After beating one of the 'big four' last weekend, Arsenal will now come up against perhaps the best of the rest when they face Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium. 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 - Bacary Sagna

Ashley Young

Bacary Sagna v Ashley Young
Ashley Young’s career has shifted up another gear this season and he has become a vital component of Martin O’Neil’s fifth-place Aston Villa side. The winger’s searing pace makes him almost unmarkable and his sparkling form this term has brought him four assists and two goals from the left flank. But, if there is one man in the Premier League who can keep up with Young, it is Bacary Sagna. The defender has done a spot of running himself this campaign, completing three of his four dribbles as he continues to offer the Gunners an extra attacking element from his right-back berth.

  Bacary Sagna Ashley Young
Appearances 11 12
Minutes played 867 1080
Assists 0 4
Unsuccessful crosses 17 42
Successful crosses 0 6
Unsuccessful dribbles 1 6
Successful dribbles 3 12
Goals scored 0 2
Passes completed 47 47
Passes not completed 25 37
Shots off target 2 10
Shots on target 2 14
Tackles lost 5 9
Tackles won 4 6

Player Profile - Denilson

Gareth Barry

Denilson v Gareth Barry
Saturday sees the meeting of two of the most evenly-matched central midfielders in the Premier League this season. The pair have both found the net twice but Denilson has one assist more than the 27-year-old Aston Villa captain. Barry has a superior pass completion rate and his 14 clearances allude to the Villa man’s heightened defensive responsibilities, however the pair are neck-and-neck in the tackling stakes both having won five of their 10 challenges. Barry is known to drift wide to deliver crosses from the left but his accuracy in this department has been slightly disappointing with just two from 14 finding their target.

  Denilson Gareth Barry
Appearances 11 12
Minutes played 927 1044
Assists 3 2
Clearances 0 14
Unsuccessful crosses 2 12
Successful crosses 2 2
Unsuccessful dribbles 2 2
Successful dribbles 3 5
Goals 2 2
Passes completed 48 61
Passes not completed 29 31
Shots on target 9 8
Tackles lost 5 5
Tackles won 5 5

Player Profile - Theo Walcott

Nicky Shorey

Theo Walcott v Nicky Shorey
Nicky Shorey was one of the shining lights in Reading’s brief flirtation with the Premier League and as such earned himself a summer transfer to Aston Villa after the Royals’ relegation. Usually known for his attacking forays and deadly set-piece delivery, this season Shorey has turned heads with a string of consummate defensive displays. The 27-year-old has won six of his seven tackles and completed 16 clearances but is yet to muster a shot on goal this term.  He will have to call upon all that defensive know-how on Saturday when he meets Theo Walcott. The effervescent wideman has completed 14 dribbles, hit the target 11 times and bagged one goal and one assist this season.

  Theo Walcott Nicky Shorey
Appearances 12 11
Minutes played 675 886
Assists 1 1
Clearances 2 16
Successful dribbles 14 7
Unsuccessful dribbles 12 5
Goals scored 1 0
Passes completed 39 51
Passes not completed 23 26
Shots off target 10 0
Shots on target 11 0
Tackles lost 5 1
Tackles made 7 7
Tackles won 2 6
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13 Nov 2008