Kane vs Giroud: Who was north London’s best striker on Saturday?

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How do Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud compare?

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Oliver Giroud were both among the goals on Saturday as their respective teams claimed vital Premier League victories.

Spurs hosted bottom club Leicester City and came out on the right side of an enthralling seven-goal thriller, winning 4-3 with Kane notching his first Premier League hat-trick.

The Gunners, likewise, claimed an important three points towards their top-four bid with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Newcastle United - France international striker Giroud with two first-half strikes.

The duo earned widespread praise from observers and pundits alike, but which player performed better and claims the title of north London’s best striker on Saturday?

  GoalsShotsKey PassesAerial Duels WonTouchesAccurate PassesDispossessedBall RecoveriesMins Played
Harry Kane 3 4 0 3 62 25 7 4 90
Olivier Giroud 2 3 1 4 57 31 5 7 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, it’s a close one to call as both strikers come out on top in a number of different attacking categories.

21-year-old Kane celebrated his first England international call-up by notching three times, demonstrating how clinical he is in front of goal, with his second strike a goal made out of relatively little danger.

Three of his four efforts on the day found the back of the net, but he also contributed in a number of attacking moves as he racked up 62 touches in total – five more than Giroud.

The Gunners’ main striker, however, was brilliant in a number of aspects on Saturday as he recorded more aerial winners, accurate passes and ball recoveries than Kane.

Furthermore, his two goals took his season tally to 13 in just 14 Premier League starts, an unparalleled goals-per-game ratio not just in England but across most of Europe.

Jamie Carragher took to Twitter in order to have his say, claiming he wouldn’t argue with those preferring Kane as their ideal striker over Giroud but highlighting how the Frenchman is underrated by many.

The duo are undoubtedly at the top of their game right now, but one can only feel that Giroud offers more in the general build-up and his presence in the XI makes Wenger’s side just that much better.

Still, Kane at just 21 years of age has a massive future ahead of him and on his current trajectory it’s difficult to predict just how good he can be.

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