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Memorable Matches: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United (December 2017)

Goalscorers: Antonio Valencia 4, Jesse Lingard 11, 63, Alexandre Lacazette 49

Teams:

Arsenal: Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi (Alex Iwobi 15), Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac (Olivier Giroud 76), Granit Xhaka (Danny Welbeck 70), Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United: David de Gea, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young (Marcus Rashford 90), Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba (SENT OFF), Jesse Lingard (Matteo Darmian 76), Anthony Martial (Ander Herrera 67), Romelu Lukaku

Referee: Andre Marriner, Attendance: 59,547

The bitter rivalry between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho has been one of the fiercest managerial confrontations in recent Premier League seasons. Mourinho has often held the upper hand but going into this match in December 2017, it was Wenger who had won the most recent encounter (a 2-0 victory at The Emirates Stadium in May 2017).

Wenger had Alexandre Lacazette fit to start after he had been forced off with a groin injury in the midweek win over Huddersfield. Arsenal had won 12 successive home league matches coming into this fixture. However, they gave themselves a mountain to climb, going 2-0 down inside 11 minutes.

Only four minutes had been played when Laurent Koscielny played a poor ball. This exposed a high defensive line and Antonio Valencia was the beneficiary. Played in by Paul Pogba, the Ecuadorian drilled his shot beyond Petr Cech to hand the Red Devils the lead. Mistakes were costing Arsenal dearly. Seven minutes later, Shkodran Mustafi was caught in possession by Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku and Anthony Martial played their part in the build-up for Jesse Lingard to make it 2-0. Mustafi’s evening was over shortly afterwards, withdrawn because of injury to be replaced by Alex Iwobi.

After those early setbacks, Arsenal piled the pressure on. However, they were to be faced by one of the most outstanding goalkeeping displays ever seen in the Premier League. David de Gea once again showed why many consider him to be the best goalkeeper in world football. In total, he made 14 saves – the joint-most in a Premier League game since Opta began recording these stats in 2003.

De Gea made good saves to deny Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin and a sensational stop from a free-kick to spare Lukaku’s blushes from scoring an embarrassing own goal. Lacazette had also been denied twice in the first half but he did find a way past De Gea four minutes into the second half. Alexis Sanchez picked out Aaron Ramsey, who had just about stayed onside and he played Lacazette in to score. Then, De Gea’s finest moment was to produce a lightning stop to deny Lacazette at point-blank range, before reacting so sharply to thwart Sanchez.

Arsenal were all over the visitors but just at the crucial moment, Mourinho’s men struck on the counter-attack on 63 minutes. Pogba held off Koscielny’s best attempts to foul him and he squared the ball across the box for Lingard to have a simple tap-in and score his second of the evening. Pogba had played brilliantly but then a moment of madness saw him stamp on Bellerin’s calf and it was spotted by Andre Marriner. He had little option but to send the Frenchman off, meaning Pogba would miss the upcoming Manchester Derby at Old Trafford.

Arsenal’s first home loss in the Premier League since Watford’s surprising 2-1 success in January 2017 was a tough one for the supporters to take as Mourinho claimed the spoils again over his old adversary, helped by a dazzling display from his super Spanish goalkeeper.

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Seasonal Records: 2017-2018

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2017-2018 Premier League campaign. It was a season Manchester City completely dominated, breaking a host of records on their way to a third Premier League title.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Manchester City 38 32 4 2 106 27 +79 100
2 Manchester United 38 25 6 7 68 28 +40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur 38 23 8 7 74 36 +38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 21 12 5 84 38 +46 75
5 Chelsea 38 21 7 10 62 38 +24 70
6 Arsenal 38 19 6 13 74 51 +23 63
7 Burnley 38 14 12 12 36 39 -3 54
8 Everton 38 13 10 15 44 58 -14 49
9 Leicester City 38 12 11 15 56 60 -4 47
10 Newcastle United 38 12 8 18 39 47 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace 38 11 11 16 45 55 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 11 16 45 61 -16 44
13 West Ham United 38 10 12 16 48 68 -20 42
14 Watford 38 11 8 19 44 64 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 9 13 16 34 54 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 9 10 19 28 58 -30 37
17 Southampton 38 7 15 16 37 56 -19 36
18 Swansea City 38 8 9 21 28 56 -28 33
19 Stoke City 38 7 12 19 35 68 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion 38 6 13 19 31 56 -25 31

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1018
European qualifiers Manchester City (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester United (UEFA Champions League)

Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Champions League)

Liverpool FC (UEFA Champions League)

Chelsea (UEFA Europa League)

Arsenal (UEFA Europa League)

Burnley (UEFA Europa League)

Longest winning run 18 games (Manchester City)
Longest unbeaten run 22 games (Manchester City)
Longest winless run 20 games (West Bromwich Albion)
Longest losing run 8 games (West Bromwich Albion)
Highest attendance 83,222 (Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal)
Lowest attendance 10,242 (AFC Bournemouth vs. West Bromwich Albion)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC)
PFA Young Player of the Year Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
Football Writers’ Award Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC)
PFA Team of the Year David de Gea, Marcos Alonso, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah
Manager of the Year Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
Premier League Goal of the Season Sofiane Boufal (SOUTHAMPTON vs. West Bromwich Albion)

 

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Sergio Aguero Watford vs. Manchester City 0-6 16th September 2017
Alvaro Morata Stoke City vs. Chelsea 0-4 23rd September 2017
Callum Wilson AFC Bournemouth vs. Huddersfield Town 4-0 18th November 2017
Wayne Rooney Everton vs. West Ham United 4-0 29th November 2017
Harry Kane Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 23rd December 2017
Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton 5-2 26th December 2017
Sergio Aguero Manchester City vs. Newcastle United 3-1 20th January 2018
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal vs. Everton 5-1 3rd February 2018
Sergio Aguero (4) Manchester City vs. Leicester City 5-1 10th February 2018
Mohamed Salah (4) Liverpool FC vs. Watford 5-0 17th March 2018

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Mohamed Salah Liverpool FC 32
2 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 30
3 Sergio Aguero Manchester City 21
4 Jamie Vardy Leicester City 20
5 Raheem Sterling Manchester City 18
6 Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 16
7 Roberto Firmino Liverpool FC 15
8 Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 14
9 Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 13
10= Heung-Min Son Tottenham Hotspur 12
10= Eden Hazard Chelsea 12
10= Riyad Mahrez Leicester City 12
10= Glenn Murray Brighton & Hove Albion 12
14= Alvaro Morata Chelsea 11
14= Marko Arnautovic West Ham United 11
16= Leroy Sane Manchester City 10
16= Christian Eriksen Tottenham Hotspur 10
16= Sadio Mane Liverpool FC 10
16= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 10
16= Chris Wood Burnley 10
16= Wayne Rooney Everton 10
16= Luka Milivojevic Crystal Palace 10
23= David Silva Manchester City 9
23= Anthony Martial Manchester United 9
23= Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur 9

 

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Watford 0-6 Manchester City 16th September 2017
Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City 14th October 2017
Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool FC 9th September 2017
Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace 23rd September 2017
Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City 22nd April 2018
Liverpool FC 5-0 Swansea City 26th December 2017
Liverpool FC 5-0 Watford 17th March 2018
Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City 30th December 2017
Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield Town 29th November 2017
Arsenal 5-0 Burnley 6th May 2018

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
9 Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City 14th October 2017
9 Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City 13th May 2018
7 Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 Southampton 26th December 2017
7 Everton 2-5 Arsenal 22nd October 2017
7 Liverpool FC 4-3 Manchester City 14th January 2018
7 Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City 11th August 2017
6 Watford 0-6 Manchester City 16th September 2017
6 Manchester City 5-1 Leicester City 10th February 2018
6 Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Stoke City 9th December 2017
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-5 Liverpool FC 2nd December 2017
6 Arsenal 5-1 Everton 3rd February 2018
6 Watford 2-4 Manchester United 28th November 2017
6 Chelsea 4-2 Watford 21st October 2017
6 Watford 3-3 Liverpool FC 12th August 2017
6 Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool FC 22nd December 2017
6 AFC Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham United 26th December 2017
5 Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool FC 9th September 2017
5 Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace 23rd September 2017
5 Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City 22nd April 2018
5 Liverpool FC 5-0 Swansea City 26th December 2017

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea 0-3 AFC Bournemouth 17 years, 2 months, 24 days 31st January 2018
Ethan Ampadu Huddersfield Town 1-3 Chelsea 17 years, 2 months, 28 days 12th December 2017
Rekeem Harper West Bromwich Albion 1-0 AFC Bournemouth 17 years, 5 months, 4 days 12th August 2017
Michael Obafemi Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 17 years, 6 months, 15 days 21st January 2018
Phil Foden Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur 17 years, 6 months, 18 days 16th December 2017
Reiss Nelson Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace 18 years, 1 month, 10 days 20th January 2018
Tyrese Campbell Leicester City 1-1 Stoke City 18 years, 1 month, 27 days 24th February 2018
Brahim Diaz Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United 18 years, 5 months, 17 days 20th January 2018
Dwight McNeil Burnley 1-2 AFC Bournemouth 18 years, 5 months, 21 days 13th May 2018
Lasse Sorensen Swansea City 1-2 Stoke City 18 years, 6 months, 22 days 13th May 2018

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Julian Speroni Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal 38 years, 7 months, 10 days 28th December 2017
Gareth McAuley West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Southampton 38 years, 1 month, 29 days 3rd February 2018
Bruno Manchester City 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 years, 7 months, 8 days 9th May 2018
Peter Crouch Swansea City 1-2 Stoke City 37 years, 3 months, 13 days 13th May 2018
Heurelho Gomes Manchester United 1-0 Watford 37 years, 2 months, 28 days 13th May 2018
Gareth Barry West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Huddersfield Town 37 years, 1 day 24th February 2018
Patrice Evra Leicester City 0-2 West Ham United 36 years, 11 months, 20 days 5th May 2018
Michael Carrick Manchester United 1-0 Watford 36 years, 9 months, 15 days 13th May 2018
Willy Caballero Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield Town 36 years, 7 months, 11 days 9th May 2018
Damien Delaney Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 36 years, 7 months, 5 days 25th February 2018

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 David de Gea Manchester United 18
2 Ederson Manchester City 16
3= Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur 15
3= Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 15
5 Petr Cech Arsenal 11
5= Nick Pope Burnley 11
7= Loris Karius Liverpool FC 10
7= Jordan Pickford Everton 10
7= Mathew Ryan Brighton & Hove Albion 10
7= Jonas Lossl Huddersfield Town 10

Iconic Moments: Fernando’s horrendous miss (September 2011)

Fernando Torres cost Chelsea £50 million on transfer deadline day in January 2011 when he elected to join the Blues from Premier League rivals Liverpool FC. It is fair to say that Chelsea supporters rarely saw the best of the Torres that haunted defenders throughout the world from his Liverpool days.

The lowest point of his Chelsea career came in September 2011 at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Having scored his first goal of the season early in the second half, the Spaniard got the perfect opportunity to double his tally with seven minutes left to play.

Played through by Ramires, Torres beat the offside trap and rounded goalkeeper David de Gea. The goal was gaping infront of him. Somehow, he managed to slice his shot wide into a delighted Stretford End. Cue a serious amount of laughter from United supporters and Liverpool fans who had never quite forgiven Torres for his transfer.

Sky Sports analyst Jamie Redknapp said: “To use a golfing term, it was almost like a yip.”

It remains one of the worst misses we’ve ever seen in the first 25 years of Premier League football.