Arsenal's defeat to Fulham in August was as painful as it was unexpected but this Saturday Arsène Wenger's men will have their chance for revenge. This season 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.

Player Profile - Robin van Persie

Brede Hangeland

Robin van Persie v Brede Hangeland
Brede Hangeland’s 21st-minute strike was enough for Fulham to inflict Arsenal’s first defeat of the season back in August. It signalled the start of a terrific first season in England for the Norwegian captain who has swiftly emerged as one of the Premier League’s best central defenders. But he won’t have faced much stiffer opposition than Robin van Persie, who has netted or created every Arsenal goal scored while he has been on the pitch in 2009.

Robin van Persie v Brede Hangeland
  Robin van Persie Brede Hangeland 
Appearances 22 24 
Minutes Played 1736 2160 
Assists 7


4 43 
Successful dribbles 7
Unsuccessful dribbles 6
Goals scored 9
Complete passes 82 93 
Incomplete passes 43 60 
Shots on target 34
Shots off target 40
Tackles won 4 22 
Tackles lost 11

Player Profile - Kolo Toure

Andrew Johnson

Kolo Toure v Andrew Johnson
Vitally for Fulham, Andrew Johnson has managed to stay fit for the majority of this season and has struck six times for the Cottagers - although the ex-Everton frontman is yet to find the net on the road. On Saturday he could face Kolo Toure who has won an outstanding 86 per cent of his tackles.

Kolo Toure v Andrew Johnson
  Kolo Toure Andrew Johnson
Appearances 18  21 
Minutes played 1334 1865 
Assists 0
Successful dribbles 4 12 
Unsuccessful dribbles 4
Goals scored 0
Complete passes 70 72 
Incomplete passes 29 43 
Shots on target 9 32 
Shots off target 8
Hit woodwork 0
Tackles won 13
Tackles lost 2

Player Profile - Bacary Sagna

Simon Davies

Bacary Sagna v Simon Davies
Bacary Sagna could come up against the in-form Simon Davies down Fulham’s left-hand side on Saturday. The Frenchman trumps his opponent in the dribbling and passing stakes but interestingly, is matched by the Welshman in tackling. Davies’ five assists make him Fulham’s No 1 goal architect this season.

Bacary Sagna v Simon Davies
  Bacary Sagna Simon Davies 


24 25 
Minutes played 2000 2219 
Assists 0
Successful dribbles 6
Unsuccessful dribbles 3
Complete passes 108 106 
Incomplete passes 53 61 
Shots on target 6
Shots off target 3 20 
Tackles won 19 23 
Tackles lost 9 11 
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27 Feb 2009