By Adam Clark
Tomas Rosicky has sampled the highs and the lows in his first season in English football.
Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund on the eve of last summer's World Cup the Czech international has turned in some impressive performances and scored vital goals - most notably a fine brace to knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup and a stunning strike against Hamburg in the Champions League.
But the midfielder has endured two lengthy spells on the sidelines, suffered a series of other niggling injuries and will finish his maiden term without a medal to show for it. As a result he looked all the more determined to secure Arsenal a top-four finish when he notched the equaliser against Bolton on Saturday and will no doubt be hoping to take that form into Tuesday's game against Manchester City.
Playing a similar role to Rosicky on the night will be Darius Vassell. Although predominantly seen as a striker the England international has often drifted out to the left wing this season from where he can cut in and support a lone striker.
But who's done it better? We take a look at this season's statistics to find out.
Interestingly both players have found the net on two occasions in the Premiership while setting up another two for their respective team-mates.
They have also performed equally efficiently when it comes to distribution. Rosicky has found a team-mate with 59 per cent of his 210 passes while Vassell has attempted 173 with a 58 per cent success rate.
It is worth noting that Rosicky has managed this in 1679 minutes, 437 fewer than his counterpart. This is largely a result of those aforementioned injury troubles.
Vassell does have the better of the Czech international when it comes to crossing. The City man has provided 42 centres and seen a team-mate capitalise on seven occasions. Rosicky on the other hand has attempted 11 crosses but seen a red and white shirt make the most of just one.
Another area in which our man has been more reliable is dribbling. He has taken on an opponent on 28 occasions this term and produced an end product on all but eight occasions. Vassell meanwhile has made 41 runs but retained possession just 19 times.
Finally, Rosicky is possibly the most likely to add to his goalscoring tally on Tuesday. The midfielder has mustered 49 efforts on goal so far, found the target 21 times and clattered the woodwork once. In comparison, Vassell has taken aim on 30 occasions and tested a keeper with exactly half of those attempts.
In effect it means Rosicky has found the target once every 80 minutes, 61 minutes more frequently than the Citizens striker.
Head to Head Statistics Tomas Rosicky Darius Vassell Premiership Appearances 24 27 Minutes on pitch 1679 2116 Attacking Goals 2 2 Shots on target 21 15 Shots off target 26 12 Shots blocked 0 3 Offside 0 35 Supporting Assists 2 2 Passes made 210 173 Passes complete 124 100 Passes incomplete 86 73 Crosses successful 1 7 Crosses unsuccessful 10 35 Total dribbles 28 41 Dribbles successful 20 19 Dribbles unsuccessful 8 22 Defending Tackles made 33 38 Tackles won 19 22 Tackles lost 14 16 Interceptions 4 5 Blocked Shots 1 1 Clearances 8 12 Penalties Conceded 0 0 Own Goals 0 0 Discipline Fouls 13 38 Yellow Cards 3 5
NB: Statistics as at Tuesday, April 17, 2007.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Apr 2007