Two of this season's most prolific Premiership strikers come head to head when Arsenal host Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Thierry Henry, a consistently high finisher in the goalscoring charts since his arrival in England from Juventus in 1999, leads the way alongside Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy as leading marksman in the top flight this term.

The 28-year-old has bagged an incredible 19 goals from just 23 appearances for the Gunners, notching three assists for good measure.

Charlton's Darren Bent meanwhile, has been a revelation in his debut Premiership campaign. The England international has scored 15 times from 28 starts and has one assist to his name.

Bent, who made his England debut in the win over Uruguay recently, still has aspirations of securing a place in the squad for this summer's World Cup Finals. If he achieves that feat, it will cap a wonderful four years for the young striker who bagged 55 goals in a 141-game career at Ipswich Town, before his move to The Valley last summer.

The 21-year-old scored eight times in 12 games for the England Under-19s and managed an equally impressive nine in 14 games for the Under-21s prior to his rise to Premiership prominence.

But how do the pair compare according to this season's stats?

Henry is the better dribbler of the duo with a success rate of 46 per cent compared to the Charlton man's 23 per cent.

And the French striker also edges the passing stakes, completing 65 of his 120 attempted passes this season, giving him a success rate of 54 per cent.

Bent has been only marginally inferior in this department, completing 61 of 115 passes to achieve a success rate of 53 per cent.

Henry also comes out on top when it comes to defending from the front, winning an impressive 69 per cent of his tackles compared to Bent's 54 per cent tackling success rate.


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Head to Head Statistics Thierry Henry Darren Bent Premiership Appearances 23 28 Minutes on pitch 2064 2487 Attacking Goals 19 15 Shots on target 52 32 Shots off target 35 25 Shots blocked 12 5 Offside 33 52 Supporting Assists 3 1 Passes made 120 115 Passes complete 65 61 Passes incomplete 55 54 Crosses successful 4 3 Crosses unsuccessful 25 12 Total dribbles 57 30 Dribbles successful 26 7 Dribbles unsuccessful 31 23 Defending Tackles made 28 28 Tackles won 19 15 Tackles lost 9 13 Interceptions 13 16 Blocked Shots 0 1 Clearances 8 16 Penalties Conceded 0 0 Own Goals 0 0 Discipline Fouls 27 38 Yellow Cards 2 1 Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Mar 2006