Arsenal will be hoping to cash in on Everton's stuttering start to the Premier League campaign at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. This season Arsenal.com will be identifying the key battles for the game. We will bring you all the statistics and information a fan could need so swot up now and come Saturday you will be impressing anyone who will listen with your new-found knowledge.
Emmanuel Adebayor v Phil Jagielka
Emmanuel Adebayor goes into the clash with Everton off the back of a four-goal haul for Togo on Saturday but he is still yet to hit top gear in the Premier League. The hat-trick at Blackburn on September 13 remains his only League goals this season but the striker has chipped in with four assists and has hit the woodwork twice already. Phil Jagielka’s only goal this season was in the wrong net and he has only found the correct target on one occasion. Adebayor might also be encouraged by the fact that the ex-Sheffield United defender has been unsuccessful in over 70 percent of his tackles.
|Emmanuel Adebayor||Phil Jagielka|
|Passes not completed||8||22|
|Shots off target||13||2|
|Shots on target||9||1|
Gael Clichy v Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta has picked up where he left off last season as the perennial heartbeat of Everton’s attacking play. The Spaniard has set-up four goals and scored twice from his right-wing berth but may find himself on the back foot when he comes face-to-face with Gael Clichy. The 23-year-old has looked superb going forward so far this season with 29 complete passes and five successful dribbles. He has managed to hit the target twice so far but he is still searching for that elusive first Arsenal goal.
|Gael Clichy||Mikel Arteta|
|Passes not completed||12||21|
|Shots on target||2||3|
Theo Walcott v Leighton Baines
Leighton Baines has become a genuine attacking outlet in his five appearances for the Toffees this term with two assists and eight successful dribbles but he will have his hands full on Saturday afternoon. Theo Walcott, fresh from England’s 3-1 victory in Belarus, is likely to be Baines’ direct opponent and his pace alone will ensure a busy game for the ex-Wigan defender. Much has been made of Walcott’s need for protection and he faces a physical test this weekend - Baines has already been penalised for over-zealous tackling on six occasions.
|Theo Walcott||Leighton Baines|
|Passes not completed||13||15|
|Shots off target||6||1|
|Shots on target||5||1|