Arsenal’s inconsistent start to the season continued with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of North London rivals Tottenham in their last Premier League fixture. Arsenal covered 119km in that game with Aaron Ramsey covering the most ground for the 6th time in 7 games this season, with 12.85km
Arsenal’s top ranked player Robin van Persie remains down in 68th place in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index
Transfer rumours surround van Persie at present, and the Dutch striker has been doing all he can to lift the Gunner with three goals from 30 attempts at goal, including an impressive 63% on target
Van Persie has also contributed an assist, meaning he has had a hand in 4 out of Arsenal’s 10 goals so far in the Barclays Premier League
Arsenal have continued their tradition of passing football with the their new look midfield. Ramsey and Arteta are both in the top 5 passers in the league in 2nd and 5th position with 220 and 191 passes respectively.
Both players have also been putting in the yards with Ramsey covering 12.85km and Arteta 12.41km in the North London derby.
Sunderland showed terrific spirit to come back from two goals down against West Brom in their last Barclays Premier League fixture
Nicklas Bendtner scored his first goal for the club having had six shots on target for them so far this season. Bendtner also covered more ground than any other
Sunderland player in that game, with 11.2km and Arsenal should be wary of their former player when in confident form
Midfielder Sebastian Larsson is Sunderland’s top ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index in 31st place having scored twice and also won 82% of tackles attempted and delivered 18 crosses into the box
Wes Brown is also ranked above Arsenal’s top ranked player in 47th place. The former United defender has been relishing regular first team football under Steve Bruce and won 83% of tackles attempted this season adding 14 clearances and 9 blocks