Tottenham Hotspur will be without their captain and defensive lynchpin Ledley King when they make their last ever visit to Highbury on Saturday. Fortunately, they have one of the most in-form strikers in the Premiership at the other end of the pitch.

A weakened Spurs defence will at least be reassured that their other special 'K', Robbie Keane, is likely to ease the pressure with his trickery and hold-up play further up the field.

In 33 appearances, the Republic of Ireland international has scored 15 Premiership goals this term and made a further three. He has seven from just his last eight games as he establishes himself as Martin Jol's No 1 front-man.

Having begun his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Keane has played for Coventry City, alongside Ronaldo at Inter Milan and went to Leeds United before his move to White Hart Lane.

This weekend, he will hope to help Spurs record their first Highbury win for 13 years - and go a long way in securing that all-important fourth spot in the Premiership.

But if there was one man in the Premiership, if not the world, you would not want to face without your defensive rock, surely it is Thierry Henry.

Arsenal's all-time record-goalscorer is enjoying a typically prolific campaign as he sits at the top of the scorers' charts, despite missing a large chunk of the season before Christmas.

With four assists and 22 goals from his 28 appearances to date, Henry has been in imperious form again this season - cementing his mantle as the finest attacking talent in the country. On the European stage, the World Cup winner has played as a lone striker, yet managed to score five goals in nine appearances including two of the goals of the season at Real Madrid and Sparta Prague.

So what do the stats say about the pair?

Henry has had 58 shots on target, 43 off, 12 blocked and hit the woodwork with five. Keane has had 37 on, 13 off, two blocked and two repelled by the frame of the goal.

The Arsenal man edges the dribbling stakes with a success rate of 45 percent from his 66 attempts compared with Keane's 40 per cent from his 42 attempts. Henry also has a better tackling success rate [67 per cent] than his Spurs counterpart [60 per cent].

However the Tottenham man edges the passing stakes with a success rate of 58 per cent compared with Henry's 53 per cent.


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Head to Head Statistics Thierry Henry Robbie Keane Premiership Appearances 28 33 Minutes on pitch 2392 2074 Attacking Goals 22 15 Shots on target 58 37 Shots off target 43 13 Shots blocked 12 2 Offside 35 32 Supporting Assists 4 3 Passes made 144 137 Passes complete 77 80 Passes incomplete 67 57 Crosses successful 7 2 Crosses unsuccessful 30 17 Total dribbles 66 42 Dribbles successful 30 17 Dribbles unsuccessful 36 25 Defending Tackles made 33 20 Tackles won 22 12 Tackles lost 11 8 Interceptions 16 12 Blocked Shots 0 0 Clearances 9 6 Penalties Conceded 0 0 Own Goals 0 0 Discipline Fouls 31 17 Yellow Cards 2 1

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