With their FA Cup Semi Final place assured, Arsène Wenger's men are back in Premier League action when they travel to Newcastle 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.

Michael Owen

Player Profile - William Gallas

Michael Owen v William Gallas
Perhaps there could be no greater shot in the arm for Newcastle’s relegation battle than the return to full fitness of Michael Owen. As usual, the striker’s season has been interrupted by injury but his class has still shone through in his 20 appearances this term. He could lock horns with William Gallas after the Frenchman’s late winner against Hull in midweek. The centre back has a lofty 75 per cent success rate in dribbling and trumps Owen on completed passes too.

OWEN V GALLAS
  Michael Owen William Gallas
Appearances 20 21
Minutes played 1407 1890
Successful dribbles 4 6
Unsuccessful dribbles 3 2
Free-kicks taken 6 10
Goals scored 8 2
Complete passes 61 85
Incomplete passes 32 34
Shots blocked 5 2
Shots off target 11 6
Shots on target 17 5
Woodwork struck 1 1
Tackles lost 3 7
Tackles won 6 13
 

Fabricio Coloccini

Player Profile - Nicklas Bendtner

Fabricio Coloccini v Nicklas Bendtner
Incredibly, with only nine games left of the season, Fabricio Coloccini has played every minute of every Premier League fixture so far. He might face Nicklas Bendtner on Saturday if Arsène Wenger decides to recall the Dane to his starting line-up. The 21-year-old has scored five goals and registered two assists in his 22 appearances this term but will have to be at his best to evade the Argentinian who has completed 22 tackles this term – as many as other player in the two squads.

COLOCCINI V BENDTNER
  Fabricio Coloccini Nicklas Bendtner
Appearances 29 22
Minutes played 2610 1206
Assists 0 2
Clearances 50 8
Unsuccessful dribbles 6 4
Successful dribbles 8 9
Goals scored 0 5
Complete passes 113 67
Incomplete passes 79 32
Shots off target 4 17
Shots on target 1 27
Woodwork struck 0 2
Tackles lost 5 10
Tackles won 22 2
 

Steven Taylor

Player Profile - Samir Nasri

Steven Taylor v Samir Nasri
Steven Taylor’s move from the centre to the right of Newcastle’s defensive four has given the 23-year-old a new lease of life. On Saturday, he looks set to face Samir Nasri who could start for the Gunners having been named on the bench for Tuesday’s victory over Hull City. Nasri’s impressive dribbling success and shooting accuracy have caught the eye this season but interestingly the former England Under-21 actually shades the shooting stakes in this match-up.

TAYLOR V NASRI
  Steven Taylor Samir Nasri
Appearances 22 24
Minutes played 1896 1976
Assists 1 2
Unsuccessful crosses 4 29
Successful crosses 1 3
Unsuccessful dribbles 4 7
Successful dribbles 3 23
Goals scored 3 5
Complete passes 92 105
Incomplete passes 49 60
Shots off target 2 7
Shots on target 7 23
Tackles lost 2 17
Tackles won 10 8
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