After beating Manchester United and Chelsea already this term, Arsenal face the last remaining member of the 'big four' on Sunday. 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 Sunday you will be impressing anyone who will listen with your new-found knowledge.
Gael Clichy v Dirk Kuyt
After originally signing for Liverpool as a striker, Dirk Kuyt has been increasingly deployed on the right of midfield. The Dutchman has transferred his goal-poaching nous to the midfield - hitting five goals so far this term - as well as setting up goals for his team-mates. Gael Clichy, who has won nine of his 17 tackles, could be the man in Kuyt’s way. The Frenchman’s attacking qualities have once again caught the eye this season with a 50 per cent dribbling success rate and even a goal to his name.
|Gael Clichy||Dirk Kuyt|
|Passes not completed||48||49|
|Shots on target||4||21|
|Shots off target||1||24|
Cesc Fabregas v Steven Gerrard
As per usual, a ‘Big Four’ clash throws up a mouth-watering midfield battle. This time, the two skippers will lock horns in the engine room. Fabregas has looked imperious since being handed the armband in November and boasts twice as many assists as Gerrard. On the other hand, the England international has scored five more than the Spaniard and has a superior tackling success rate. You sense that perhaps whoever wins this key battle won’t be on the losing side on Sunday.
|Cesc Fabregas||Steven Gerrard|
|Shots off target||11||29|
|Shots on target||23||27|
Emmanuel Adebayor v Jamie Carragher
While Emmanuel Adebayor scored for the second successive match last weekend, Jamie Carragher doubled his season’s own goal tally against Hull City at Anfield. Despite this, the defender represents one of Adebayor’s toughest challenges this campaign especially considering he has won 14 of his 16 tackles. The Togolese too has been in superb form of late and has registered seven assists along with the seven goals that make him Arsenal’s joint top goalscorer in the Premier League.
|Emmanuel Adebayor||Jamie Carragher|
|Shots off target||23||1|
|Shots on target||23||2|