Walcott vs Ighalo: Who comes out on top in four key areas?

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Arsenal travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on Saturday.

Arsenal take on newly-promoted Watford on Saturday in a clash which will see in-form forwards Odion Ighalo and Theo Walcott go head-to-head.

Walcott has every reason to be satisfied at present, earning the regular striker spot at Arsenal while featuring and scoring up front for England during the latest international break.

The former Southampton man has struggled to nail down his favoured striker role since joining the Gunners, yet his impressive form of late has given boss Arsene Wenger little choice but to start him.

On Saturday, Walcott and his teammates make the short trip to Vicarage Road, where they’ll take on a solid Watford side boasting a player very much at the top of his game.

  Goals per GameAssists per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAppearances
Odion Ighalo 0.63 0 33.63 15.13 2.88 0.75 1.13 8
Theo Walcott 0.29 0.29 20.71 8 3.57 0.86 0.57 7

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Ighalo’s importance for the Hornets can be illustrated by the fact that he has actually got the better of Walcott this season in four of the seven key attacking areas.

The Nigeria international was instrumental in helping Watford to earn promotion from the Championship last season, and he’s so far adapting to life in the Premier League with relative ease.

Ighalo has already notched five league goals this season, while he also averages more touches, accurate passes and take-ons per Premier League match than his upcoming opponent, Walcott.

Walcott, however, is proving to be an influential team player and probably doesn’t get the praise that side of his game deserves. The Gunners ace averages 0.29 assists and 0.86 key passes per match.

The two forwards will undoubtedly play major roles in the fixture on Saturday.

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