London-based duo Danny Welbeck and Willian were both in action on Saturday – but which player comes out on top as HITC’s London-based forward of the weekend?
According to the table provided by Opta Stats, both players were incredibly involved as an attacking force despite their team's contrasting results
Premier League leaders Chelsea traveled to Sunderland in a bid to extend their lead at the top of table but were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw.
The Blues peppered the Sunderland goal, with Brazil international Willian leading the charge as he impressed throughout, despite failing to help his side claim the three points.
The 26-year-old took three shots on goal, created a further three chances for his team-mates and completed five successful dribbles as he tried to penetrate the Black Cats’ defence.
Where Willian ultimately fell short, though, Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck succeeded - as his second-half header earned the Gunners a valuable 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.
The England international was a threat throughout for the Gunners, despite playing in that infamously unfavourable left-forward role to accommodate striker Oliver Giroud making his first start since returning from injury.
Aside from his goal, the 24-year-old took two further shots on goal, created four chances for his team-mates and completed one successful dribble.
In terms of possession, the Blues were dominant at the Stadium of Light as Willian posted an impressive 72 touches and 45 passes, being dispossessed twice.
While Welbeck wasn’t as involved with the ball at his feet, his work-rate off it was summed up by his defensive capabilities – superbly winning the ball back on eight occasions.
Last weekend, Eden Hazard pipped Alexis Sanchez to the honour of being named London’s best forward player of the weekend, following his terrific display in the west Londoners’ 2-0 win over West Brom.
This week, however, the praiseworthy honour heads to North London as Welbeck’s display deserves recognition for his contribution and unselfishness despite not playing in his favoured central role. And, even then, he got the winner for his side.