Arsenal needed a last-gasp equaliser when they met Sunderland earlier on in the season but they will go into Saturday's clash buoyed by Monday's FA Cup victory. 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 Sunday you will be impressing anyone who will listen with your new-found knowledge.

Player Profile - William Gallas

Kenwyne Jones

William Gallas v Kenwyne Jones
After missing the first three months of the season, Kenwyne Jones has returned to the Sunderland starting line-up with a bang. The striker has hit seven goals in his 16 appearances this term, helping the Black Cats rise steadily up the Premier League. In his way on Saturday is William Gallas who has completed 90 minutes in Arsenal’s last three league fixtures. The Frenchman has won 12 of his 18 tackles this term in addition to an impressive 75 per cent dribbling success rate.

  William Gallas Kenwyne Jones
Appearances 19 16
Minutes played 1710 1227
Assists 0 1
Clearances 30 2
Successful dribbles 6 4
Unsuccessful dribbles 2 2
Goals scored 2 7
Complete passes 78 45
Incomplete passes 34 35
Shots on target 5 27
Shots off target 5 12
Hit woodwork 1 1
Tackles won 12 2
Tackles lost 6 2

Player Profile - Denilson

Steed Malbranque

Denilson v Steed Malbranque
Denilson and Steed Malbranque could serve up a mouth-watering midfield clash on Saturday afternoon. The pair have appeared 24 times each this season with Denilson edging his opponent in the passing and goalscoring stakes. On the other hand, the ex-Spurs midfielder has completed more tackles and registered four more assists than the Brazilian. Malbranque has completed the most successful dribbles of the pair but has also failed more often.

  Denilson Steed Malbranque
Appearances 24 24
Minutes played 2097 1864
Assist 5 9
Successful crosses 3 7
Unsuccessful crosses 12 22
Successful dribbles 9 17
Unsuccessful dribbles 4 14
Goals scored 3 1
Complete passes 109 101
Incomplete passes 62 73
Shots off target 12 10
Shots on target 13 10
Tackles lost 8 13
Tackles won 16 18

Player Profile - Nicklas Bendtner

Anton Ferdinand

Nicklas Bendtner v Anton Ferdinand
With Emmanuel Adebayor laid low by a hamstring injury for the next couple of weeks, Nicklas Bendtner could get the nod in attack on Saturday. The Dane has struck three times in the Premier League this term, assisting twice. Anton Ferdinand has been almost ever-present for the Black Cats since September, winning seven of his five tackles and completing 36 clearances. An occasional goalscorer for his former club West Ham, Ferdinand has cut down on his forward forays this season averaging one shot on goal every 10 games.

  Nicklas Bendtner Anton Ferdinand
Appearances 18 20
Minutes played 920 1800
Clearances 7 36
Successful dribbles 7 5
Unsuccessful dribbles 4 6
Total dribbles 11 11
Goals scored 3 0
Complete passes 53 75
Incomplete passes 24 55
Shots on target 18 0
Shots off target 10 2
Tackles lost 6 5
Tackles won 1 7
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19 Feb 2009