Robin van Persie vs Danny Welbeck stats: Do Arsenal have the better striker?

Arsenal and Manchester United stars face off this weekend, against each other and their former clubs.


Danny Welbeck takes on his former side Manchester United this weekend, and will want to prove a point.

Shunted out of the door by Louis van Gaal on deadline day, he has been impressive for Arsenal since joining, but did you know he still has less goals in the Premier League than under-fire Robin van Persie?

Manchester United's flying Dutchman, a former Arsenal captain, has been criticised this season for failing to meet his usual high levels. His three goals in 10 games are indicative of that, although it is still one more than Welbeck has managed in the Premier League.

The pair match up evenly in their passing accuracy, although Van Persie manages to land an extra 15 per cent of his shots on target than his former teammate, who has two assists while he has none.

When Welbeck's four extra Champions League games are taken into account, his figures look a little better:

  GoalsAssistsKey PassesAerial DuelsOn Target Shooting AccuracyPassing Accuracy
Danny Welbeck 5 2 18 50.88 38% 85%
Robin van Persie 3 0 12 29.41 50% 85%

While the Premier League may be a more like-for-like comparison, in Welbeck's case his goal tally does not tell the entire story of what he has brought to the Gunners since signing - overall he has bagged five goals, with his hat-trick against Galatasaray taking him clear of the Dutchman.

Van Persie's lack of assists is notable, for while at Arsenal, this was a key part of his game.

Both players have netted on international duty this week and will go into the weekend's game with a bit of confidence behind them. Van Persie has a good record of scoring against his former club, doing so in three of four meetings to date.

The big question, is will he be as motivated this time around as Welbeck is to prove a point himself?

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