Arsenal head north to Merseyside on Wednesday night to face David Moyes' in-form Everton. 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 Wednesday you will be impressing anyone who will listen with your new-found knowledge.
Tim Cahill v William Gallas
In the absence of any fit senior strikers at Everton, Tim Cahill looks set to continue his stint as makeshift centre forward against Arsenal on Wednesday. The Australian has looked typically bustling in his adopted role but, despite scoring in Everton’s last three Premier League away trips, he has yet to notch at Goodison Park this term. That stat may please William Gallas who could return to the Arsenal backline after sitting out Sunday’s draw at Cardiff. The Frenchman has the superior passing record of the two as well as a 75 per cent dribbling success rate.
|Tim Cahill||William Gallas|
|Shots on target||12||5|
|Shots off target||12||5|
Joleon Lescott v Robin van Persie
In his 22 appearances this term Joleon Lescott has continued the superb form that saw him picked in Fabio Capello’s England squad in 2008. The 26-year-old has won 13 of his 17 tackles and completed 41 clearances. The eight successful dribbles and 110 completed passes underline his status as a genuine ‘ball-playing’ centre half. He has an eye for goal too with three to his name in the League this season. Lescott is charged with the unenviable task of shackling the Gunners’ joint-top goalscorer Robin van Persie on Wednesday night. The Dutchman has started 2009 in sizzling form, scoring or assisting every Arsenal goal since the turn of the year.
|Joleon Lescott||Robin van Persie|
|Shots on target||6||29|
|Shots off target||8||36|
Tony Hibbert v Samir Nasri
After missing an early chunk of the season, Tony Hibbert has now completed 90 minutes in five successive Toffees fixtures. His return has coincided with a run of form that has seen Everton concede only one Premier League goal in their last six fixtures. On Wednesday he could come up against a man who has already breached the Toffees’ backline once this season. Samir Nasri fired Arsenal’s 48th-minute equaliser when the sides met in October, one of five goals this season. The Frenchman has racked up a 77 per cent dribbling success rate as well as hitting the target on 80 per cent of occasions.
|Tony Hibbert||Samir Nasri|
|Shots off target||0||5|
|Shots on target||0||21|