Monday, 18 January 2016

Wayne Rooney At Man United vs Thierry Henry At Arsenal: Whose Premier League Record Is Better?

Manchester United Striker Wayne Rooney has just broken Henry's record for the most Premier League goals at a single club. But how do their records ACTUALLY compare?

Amid all the hoopla of a Man United win at Anfield, Wayne Rooney's latest entry into the record books was almost forgotten.
The best Arsenal and Man United strikers of the Premier League era
The best Arsenal and Man United strikers of the Premier League era
Rooney's winner against Liverpool was his 176th Premier League goal for Man United, and saw the United skipper break the record for the most Premier League goals at a single club.

Granted, it's not a particularly iconic landmark - Rooney admitted post-match that he didn't even know about it. However, it becomes a lot more significant when you consider who held the record before him.

Unsurprisingly, plenty of United fans were quick to jump on this fact and do a spot of Gooner-goading. But what happens when you look a bit more closely at the two strikers' stats at their respective clubs?

We know Rooney has now scored more for United than Henry scored for Arsenal:

Total goals

Wayne Rooney at Man United


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 17 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
176

Thierry Henry at Arsenal



LONDON - APRIL 16: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring Arsenal's second goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Manchester United held on April 16, 2003 at Highbury in London, England. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)

175
Premier League only
However, Rooney has played exactly 100 more Premier League games than Mr Va Va Voom:

Total games

Wayne Rooney at Man United


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 17 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

358

Thierry Henry at Arsenal


LONDON - APRIL 16: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring Arsenal's second goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Manchester United held on April 16, 2003 at Highbury in London, England. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)

258
Premier League only
Which means that, when you look at how often they scored - goals per game - Henry is still miles in front:

Goals per game

Wayne Rooney at Man United


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 17 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

0.49

Thierry Henry at Arsenal


LONDON - APRIL 16: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring Arsenal's second goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Manchester United held on April 16, 2003 at Highbury in London, England. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)

0.68
Premier League only
To be fair to Wazza, he's actually provided more Premier League assists for United than Henry did for Arsenal:

Total assists

Wayne Rooney at Man United

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 17 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

84

Thierry Henry at Arsenal

LONDON - APRIL 16: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring Arsenal's second goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Manchester United held on April 16, 2003 at Highbury in London, England. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)

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Premier League only
But when you again factor in the number of games they both played, it turns out Henry leads the way in both scoring AND providing:

Assists per game

Wayne Rooney at Man United

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 17 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

0.23

Thierry Henry at Arsenal

LONDON - APRIL 16: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring Arsenal's second goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Manchester United held on April 16, 2003 at Highbury in London, England. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)

0.29
Premier League only
Still, we're sure Henry is more than happy to let United fans tell the world that Rooney is now better than he was.
Isn't that right, Thierry?

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