With that incredible 4-4 Anfield draw just days old, Arsenal host relegation-threatened Middlesbrough 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.

Player Profile - Kolo Toure

Afonso Alves

Kolo Toure v Afonso Alves
It has been a season to forget for Alfonso Alves. After such encouraging form towards the end of last term, four Premier League goals just hasn’t been enough from the £12million man. However, if the Brazilian fires enough goals to keep Middlesbrough in the Premier League in their last five games of the season, Gareth Southgate may have got his money’s worth. In his way on Sunday could be Kolo Toure. The Ivorian has succeeded in 89 per cent of his tackles and easily trumps Alves in the passing stakes.

TOURE V ALVES
  Kolo Toure Afonso Alves
Appearances 25 29
Minutes played 1920 2098
Assists 1 3
Unsuccessful dribbles 5 8
Successful dribbles 8 8
Goals scored 1 4
Complete passes 100 93
Incomplete passes 39 78
Shots blocked 2 22
Shots off target 8 34
Shots on target 11 54
Woodwork struck 0 3
Tackles lost 2 6
Tackles won 16 7
 

Player Profile - Cesc Fabregas

Matthew Bates

Cesc Fabregas v Matthew Bates
After a lengthy string of loan spells and injuries local-boy Matthew Bates has finally secured a regular starting berth for Boro since the turn of the year. Initially a central defender, the 22-year-old has been pushed into the midfield by Gareth Southgate to exploit his combative, industrious qualities. If he gets the nod at the Emirates he could face Cesc Fabregas who has returned from injury with a bang. The Spaniard has nine assists to Bates’ none but the pair have one goal apiece – incredibly the Boro man’s strike came from his only effort on goal all season.

 
FABREGAS V BATES
  Cesc Fabregas Matthew Bates
Appearances 18 12
Minutes played 1565 945
Assists 9 0
Unsuccessful crosses 32 2
Successful crosses 4 0
Unsuccessful dribbles 4 13
Successful dribbles 11 5
Goals scored 1 1
Complete passes 93 54
Incomplete passes 72 30
Shots off target 13 0
Shots on target 23 1
Tackles lost 5 3
Tackles won 10 7

Player Profile - Emmanuel Adebayor

David Wheater

Emmanuel Adebayor v David Wheater
One man almost certainly hoping Emmanuel Adebayor is not passed fit for Sunday is David Wheater. The young Englishman has racked up an 83 per cent tackling success rate in addition to notching once at the other end. However, he’ll be in for a busy afternoon if the Togolese returns. Adebayor, who is in the squad, has struck 10 goals, completed 18 dribbles and registered seven assists in his 24 appearances this season.

 
ADEBAYOR V WHEATER
  Emmanuel Adebayor David Wheater
Appearances 24 28
Minutes played 1862 2424
Assists 7 2
Unsuccessful dribbles 12 4
Successful dribbles 18 9
Goals scored 10 1
Offsides 43 1
Complete passes 86 121
Incomplete passes 38 87
Shots off target 25 11
Shots on target 34 8
Woodwork struck 2 0
Tackles lost 17 4
Tackles won 3 19
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