Arsenal meet Tottenham for the 144th time on Sunday afternoon with that 4-4 draw at Emirates Stadium still reasonably fresh in the memory. 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.
Jonathan Woodgate v Robin van Persie
After starting the goalless draw with West Ham on the bench, Robin van Persie could return to the starting line-up for Sunday’s trip to the Lane. The Dutchman is bang in form and sits atop Arsenal’s Premier League goalscoring charts with nine goals, as well as seven assists, in 20 appearances. His opponent on Sunday could be cultured centre half Jonathan Woodgate who boasts a 67 per cent passing accuracy and has won nine of his 15 challenges to date. He has however already been breached by Van Persie this season, when he scored Arsenal’s third goal in the 4-4 draw on October 26.
|Jonathan Woodgate||Robin van Persie|
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Aaron Lennon v Gael Clichy
The scorer of Tottenham's equaliser in October, Aaron Lennon, is likely to feature on Sunday - possibly on the right wing. The rapid winger has played across the midfield this term, racking up almost 75 per cent shooting accuracy and notching two goals. His direct opponent on Sunday could be Gael clichy who has been almost ever present on the left of Arsenal's defence this term. The Frenchman has won 13 tackles this year in addition to completing an incredible 118 passes, the most in the Arsenal squad this season.
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Vedran Corluka v Samir Nasri
A number of sturdy performances have seen Vedran Corluka claim the right-back spot as his own this season. Spurs’ recent acquisition of Pascal Chimbonda might put his place under threat but a 75 per cent tackling success rate will make Harry Redknapp’s selection decision a tough one. If Corluka plays he is almost certain to face Samir Nasri on the left of Arsenal’s midfield. With over 75 per cent in both the dribbling and shooting stakes, Samir will give whoever he faces a tough time on Sunday afternoon.
|Vedran Corluka||Samir Nasri|
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