Arsenal will make the short trip to Upton Park on Sunday to face Gianfranco Zola’s new-look West Ham United. 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.
Matthew Upson v Robin van Persie
On Sunday, former Gunner Matthew Upson will find himself face-to-face with last season’s Upton Park match-winner. Robin van Persie, who headed the only goal of the game in that fixture, will be raring to go after sitting out the Istanbul goal-fest but in Upson he faces one of the Premier League’s form centre-halfs. The 29-year-old is a player with a long list of injury problems but he has played every minute of the Hammers’ season so far and has only failed in one of his eight tackles, racking up 12 clearances in the process.
|Matthew Upson||Robin van Persie|
|Passes not completed||14||12|
|Shots on target||0||15|
|Shots off target||1||16|
Matthew Etherington v Emmanuel Eboue
Emmanuel Eboue is expected to continue his spell at right-back on Sunday and he is assigned the task of shackling the reinvigorated Matthew Etherington. The ex-Spurs wideman has enjoyed a new lease of life under Gianfranco Zola, playing in an advanced left-wing role. Etherington has scored twice in the last four games but he will have to get the better of the Ivorian who has looked efficient so far, winning five of his seven tackles at one end, while assisting twice and scoring once at the other.
|Matthew Etherington||Emmanuel Eboue|
|Passes not completed||17||16|
|Shots on target||3||6|
|Shots off target||1||5|
Scott Parker v Cesc Fabregas
Scott Parker is another Hammer who has excelled under the new management team at Upton Park but the 28-year-old faces a busy Sunday afternoon. Cesc Fabregas has registered a goal and an assist in his six appearances and boasts a 100 per cent success rate in his dribbling. Parker’s passing record is marginally better than the Spaniard’s and the tenacious midfielder has won five of his six tackles so far. The England international has hit the target three times but is yet to open his goalscoring account for 2008/09.
|Scott Parker||Cesc Fabregas|
|Passes not completed||23||23|
|Shots off target||2||7|
|Shots on target||3||13|