Who has the better stats this season as Southampton welcome Arsenal?

The Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate is quite tiresome so you might enjoy a new and rather unexpected one that graced our airwaves last weekend.

Danny Ings or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? The two strikers are in great form this season for Southampton and Arsenal respectively.

Casc would rather have Ings in his team. What do you think?

Casc would rather have Ings in his team. What do you think?

talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino claims he’d rather have Ings in his side, citing the England international’s unquestionable commitment to the club he’s playing for among other things.

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Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the talkSPORT host said: “When you look at Aubameyang’s numbers, they’re extraordinary.

“But when you compare him to a player like Roberto Firmino for Liverpool, has hasn’t got the goals say the likes of Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres did, but he does far more for the team.

“Danny Ings is like that, too, for me. He’s done this all season.

“Let’s not forget, Ings’ career has been wrecked by injury and he’s come back and looks so good, he just leads the line brilliantly.

“He’s a consistent threat, even when the team isn’t playing well he’s still trying his socks off.

Ings has been a hero for Southampton this season

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Ings has been a hero for Southampton this season

“He also wants to be at the football club, he wants to be at Southampton, he wanted to leave Liverpool and go there to play football.

“Having a player like Aubameyang is great, but he doesn’t want to be at Arsenal, he’s not committing himself to the club.

“And I thought his performance midweek against Manchester City… he didn’t like that he played out on the left and he looked totally disinterested.

“I don’t question him as a striker getting goals, he’s always score you 20-plus a season.

Aubameyang says his future is still ‘undecided’

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Aubameyang says his future is still ‘undecided’

“This year he’s got one more Premier League goal than Danny Ings, but Ings has given a lot more to Southampton, as we saw last night [against Norwich]. His commitment to the team, he has a desire that drives the other players around him and makes them a better side.

“That’s one of the problems I see for Arteta, with players likes Aubemeyang and Ozil.

“So, if I had a choice, I’d take Ings over Aubameyang.”

Ings’ industry against Norwich impressed Cascarino

Ings’ industry against Norwich impressed Cascarino

On Thursday, the debate will be put to the test as Saints entertain a Gunners side but in the meantime talkSPORT.com has taken a look at both Ings and Aubameyang’s WhoScored Premier League stats this season.

Strikers are ultimately judged on goals so where better to start than that? Aubameyang is just ahead of Ings in the Premier League’s goal charts with 17 this term, while Ings has 16. However, Aubameyang has played four more matches.

Ings has one goal since the restart while Aubameyang hasn’t got off the mark yet

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Ings has one goal since the restart while Aubameyang hasn’t got off the mark yet

Saints ace Ings has one more assist that Aubameyang and boasts a better disciplinary record, with the Gabon international being sent off in a draw at Crystal Palace in January.

Aubameyang has a comfortably better pass success rate but Ings has been man of the match more times.

Danny Ings vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang PL stats 2019/20

Danny Ings

Appearances: 24

Goals: 16

Assists: 2

Yellow cards: 3

Red cards: 0

Shots per game: 2.4

Pass success: 57.9 per cent

Man of the match: 3

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Appearances: 28

Goals: 17

Assists: 1

Yellow cards: 3

Red cards: 1

Shots per game: 2.6

Pass success: 72.5 per cent

Man of the match: 1

Very little separates the two for their general stats, bar their pass success rate, so let’s look at their more detailed attacking stats.

Ings has more successful dribbles per game but also has more unsuccessful dribbles than Aubameyang.

In terms of key passes and how often they’re fouled per game, they’re exactly the game.

The Saints man is better at staying onside but is dispossessed more than Aubameyang, while also having a worse touch on the ball.

Ings got on the scoresheet when the two sides drew 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season

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Ings got on the scoresheet when the two sides drew 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season

Ings vs Aubameyang detailed attacking PL stats 2019/20

Ings

Successful dribbles per game: 1.1

Unsuccessful dribbles per game: 1.1

Key passes per game: 0.8

Fouled per game: 0.5

Offsides per game: 0.3

Dispossessed per game: 1

Bad control per game: 1.8

Aubameyang

Successful dribbles per game: 0.5

Unsuccessful dribbles per game: 0.7

Key passes per game: 0.8

Fouled per game: 0.5

Offsides per game: 0.6

Dispossessed per game: 0.8

Bad control per game: 1.6

Well, that doesn’t really settle the debate! Gentlemen, it’s over to the pair of you to prove who’s the better player.

If we can’t get a clear answer with statistics, we’ll have to wait until they’re on the pitch at the same time.

Aubameyang needs to have his shooting boots on against Southampton or Arsenal’s season could get worse

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Aubameyang needs to have his shooting boots on against Southampton or Arsenal’s season could get worse

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