Glen Johnson with hamstring injuries. Brazilian Fabio Aurelio could continue at left-back after returning from a four-game absence, also with a hamstring problem, to face City. Centre-back Daniel Agger(knee) and captain Steven Gerrard (groin) have both been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Arsenal have kept six clean sheets and only conceded one goal in their last seven Premier League games at the Emirates.
There have been more hat-tricks scored in this fixture than any other in Premier League history.
Andrey Arshavin has scored five goals from just six shots on target in the Premier League against Liverpool.
Liverpool have only won one of the last 10 Premier League games against Arsenal and none of the last seven, though five of the last seven have been draws.
Liverpool have scored within five minutes one side of half time in five of their last six Premier League games against the Gunners.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League home games against Liverpool.
Theo Walcott has the best minutes per assist from open play rate in the Premier League, average one every 169 minutes.
Robin van Persie has scored 20 goals in his last 21 Premier League starts.
Liverpool have won just one and lost five of their last six Premier League games in London.
Arsenal have allowed their opponents just 102 shots on target against them, fewer than any other team.
Arsenal have taken just eight points from their games against this season’s top six, fewer than any of their rivals.
Arsenal 8/11, Draw 13/5, Liverpool 4/1