Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways when they head north to Teesside to face Middlesbrough on Saturday. 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.

Stewart Downing

Player Profile - Bacary Sagna

Stewart Downing v Bacary Sagna
Without a goal and boasting only two assists this term, Stewart Downing is short of the form that has made him Boro’s talisman in recent years. Often revered for his pinpoint crossing accuracy, the 24-year-old has completed only six of his 64 crosses this term.  Bacary Sagna has a pass completion rate of over 60 per cent, completing five of his 11 tackles to date this term.

  Stewart Downing Bacary Sagna
Appearances 16 14
Minutes played 1433 1118
Assists 2 0
Clearances 7 19
Successful crosses 6 0
Unsuccessful crosses 58 18
Successful dribbles 6 3
Unsuccessful dribbles 6 1
Complete passes 75 62
Incomplete passes 61 30
Shots off target 18 3
Shots on target 12 3
Tackles lost 4 6
Tackles won 4 5

Tuncay Sanli

Player Profile - William Gallas

Tuncay Sanli v William Gallas
Tuncay Sanli has emerged as one of the most technically gifted deep-lying forwards in the Premier League. The Turkish international has scored four goals and registered one assist in his 11 appearances this season. William Gallas, who has a 57 per cent tackling success rate this term, could be the man in his way on Saturday . The centre half has a much better passing record than his opponent and narrowly trumps Sanli in the dribbling stakes too.

  Tuncay Sanli William Gallas
Appearances 11 12
Minutes played 964 1080
Assists 1 0
Clearances 2 18
Successful dribbles 2 2
Unsuccessful dribbles 2 1
Goals scored 4 1
Complete passes 40 48
Incomplete passes 31 17
Shots off target 7 4
Shots on target 11 4
Shots on woodwork 0 0
Tackles lost 5 3
Tackles win 5 4

Chris Riggott

Player Profile - Robin van Persie

Chris Riggott v Robin van Persie
David Wheater’s suspension means that Chris Riggott could be the man assigned to Robin van Persie who is expected to return to the Gunners’ front line after sitting out Wednesday’s defeat at Porto. The Dutchman has scored seven goals and hit the woodwork twice this season. Riggott has generated an 80 per cent success rate and completed 14 clearances in his eight appearances this season.

Chris Riggot Robin van Persie
Appearances 8 13
minutes played 682 994
Assists 0 3
Clearances 14 2
Successful dribbles 2 4
Unsuccessful dribbles 1 2
Goals scored 0 7
Complete passes 31 49
Incomplete passes 20 28
Shots off target 0 26
Shots on target 2 23
Shots on woodwork 0 2
Tackles lost 2 3
Tackles won 8 2
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12 Dec 2008