The Gunners ultimately came out on top, with Welbeck scoring the only goal of the game on the hour-mark, his header beating the Baggies’ Ben Foster and ensuring Arsenal’s domestic form did not continue its worrying downward trend.
Berahino had a chance of his own late on, but the West Brom star saw his header cannon off the woodwork and in truth Arsenal deserved their victory against a side that managed just one shot on target in the 90 minutes.
So how did the two players compare?
Put simply, Welbeck was a class apart, not only proving the match-winner but having a 100 per cent on-target shooting accuracy – compared to Berahino who failed to hit the target with either of his efforts.
Arsenal’s £16million summer signing also played an impressive four key passes during the encounter, setting up goal-scoring chances for his teammates while the West Brom man could not manage one.
Welbeck’s passing accuracy was also significantly better – 88 per cent compared with 67 per cent – and he touched the ball far more than a player three years his junior.
That said, both players lost possession on 10 occasions and Berahino proved late on that he is always a threat, even if this time he could only strike the woodwork.