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