Arsenal's Mikel Arteta vs Manchester United's Michael Carrick: Battle of the Statistics

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The two Premier League midfielders go head-to-head in a huge club clash between Arsenal and Manchester United tomorrow, but who comes out on top in our battle of the stats?


Arteta: 29
Carrick: 30

Arteta was born in  San Sebastián on March 26 1982,  Carrick was born in Wallsend on July 28 1981.

Score: Arteta 0 - 1 Carrick

Career Appearances

Arteta: 407
Carrick: 495

Score: Arteta 0 - 2 Carrick

Carrick made his debut aged 17 on July 24 1999, while Arteta had to wait until 2000 to make his top-flight debut after being sent out on loan to Paris.

Career Goals

Arteta: 59
Carrick: 29

Arteta's best goal was probably for his previous club, a 25-yard screamer in Europe in 2008. Carrick has several long range goals to his name, but his recent dribble and cool finish for his club highlighted his versatility.

Score: Arteta 1 - 2 Carrick

International appearances

Arteta: 0
Carrick: 22

Despite representing Spain at several youth levels, Arteta has never been called up to the senior team. Carrick has travelled to the last two World Cup's with England.

Score: Arteta 1 - 3 Carrick

International goals

Arteta: 0
Carrick: 0

Score: Arteta 1 - 3 Carrick

Shirt number

Artera: 8
Carrick: 16

Score: Arteta 1 - 4 Carrick

Hollywood lookalike

Arteta: Al Pacino in the Godfather
Carrick: Michael Caine in Get Carter

Score: Arteta 2 - 4 Carrick

Career transfer fees

Arteta: £18m
Carrick: £22.1m

Score: Arteta 2 - 5 Carrick

Clubs played for

Arteta: 6
Carrick: 5

Score: Arteta 3 - 5 Carrick

Club trophies

Arteta: 4
Carrick: 11

Final Score: Arteta 3 - 6 Carrick

Carrick has four league titles and one European Cup amongst his medal collection, while Arteta has won one league title and three cups.

So there you have it, Michael Carrick wins in our stats face-off! But who will win in Sunday's vital Premier League battle?