Amid a disastrous run of form that has seen Arsenal’s dreams of an illustrious Champions League run and a Premier League title charge combust, scoring goals hasn’t really been the problem for the Gunners.
Nonetheless, goals change games whenever they are scored, so one wonders whether Arsenal’s season would be panning out differently right now if Arsene Wenger had a little more firepower at his disposal. Ironically, however, it may well have been laying under his nose all along.
With Alexis Sanchez excelling at the spearhead of attack and Danny Welbeck returning from injury, Olivier Giroud has found himself an increasingly marginalised figure in the second half of the season, making just one Premier League start – away at Liverpool – since mid-January.
But according to data courtesy of EA Sports, Giroud has been the most prolific striker in the Premier League this season, producing the strongest minutes-per-goal ratio of any forward to net seven times or more. His 97.1 return is only really rivalled by Tottenham’s Harry Kane on 99.7, whilst the next best – Everton’s Romelu Lukaku – is some distance away on 121.3.
And Giroud is also right in the mix when it comes to headed goals, his five being the joint-second best return throughout the Premier League. The Frenchman has produced one every 155.4 minutes – once again, the sharpest ratio in the division.
Is Arsene Wenger missing a trick by not starting Giroud more? Is he the perfect man to replace Alexis Sanchez if the Chile forward leaves this summer? Let us know by commenting below!
Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.