Merson says he would take Harry Kane over both Arsenal strikers Giroud and Walcott

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Paul Merson says he would take Harry Kane over both Arsenal strikers Giroud and Walcott

Paul Merson has told SkySports he believes Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane is superior to both Arsenal's strikers.

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are both battling to be first choice at Arsenal, while Kane is going through a barren spell for his club.

Giroud believes the Spurs striker would not have such difficulties at Arsenal, due to the chances the team create, and would swap him for either of the Gunners' front men.

He said: "I don't think Kane is one-season wonder at all, he's another top player and if you offered me him for Giroud or Walcott I'd take him for sure.

"If you're a centre-forward you're only as good as those around you and that Tottenham midfield is not that good. At Arsenal he'd get 20-plus goals again this season for sure."

There has not been much to choose between the two sides from a creative perspective this season, with Merson harsh with his comments on Spurs.

Arsenal have created the second highest number of chances in the Premier League, while Spurs rank in the top five.

  Chances Created
Man City 99
Arsenal 94
Southampton 82
Chelsea 80
Tottenham 80

Over the past two seasons Kane has the best goals per game ratio of his Arsenal rivals, although Giroud has the best chance conversion ratio, by a small margin of two per cent.

  TeamGoals per gameScoring V Shooting AccuracyAppearances
Harry Kane Tottenham 0.53 16% 40
Olivier Giroud Arsenal 0.48 18% 33
Theo Walcott Arsenal 0.32 15% 19

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