HEAD-TO-HEAD: Welbeck v Adebayor - Who played better in the derby?

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 on Saturday, but which striker put in the more impressive shift in the North London derby?

Welbeck V Adebayor

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur played out a fiercely-contested North London derby on Saturday, with goals from Nacer Chadli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ensuring the match finished level.

Despite the 1-1 score-line Arsenal had the vast majority of possession – 69 per cent compared to Tottenham’s 31 per cent – while the Gunners also had 16 shots compared with Spurs’ six.

That said, the fact that Arsenal only had two more shots on target than their visitors demonstrates how well Mauricio Pochettino’s defence played.

But what about two of the men tasked with scoring the goals – Danny Welbeck and Emmanuel Adebayor?

Neither player got on the score-sheet but they still impacted the match, so who performed better overall?

Welbeck played one key pass while Adebayor failed to make any; the England international also had twice as many scoring attempts as the Togo forward (four to two) although the latter had a 100 per cent record when it came to getting those attempts on target, compared to just 25 per cent for Welbeck.

It is the £16million man’s wastefulness that has been questioned since his summer move from Manchester United. He gets chances, but too often he is not clinical enough, and in this Arsenal team that is simply not good enough.

Both players had exactly the same passing accuracy of 75 per cent although Welbeck played more forward passes than his Tottenham counterpart.

In short, what the statistics reveal is that despite not scoring, Adebayor’s accuracy when attempting to was spot on, whereas Welbeck’s was erratic.

That said, the Arsenal man kept trying and on another day one of those efforts could have flown in and decided the encounter.

In time Welbeck will learn to be more effective in front of goal; after all he has been played here, there and everywhere for United and now he has to get used to being an out-and-out target man; something Adebayor is already adept at.

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