The curtain falls on another Premier League season on Sunday but not before the Gunners host Stoke at Emirates Stadium. This season 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 knowledg

Player Profile - Robin van Persie

Abdoulaye Faye

Robin van Persie v Abdoulaye Faye
Before Stoke’s final home game of the season last Saturday, Abdoulaye Faye was named the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season on the Britannia Stadium turf. He could well lock horns with Arsenal top goalscorer Robin van Persie, looking for his first home Premier League goal of 2009. The Dutchman has nine goals and nine assists this term but his opponent’s defensive stats make impressive reading. The massive Senegalese has 28 blocks, 59 clearances, 23 interceptions and 22 tackles in his 35 outings.

  Robin van Persie Abdoulaye Faye
Appearances 27 35
Minutes played 2123 3097
Assists 9 0
Blocks made 1 28
Clearances 4 59
Unsuccessful dribbles 6 12
Successful dribbles 8 22
Goals scored 9 3
Interceptions made 0 23
Complete passes 98 142
Incomplete passes 54 100
Shots off target 48 7
Shots on target 49 9
Tackles lost 14 5
Tackles won 4 22

Player Profile - Alexandre Song

Ricardo Fuller

Alex Song v Ricardo Fuller
Alex turned in one of his performances of the season at centre-half last Saturday in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. His manager described the move as an ‘experiment’ and he may persevere with it against Stoke at the weekend. If he does, Song could face Stoke’s top goalscorer Ricardo Fuller. The Jamaican international has bagged 10 goals and two assists in his 33 appearances this term as Stoke have quite comfortably avoided the drop. Song has a goal of his own this season and an impressive 81 per cent tackling success rate.

  Alex Song Ricardo Fuller
Appearances 30 33
Minutes played 1971 2299
Assists 1 2
Unsuccessful crosses 2 9
Successful crosses 1 1
Unsuccessful dribbles 3 19
Successful dribbles 6 11
Goals scored 1 10
Complete passes 106 99
Incomplete passes 49 79
Shots off target 10 31
Shots on target 6 23
Tackles lost 3 8
Tackles won 13 2

Player Profile - Bacary Sagna

Matthew Etherington

Bacary Sagna v Matthew Etherington
Some of Stoke’s success this season must be attributed to Tony Pulis’ shrewd January signings. One of those was Matthew Etherington who made the switch from West Ham during the transfer window. The Cornwall-born winger has racked up three assists and a healthy 67 per cent dribbling success rate since his move to the Potteries. On Sunday, he will probably come face to face with Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna. The Frenchman trumps his opponent in the passing stats and his 31 won tackles this season is by far the best record in the Arsenal squad.

  Bacary Sagna Matthew Etherington
Appearances 34 14
Minutes played 2880 1086
Assists 1 3
Clearances 42 0
Unsuccessful crosses 47 16
Successful crosses 5 4
Unsuccessful dribbles 5 6
Successful dribbles 10 12
Complete passes 158 62
Incomplete passes 82 43
Shots off target 6 4
Shots on target 6 2
Tackles lost 13 3
Tackles won 31 7
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21 May 2009