Arsenal complete the final stage of their away-day triple on Saturday when they travel to Bolton. 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'll be impressing anyone who'll listen with your new-found knowledge.


Player Profile - Denilson

Fabrice Muamba v Denilson
Arsenal will come across a familiar face patrolling the Bolton midfield on Saturday in the form of Fabrice Muamba. The 20-year-old joined Arsenal as a schoolboy in 2002 and signed his first professional deal in 2005. After a successful loan spell at Birmingham, the Blues paid a reported £4 million for his services. Despite relegation for the St. Andrews outfit, Gary Megson saw enough to take Muamba to the Lancashire club in the summer and the midfielder has played every minute so far this season. He will be up against Denilson in the middle of the park, who will make his 50th Arsenal appearance at the Reebok Stadium. Denilson has performed admirably in his 339 minutes this season - he has managed two assists and opened his goal-scoring account with a 59th minute strike against Newcastle in August.

  Fabrice Muamba Denilson
League appearance 4 4

Minutes played

360 339
Assists 0 2
Fouls 6 7
Passes completed 17 18
Passes not completed 13 8
Total passes 30 26
Shots off target 4 1
Shots on target 1 3
Tackles made 8 5
Tackles lost 4 3
Tackles won 4 2


Player Profile - Gael Clichy

Joey O'Brien v Gael Clichy
O’Brien has emerged as a genuine right winger for Bolton this season. After starting his Wanderers career as a right-back, the summer departures of El-Hadji Diouf and Stelios Giannakopoulus opened the door for the young Irishman on the wing. Although he has been slightly wasteful with his crossing - his completion rate is two from seven - O’Brien has registered an assist already this season and he continues to find his groove. Hoping to stop him is Gael Clichy. The full-back has not missed a minute of the action so far this season and has continued the same form that saw him voted the best in the Premier League last season. As well as an outstanding defensive head, Clichy provides the Gunners with an attacking outlet. Of the six dribbles he has made, only two have been stopped and the Frenchman has completed 17 of his 22 passes.

  Joey O'Brien Gael Clichy
League appearance 4 4
Minutes played 279 360
Assists 1 0
Clearances 5 5
Successful crosses 2 0
Unsuccessful crosses 5 2
Dribbles made 1 6
Successful dribbles 1 4
Fouls 3 4
Interceptions 3 2
Passes made 26 22
Passes completed 14 17


Player Profile - Theo Walcott

Jlloyd Samuel v Theo Walcott
There can’t be many things more frightening for a Premier League left-back than facing Theo Walcott in his current form. The England international has featured in all four League fixtures so far and is looking ever more likely to convert his goal-scoring exploits for England to Arsenal. Jlloyd Samuel is the man with the unenviable task of trying to stop him. After 169 appearances for Aston Villa, Samuel moved north to Lancashire in 2007 and has firmly established himself as an integral part of the Trotters’ defensive quartet. The 27-year-old is yet to hit top gear this term, completing just over 50 per cent of his passes and failing in six of his eight dribbles. Theo has looked threatening throughout and has completed 15 of his 21 passes. A club goal in 2008/09 still eludes the 19-year-old but he’ll be hoping to quash that stat at The Reebok.

Jlloyd Samuel Theo Walcott
League appearances 4 4
Minutes played 360 290
Dribbles made 8 7
Successful driblles 2 5
Unsuccessful dribbles 6 2
Passes made 31 21
Complete passes 16 15
Incomplete passes 15 6
Shots on target 0 4
Tackles made 9 2
Tackles won 5 0
Tackles lost 4 2
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19 Sep 2008