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 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|
|Passes not completed||25||18|
|Shots off target||3||20|
|Shots on target||7||20|
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|
|Passes not completed||31||32|
|Shots off target||8||1|
|Shots on target||14||3|
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.
|Passes not completed||23||17|
|Shots off target||11||4|
|Shots on target||22||4|