Magic Numbers: Arsenal
We preview the visit of the Gunners in stats and numbers.
Everton entertain Arsenal on Wednesday evening looking to add to the 12 points recorded at Goodison Park so far this season.
Here we preview the game with the aid of stats, facts and numbers…
Hat-tricks scored by Everton players against Arsenal, both at Goodison Park. Roy Vernon netted his treble in 1961 and Dixie Dean famously scored three against the Gunners in the 1927/28 campaign to secure his historic and record-breaking 60 league goals.
Goalkeepers who have scored in first-team games at Goodison Park. Tim Howard scored against Bolton last season, while Peter Schmeichel registered for Aston Villa against Everton in 2001. The first dates back to Arsenal’s Frank Moss in 1935, who had swapped the keeper’s jersey to become an outfielder during the game following injury.
Goals scored by Tim Cahill and Tomasz Radzinski against Arsenal for the Toffees in the Premier League, the most by any Everton players.
Years since the Toffees last defeated Arsenal, a 1-0 victory at Goodison in March 2007 thanks to Andy Johnson’s injury time goal. Since then Arsene Wenger’s men have remained unbeaten in 10 matches.
The number of goals scored by Everton in their biggest victory over Arsenal, which was a 6-1 win at Goodison in November 1985. It was on this day that Neil Pointon made his debut at left-back after signing from Scunthorpe United.
Successive matches involving Everton in which both teams have scored. This is the first time this has happened in the same season since October 1964, although there were nine successive matches across two campaigns in 2000/01 and 2001/02. The last time both teams scored in 10 successive Everton matches was in late 1958.
Home matches unbeaten for the Toffees in all competitions. The Blues’ last defeat was a 1-0 reverse to the Gunners in March, which was the most recent meeting between the teams.
Goals scored by Dixie Dean against the Gunners. This total is more than any other Everton player.
Appearances made by Marouane Fellaini during his time at Goodison. 139 have been starts and 10 from the bench.
Stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1)