A fortnight after beating Manchester United, Arsenal take on the blue half of the city when they travel to Eastlands on Saturday. This season Arsenal.com 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.

Vincent Kompany

Player Profile - Robin van Persie

Vincent Kompany v Robin van Persie
Fresh from his Dutch double against Sweden on Wednesday night, Robin van Persie goes toe-to-toe with one of the season’s best defensive acquisitions. Vincent Kompany’s 100 per cent success rate in dribbling is evidence of his composure on the ball as the Belgian has brought some calmness to a slightly leaky City defence. Van Persie has tried his luck 40 times this season, with half of them hitting the target and five of them hitting the net.

  Vincent Kompany Robin van Persie
Appearances 11 10
Minutes played 990 724
Assists 0 3
Clearances 0 1
Dribbles made 5 4
Dribbles completed 5 3
Goals scored 1 5
Passes completed 49 35
Passes not completed 25 18
Shots off target 3 20
Shots on target 7 20
Woodwork hit 0 2
Tackles lost 12 2
Tackles won 18 0

Shaun Wright-Phillips

Player Profile - Gael Clichy

Shaun Wright-Phillips v Gael Clichy
Shaun Wright-Phillips’ sojourn to Stamford Bridge may not have hit the heights that the young winger would have liked but his experience in west London transformed his talent from raw to real. The 27-year-old, who has hit the target 14 times this season, will be up against Gael Clichy on Saturday as the Frenchman looks to bounce back from his own goal against Aston Villa last time out.

  Shaun Wright-Phillips Gael Clichy
Appearances 11 13
Minutes played 985 1126
Assists 2 0
Clearances 2 16
Goals scored 3 1
Offsides 2 1
Own goals 0 1
Passes completed 51 62
Passes not completed 31 32
Shots off target 8 1
Shots on target 14 3
Tackles made 28 15
Tackles won 8 7
Tackles lost 20 8


Player Profile - William Gallas

Robinho v William Gallas
On Saturday William Gallas faces one of the most exciting talents to hit these shores this decade. Robinho is the figurehead of the new-look Manchester City and he has struck seven goals in his 10 appearances. The Brazilian’s Premier League tenacity may have come as a surprise to some and he has made 16 tackles already this season, 10 more than Gallas. In contrast, the Frenchman boasts a superior pass completion rate to his opponent.

  Robinho William Gallas
Appearances 10 11
Minutes played 885 990
Assists 2 0
Clearances 0 17
Successful dribbles 15 2
Unsuccessful dribbles 8 1
Goals scored 7 1
Passes completed 49 43
Passes not completed 23 17
Shots off target 11 4
Shots on target 22 4
Woodwork hit 1 1
Tackles lost 11 3
Tackles won 5 3
Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source
20 Nov 2008