Giroud vs Fletcher: Which striker betters the other in four key areas?

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Sunderland travel to Arsenal this weekend looking for their third straight win.

Sunderland take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend in a fascinating Premier League clash which will pit old foes Sam Allardyce and Arsene Wenger against each other.

The Black Cats head into the encounter looking for their third straight league win, a remarkable turnaround in form considering how they started the season.

The most impressive factor since Sam Allardyce’s arrival is the improvement in defence, with Sunderland keeping three clean sheets in their last five league encounters.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are winless in three and have to contend with 10 first-team members missing through injury, a situation which could seriously derail their title challenge.

The game is finely poised, and two players who could ultimately make all the difference are strikers Steven Fletcher and France international Olivier Giroud.

  GoalsShots per GameKey Passes per GameAerial Duels Won per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Olivier Giroud 7 2.79 0.57 1.93 26.57 10.79 1 14
Steven Fletcher 4 1.46 0.46 4.38 28.08 11 1.38 13

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the duo have been in impressive form this season and there isn’t much between them when taking into consideration a number of key attacking attributes.

Giroud currently betters his upcoming opponent in terms of goals scored, having netted seven this term.

Moreover, the former Montpellier ace averages more shots, key passes and touches per league encounter than his upcoming opponent, illustrating how he is a real danger in the final third.

Yet, Fletcher does have his uses and he contributes greatly to Sunderland’s style of play under Allardyce, averaging more aerial duels won, accurate passes and ball recoveries per match.

Both players will be confident of finding the net on Saturday, though the ensuing result may well come down to how well they manage to bring their teammates into play in what will be a competitive affair.

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