Arsenal vs Fulham 2014 Key Facts and Post Match Review

Sunday, January 19, 2014


ARSENAL V FULHAM : HEAD TO HEAD
Fulham have never won away at Arsenal in any competition, losing 22 of the 27 visits to the Gunners. They have, however, drawn the last two.

Darren Bent has scored eight goals in his last 10 appearances in all competitions against Arsenal, including five in the last four.

Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have both scored three goals in three Barclays Premier League appearances against Fulham.

There have been four red cards in the last six Premier League meetings between these London rivals, but all of them have come at Craven Cottage.

This match will be Arsenal’s 200th Premier League London derby (W103 D55 L41 F338 A190) and their 100th on home soil (W58 D25 L16 F184 A91). They have averaged more points per game (1.83) from London derbies than any other team, while only Palace (0.90) have averaged fewer per match than Fulham (0.93).

Arsenal have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight games in all competitions at the Emirates Stadium, conceding just one goal in the other match during this run.

Fulham have allowed 133 shots on target this season, more than any other club in the Premier League.

Arsenal can match their best run of the season with a win in this game (five wins in a row).

This would be the 19th time Arsenal have won 5+ Premier League games in a row.

Arsenal have played 39 through balls this season (a joint-high with Liverpool), Fulham have played only eight.

KEY STATS

This is Fulham’s 15th loss in their first 22 PL matches – since the Premier League was reduced to 20 teams in 1995/96, no side has survived relegation when losing 15 or more of their first 22 PL matches of a season.

Santi Cazorla’s last seven goals in all competitions for Arsenal have all come at home.

Fulham have now conceded 48 goals, the most ever by a non-promoted side in the PL after 22 matches. It is the most by a non-promoted side in the top-flight since West Brom’s 53 goals conceded after 22 matches in 1985/86.

Arsenal win for the fifth consecutive match in the Premier League (home and away), for the second time this season (also won five in a row between 24 Aug and 28 Sept). Their total of 51 points is the best Arsenal have had after 22 matches since ‘The Invincibles’ of 2003/04 (52), alongside 2007/08 and 1932/33 (also 51).

KEY MOMENTS

2 – Ozil chance – Ozil is fed inside the box but drags his effort wide. Great ball from Wilshere.

25 – Sidwell volley – Berbatov races down the right and sweeps it into the box but Sagna heads clear. Sidwell meets the clearance on the volley and Szczesny has to palm it away.

38 – Double stop – Cazorla takes the free-kick and lashes it into the wall. It breaks to Sagna who draws a parry from Stekelenburg and Giroud looks certain to open the scoring but Stekelenburg manages to get up and make the double stop.

56 – Double miss – Cazorla swings a free-kick to the far post that Sagna fires back across the box. A Fulham players clears but it falls to Koscielny who misses from six yards. The ball then falls to Gnabry who sees his effort blocked.

57’ – GOAL – Cazorla comes off the left and feeds Giroud, who in turns finds Wilshere inside the box and Cazorla continues his run to meet the square ball from Wilshere and open the scoring.

62’ – GOAL – Monreal is in acres down the left here but his cross is poor. The headed clearance from Hangeland falls to Cazorla, who instantly takes a touch and fires past Stekelenburg from outside the box.

89 – Bent miss – Darren Bent misses a sitter. Good grief. He gets to a ball over the top before Szczesny and while the angle is tight, there is no reason why he should miss from there.

TALKING POINT:

Can this Arsenal side claim the title? There is no doubt that Arsenal are serious contenders. No doubt. They are winning all sorts of games and after a poor start but Fulham to the sword. This is the stuff of champions.

MAN OF THE MATCH:

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal): A double from the diminutive playmaker to cap another fine, inventive display.
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