Today’s opta stat

22 years ago today, Manchester United were 12 points behind league leaders Newcastle after both sides had played 23 games, before going on to win the league in May. They currently sit 12 points behind leaders Manchester City after 23 Premier League games. Repeat?

Arsenal went 4-0 up in the opening 22 minutes inthis game – the earliest a side has led by that many in a Premier League game since Liverpool against the Gunners themselves in February 2014 (20 minutes).

Alexandre Lacazette’s strike was the 500th by French players for Arsenal in the Premier League (excluding own goals) – 358 more than any other side in the competition.

Nacho Monreal was involved in three of Arsenal’s goals before being substituted (1 goal, 2 assists) – as many as in his previous 43 Premier League games combined (2 goals, 1 assist).

Roy Hodgson is now winless in all 11 of his Premier League away London derbies as manager (D3 L8).

Crystal Palace have now lost just two of their last 13 Premier League games (W5 D6), with both defeats coming against Arsenal.

Man Utd have won back-to-back league games atTurf Moor for the first time since May 1963.

Man Utd have won five of their last six away Premier League games (D1) after winning just two of the 10 prior to this run (D4 L4).

Burnley have lost three consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since April 2010.Burnley have won one of their last 25 matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D10 L14).

David Moyes has collected 15 points from his last eight Premier League matches (P8 W4 D3 L1), one more than he won in his previous 28 matches…

Antonio Conte has dropped only two points from 27 available in Premier League matches against newly promoted sides (P9 W8 D1 L0), a 1-1 draw with Burnley last season. Initiation. 

Eden Hazard’s strike was his 100th league goal of his career (36 for Lille, 64 for Chelsea). Dangerous. #BHACHE

Eden Hazard has now scored (65) or assisted (37) 102 Premier League goals for @ChelseaFC; taking him ahead of Gianfranco Zola (101) to outright third for the club in the competition. Class.

 Arsenal have lost just one of their last 16 matches against Palace in all competitions (W11 D4), a 3-0 defeat in the Premier League last April. Gunned.1 – Arsenal have lost just one of their last 16 matches against Palace in all competitions (W11 D4), a 3-0 defeat in the Premier League last April. Gunned.

Everton haven’t had a single shot on target in the Premier League since Idrissa Gueye’s goal against Bournemouth, a run of 213 minutes without one – they have had 21 shots since Gueye scored. Blanks.

Watford have picked up just five points from their last 30 available in the Premier League (W1 D2 L7) – no side has picked up fewer points over their last 10 games in the competition. Slump.

 Stoke have alternated between defeat and either a win/draw in their last 10 Premier League home games, losing last time out against Newcastle. Inconsistency.

Since the start of last season, Arsenal have scored 27 headed goals in the Premier League, more than any other team. Nut.

Sergio Aguero has had a hand in 13 Premier League goals against Newcastle (11 goals, 2 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 49 minutes. Sharpshooter.

 Kevin De Bruyne has provided more assists in the Premier League this season than any other player. Delivery.

David de Gea has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in Europe’s big five leagues this season (14). Reliable.

Oumar Niasse scored after 56 seconds of coming on versus West Brom – the fastest goal by a substitute in the Premier League this season. Super.

Anthony Martial has scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances for @ManUtd for the first time. Flourishing.

Jonjoe Kenny (on 38 minutes v West Brom) registered Everton’s first shot on target in 251 minutes of Premier League action. Target.

Since the start of 2014-15, Jamie Vardy has won more penalties in the Premier League than any other player (13). Nuisance.

3 – Sergio Aguero has scored the first perfect Premier League hat-trick since the Argentine himself scored one against Newcastle in October 2015. Deja-vu.

 Manchester City are now unbeaten in 21 Premier League matches against Newcastle United (W18 D3) – extending their longest ever unbeaten run against a side in their league history. Habit.

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