Proof that Arsenal probably should have signed a striker over the summer

Arsenal’s summer transfer business, as it is most years, has been widely mocked of late. The Gunners may have done well to secure Petr Cech’s arrival from Chelsea, but their tag as the only side in any of Europe’s five biggest leagues to not sign a single outfield player has attracted a fair amount of criticism.

The Londoners supposedly – well judging by the number of links with players – wanted a new centre-forward during the window just gone, and their failure to snap one up has left Arsene Wenger with only Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott to pick from – albeit Joel Campbell is available.

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Although the Frenchman is a good option and the Englishman has plenty of pace, their stats this season are not exactly encouraging, with – as compiled by Opta – the pair having missed a combined 11 clear-cut chances. That averages out at more than two opportunities-per-game being squandered by the duo, who are officially the most wasteful players in the Prem.

To make matters worse, Alexis Sanchez comes in at third in the Premier League in terms of not converting when he really should do, ahead of the likes of Ryan Mason, Harry Kane, Cameron Jerome, Andre Ayew and Sergio Aguero.