Sunday’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge had an interesting subplot: Diego Costa v Danny Welbeck.
While Chelsea striker Costa headed into the London derby as arguably the best player in the English top flight so far this season, Arsenal centre-forward Welbeck was fresh from his Champions League heroics against Galatasaray.
The England international had scored a sensational hat-trick against the Turkish giants at the Emirates Stadium in North London, and there were suggestions that the 23-year-old could do a similar damage to the Chelsea defence.
However, as it panned out, it was Costa who did the damage to Arsenal, scoring the Blues’ second goal in the 78th minute to wrap up a 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s side.
As the stats above show, Costa was very clinical. The Spain international had just one shot – it was on target and it went in. On the other hand, Welbeck could get no chance to shoot at all.
The stats reveal that Welbeck was more involved in the game – he had more touches, more passes and more final third entries – but it was Costa who did the job of a striker better: score.