Walcott v Sanchez - Which Gunner will be more dangerous this season?

Theo Walcott

With Theo Walcott returning to Arsenal training this week, we take a look at how the two forwards compare across the Premier League and Champions League.

Walcott V Sanchez

The news that Theo Walcott is back in Arsenal training could not have come sooner for fans in north London.

The 25-year-old's absence has been sorely felt since he tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament earlier this year - and the pace he will bring to Arsene Wenger's side when he fully returns will give them an extra dimension.

It will also give Arsenal fans the opportunity to finally see Walcott and Alexis Sanchez in the same team. The £35 million summer signing from Barcelona has been superb for the Gunners so far this season and the Chilean linking up with Walcott could be a sight to behold for Arsenal fans.

But how do they compare - and who will be the most dangerous of the two?

As Opta stats show, the duo can be compared based on their Premier League and Champions League form over the past two seasons. Sanchez, also 25, has played eight games in both competitions this term while Walcott has been injured. The England man, meanwhile, played 13 last term before getting injured.

Interestingly, the first point of note brings up a draw - both forwards average 0.38 goals per game. Walcott, however, edges things when it comes to assists and chances created per game. Granted, Sanchez may need more time at the Emirates to get those stats up.

When it comes to crossing, it is a clear victory for Walcott, as Sanchez isn't much of a crosser, demonstrated by his 0.13 accurate crosses per game. 

In front of goal, though, is where the Chilean comes to the fore. He averages around six successful final-third passes more per game than Walcott, while his goals per shot ratio is five per cent higher. And Sanchez also reigns supreme when it comes to dribbles per game - convincingly.

There are great similarities between the two, however, with both being quick, agile forwards. Add Danny Welbeck into the mix and Arsenal easily have one of the fastest front threes in world football.

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