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Time for more of the most played game - Arsenal vs Chelsea - the stats

A big Boxing Day derby awaits and we build up to the post-Christmas fare by looking at all the facts and figures important to this fixture...

Arsenal vs Chelsea head to head


Chelsea play Arsenal for the 202nd occasion in all competitions, more than we have played against any other club.

The Blues are going for back-to-back away league wins at Arsenal for the first time since November 2009.


Arsenal have won two of their past 17 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (with six draws, nine defeats), both at the Emirates – 3-0 in September 2016 and 2-0 in January 2019.


Biggest league win for each team

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal - 2013/14
Chelsea 1-5 Arsenal - 1930/31

Arsenal’s biggest league win at home against Chelsea is 5-2 in 1978/79
Chelsea’s biggest league win at Arsenal is 4-1 in 1959/60, 1960/61 & 2008/09

Last season's corresponding match

ARSENAL 1 CHELSEA 2
Premier League, Emirates Stadium, 29.12.19, 2pm
Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Leno; Maitland-Niles, Chambers (Mustafi 23), David Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Guendouzi; Nelson (Pepe 85), Ozil (Willock 75), Aubameyang (c); Lacazette.
Unused subs Martinez, Mavropanos, Smith Rowe, John-Jules
Head coach Mikel Arteta
Booked Guendouzi 10, David Luiz 46, Torreira 73, Lacazette 76, Maitland-Niles 90+1
Scorer Aubameyang 13

Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Arrizabalaga; Rudiger, Zouma, Tomori (Lamptey 58); Azpilicueta (c), Kante, Kovacic (Hudson-Odoi 70), Emerson (Jorginho 34); Mount, Willian; Abraham
Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Barkley, Batshuayi.
Injured Loftus-Cheek, Alonso, James, Pulisic
Head coach Frank Lampard
Booked Mount 29, Kante 30, Rudiger 33, Jorginho 55
Scorers Jorginho 83, Abraham 87

Referee Craig Pawson
Attendance 60,309


Chelsea stats

After our victory against West Ham, Chelsea climbed to fifth with 25 points from 14 games, six points behind leaders Liverpool.

Having gone five away league games since the start of the season without defeat including three wins, Chelsea are now hoping to avoid three consecutive away defeats in the Premier League since Jan/Feb 2019 when we lost to Arsenal (0-2), Bournemouth (0-4) and Man City (0-6).

Chelsea are the Premier League’s second highest scorers with 29 goals, seven fewer than Liverpool and only Man City (12) and Aston Villa (13) have conceded fewer league goals than the Blues (14).

Frank Lampard’s side have scored more goals from corners than any other team in the Premier League this season (eight).

Tammy Abraham has scored 25 goals for the Blues since the start of last season, seven more than any other Chelsea player.

The Blues have won six of our last eight Boxing Day matches.  


Premier League scorers

Abraham 5, Werner 4, Zouma 4, Jorginho 3 (3 pens), Chilwell 2, Giroud 2, Thiago Silva 2, Havertz 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Mount 1, Pulisic 1, Ziyech 1, own-goals 1


Milestones

If selected Tammy Abraham will make his 50th Premier League appearance for the club.
 
Mason Mount made his 50th Premier League appearance against West Ham, becoming the youngest English player to reach this landmark since John Terry in January 2002.


Arsenal stats

Last season
Premier League - eighth
FA Cup - winners
Carabao Cup - fourth round
Europa League - round of 32
Top scorer all competitions: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (29)
 
This season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Leno 14, Aubameyang 13, Ceballos 13, Tierney 13
Most goals: Aubameyang 3, Lacazette 3, Gabriel 2, Pepe 2
Most assists: Willian 3, Bellerin 2
Most clean sheets: Leno 3


Arsenal are 15th with 14 points from 14 games, 12 points off the top four.

Arsenal’s points return from 14 games (based on three points for a win) is their worst at this stage since 1974/75.

The Gunners are seeking a first Premier League victory in eight games since their 1-0 win at Old Trafford against Man Utd on 1 November (two draws, five defeats).


Arsenal have won seven points from their seven home games this term.

Arsenal have won once in 10 Premier League games, losing four of the last five. They have scored three goals in their last six games in the competition.

Arsenal have lost nine of their last 13 Premier League matches kicking off at 5.30pm.

Arsenal have conceded in 10 consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since February 2002 (11 games).

Since Mikel Arteta's first Premier League game in charge (Boxing Day 2019), Arsenal have been shown seven red cards, four more than any other team in the competition in this period.

The average age of Arsenal’s line-up in their last home Premier League match against Southampton was 24 years, 349 days, their youngest starting XI at the Emirates in the competition since September 2012.

The Gunners have not lost a home Boxing Day fixture since 1987. Their 12 games since then include 10 wins and two draws.

Premier League scorers

Aubameyang 3 (1 pen), Lacazette 3, Gabriel 2, Pepe 2 (1 pen), Nketiah 1, Saka 1

 

Arsenal's last Premier League game

Saturday 19 December
Everton 2 Arsenal 1
Team 3-4-3: Leno; Holding (c), David Luiz, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Elneny (Willock 64), Saka; Pepe (Martinelli 71), Nketiah (Lacazette 76), Willian
Scorer: Pepe 35 (pen)
 


Who moved to Arsenal in the summer?

Dani Ceballos - Real Madrid, loan
Gabriel - Lille
Pablo Mari - Flamengo
Thomas Partey - Atletico Madrid
Alex Runarsson - Dijon
Cedric Soares - Southampton
Willian - Chelsea


Discipline

There are no suspensions.

In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.

Premier League bookings list
Arsenal: Bellerin 5, Aubameyang 2, Ceballos 2, Elneny 2, Holding 2, Lacazette 2, Tierney 2, Xhaka 2, Gabriel 1, Partey 1, Willock 1
Chelsea: James 3, Kante 3, Mount 2, Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Chilwell 1, Christensen 1, Havertz 1, Thiago Silva 1, Ziyech 1, Zouma 1


Referee and VAR

Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Paul Tierney

Michael Oliver is the official for his second Blues game this season. His first was our 4-0 win against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in October.

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