11 Things You Need To Know: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Nine man Chelsea suffered defeat at the hands of West London neighbours QPR last weekend.

That defeat saw Chelsea players drop down the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, with Frank Lampard and John Terry dropping out of the top ten to 13th and 14th respectively

Chelsea covered 95.161km in that game, compared to QPR’s 114.754km

Despite those red cards, Chelsea’s disciplinary record has been good this season with just two players in the top 35 for fouls conceded (Ramires and Mikel, both with 13 fouls conceded)

In Ashley Cole Chelsea also have the fourth most prolific tackler in the league, having won 28 tackles, 85% of all those attempted

Arsenal overcame Stoke to win 3-1 last weekend, thanks to in form Robin van Persie’s late double

Van Persie has had more attempts at goal than any other player in the Barclays Premier League with 37 (65% on target). Six goals in his last four Premier League games takes his season tally to seven.

Arsenal covered 115.273km in that game, and it is noteworthy that they covered more ground in the second half than the first half (57.25km v 58.023km) as van Persie’s presence inspired his team to lift their performance

Aaron Ramsey covered the most ground for the gunners with 12.48km. The young Welsh midfielder has covered more ground than any of his team mates in seven of his eight starts so far this season

Yao Gervinho scored his second goal for Arsenal in the Premier League in that game, and also supplied the assist for van Persie’s two goals

The Ivory Coast hit man has had 12 attempts at goal so far this season, getting 58% on target

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