12 Things You Need To Know: Arsenal vs Everton

Arsenal beat Wigan 4-0 in their last Barclays Premier League outing, with goals from Gervinho, Arteta, Vermaelen, and league top scorer van Persie

Gervinho’s goal was just his second in the Barclays Premier League this season, from 19 attempts

Mikel Arteta’s goal saw him leap ten places in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index in to 15th place. That was the Spaniard’s fourth of the season, and he has also won 63% of 20 tackles attempted.

Arteta has over taken Man City’s David Silva as the player to complete the most passes in his opponent’s half this season with an incredible 487 passes, or one every 2 minutes 26 seconds

Vermaelen’s goal was his second in successive games, though the defender has used his heading prowess more for defensive duties with 12 clearances so far this season

Van Persie’s 14th goal of the season finally closed the gap on ManchesterUnited’s Wayne Rooney in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to give top spot to the Dutchman and make him officially the best player in the Barclays Premier League so far this season

Van Persie has had 62 efforts at goal, giving him an impressive chance conversion rate of 23%

Everton fared less well and suffered a 1-0 defeat to Stoke in their last game
Fellaini once again covered the most ground for Everton against Stoke with 5.79 miles

Jack Rodwell has asked for Everton to respond immediately to the defeat against Stoke. Rodwell has scored twice so far this season, and has won 14 of 18 tackles attempted.

Everton have been accused of not creating enough chances, yet Leighton Baines has delivered 38 crosses so far this season, second only to Norwich’s Marc Tierney as the defenders to have contributed the most crosses this season

Louis Saha has had the most chances fall to him, having had 27 efforts at goal including 17 on target, with a return of just one Barclays Premier League goal

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