Welbeck v Berahino: How the Arsenal and West Brom forwards compared

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We take a closer look at Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion's young English forwards.

Welbeck V Berahino

They could be a future England pairing, but on Saturday West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck competed against each other for three vital Premier League points.

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.

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