After their Wembley heartbreak on Saturday Arsenal must travel to Anfield on Tuesday to face Rafa Benitez’s title-hopefuls Liverpool. 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.

Fernando Torres

Player Profile - Kolo Toure

Fernando Torres v Kolo Toure
Despite another spate of injuries this term, Fernando Torres has once again surged to the top of Liverpool’s Premier League goalscoring chart. The Spaniard bagged a quality brace last time out against Blackburn Rovers taking his tally to 11 in 19 appearances. His opponent will almost certainly be Kolo Toure who, Mikael Silvestre aside, is the Gunners’ only fit senior centre-half. The Ivorian boasts an 89 per cent tackling success rate and a far superior pass completion rate to Torres.

TORRES V TOURE
  Fernando Torres Kolo Toure
Appearances 19 24
Minutes played 1335 1830
Assists 4 1
Unsuccessful dribbles 15 5
Successful dribbles 9 8
Goals scored 11 1
Offsides 14 1
Complete passes 59 100
Incomplete passes 34 39
Shots off target 20 8
Shots on target 32 11
Woodwork struck 3 0
Tackles lost 7 2
Tackles won 6 16
 

Jamie Carragher

Player Profile - Nicklas Bendtner

Jamie Carragher v Nicklas Bendtner
In the absence of Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie, it looks likely that Nicklas Bendtner will play some part at Anfield. The young Dane has been a more than adequate back-up forward this season, bagging six goals and two assists in his 25 appearances. He could lock horns with Jamie Carragher who, remarkably, has only missed 20 minutes of Premier League action this season. Liverpool’s vice-captain has won 34 of his 40 tackles, registered two assists but also notched a couple of own goals this season.

CARRAGHER V BENDTNER
  Jamie Carragher Nicklas Bendtner
Appearances 32 25
Minutes played 2861 1405
Assists 2 2
Clearances 60 8
Unsuccessful dribbles 8 4
Successful dribbles 11 9
Goals scored 0 6
Offsides 0 4
Complete passes 153 76
Incomplete passes 67 38
Shots off target 2 23
Shots on target 2 29
Tackles lost 6 11
Tackles won 34 2
 

Albert Riera

Player Profile - Bacary Sagna

Albert Riera v Bacary Sagna
After missing the last two games with a virus Bacary Sagna is back in the Arsenal squad for the Anfield trip. The Frenchman looks set to face Albert Riera who has been a revelation on the left of Liverpool’s midfield this season. The Spaniard has completed 23 dribbles, scoring three goals and assisting three times in 25 appearances. But Sagna has the upper-hand in the passing stakes and has completed 26 tackles this season.

RIERA V SAGNA
  Albert Riera Bacary Sagna
Appearances 25 30
Minutes 1737 2520
Assists 3 0
Unsuccessful crosses 45 37
Successful crosses 3 4
Unsuccessful dribbles 17 4
Successful dribbles 23 10
Goals scored 3 0
Complete passes 101 137
Incomplete passes 63 69
Shots off target 21 6
Shots on target 16 6
Tackles lost 13 12
Tackles won 14 26
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