Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud both found the net at the weekend as the North London duo strived for victories in their push for a top four spot.
The Gunners travelled to South London to take on Crystal Palace, and goals from Santi Cazorla and Giroud secured a vital victory for Arsene Wenger’s men.
Spurs, on the other hand, hosted East Londoners West Ham United on Sunday but were held to a 2-2 draw – Kane scoring a last-minute equaliser after seeing his initial penalty saved.
The two strikers were heavily involved during their respective teams' encounters but which striker comes out on top in HITC’s head-to-head column.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the weekend ultimately belongs to Giroud as he betters the Spurs ace in four key categories.
England sensation Kane posed more of an attacking threat in the final third, rounding off six shots in total and creating two chances for his teammates via key passes.
However, the Gunners’ French international contributed more to his team’s victory as he recorded more touches, accurate passes and ball recoveries – five to Kane’s three.
Moreover, the former Montpellier striker dug in and offered plenty of physicality against a strong Palace, winning a whopping nine aerial duels whereas the Lilywhites ace recorded just one.
Both men, nevertheless, performed well and kept up their excellent goal scoring form of late – something which the North London duo will hope continues until the end of the campaign.
Overall, with Manchester United and Spurs failing to win, the Gunners will certainly be the happier as they took huge strides in their bid for a top four spot and subsequent Champions League qualification.