By Walter Broeckx
As usual when Arsenal don’t win the moaners come out. And start the blame game. ”Wenger should have bought….” and “tell me there was no other better striker available to replace Giroud” and the line “every player has their price”.
All simple statements of course. For people who live in the simple world of playstation or whatever the latest computer game is played upon for the moment. I don’t know them as I don’t spend my money on those things.
But let us for the sake of the argument consider these arguments for a moment. And let us check if they could have made a difference. So let us have a look at the strikers that moved to the PL last summer and see how they did. I will include strikers that moved from one club to another in the PL itself in this. And I used the figures used on transfermarkt about the transfer money who display their prices in Euro.
Olivier Giroud (you know the shit striker) played in 26 matches scored 12 goals and had 4 assists in the PL alone. Total of 16.
Manchester City bought Sterling for £62.5m. Sterling played in 24 matches and scored 5 goals and had 2 assists in the PL. Total of 7.
Chelsea bought Pedro for £27m. Pedro played in 20 matches and scored 4 goals and had 3 assists.
Liverpool bought Benteke for £46.50m. Benteke played 22 matches in the PL and scored 6 goals and had 2 assists. Total of 8.
Liverpool also bought Firmino but he is not a Giroud type of striker but to be complete I included him. Firmino played 23 PL matches and scored 6 goals and had 7 assists. Total of 13.
Manchester United bought Martial for £50m. Martial played 21 matches so far and scored 7 goals and had 4 assists. A total of 11.
Payet was bought by West Ham for £15m and he played in 19 matches and scored 7 goals and had 5 assists. I know he is not a real striker but I tried to consider as many players as possible.
When we put this in a more readable table it looks like this
|Player||Fee||Matches||Goals||Assists||Total Goal involvement|
Now there might be others but as they don’t really attracted even the attention of the more serious media I will no longer continue this list.
The fact is that none of these strikers that were transferred in the PL have done better than Giroud this season.
Now you could say: what about Vardy and Kane. And yes Kane played in 26 matches this season and scored 16 goals and had 1 assist. So a total of 17 goals involved. See that is better than Giroud. But is there anyone out there who really believes for a split second that Tottenham would have sold him to Arsenal? And from which price would they start to consider? From £100m? And should we spend that much on him? Apart from the fact that they would rather sell him to any other team even for less, would we and should we really spend more on him than on the combined fee of Özil and Alexis?
Or Vardy? His stats are pretty good. 26 matches and scored 19 goals and had 5 assists. So a total goal involvement of 24 goals. The best number in the PL. Now let us be serious. Just imagine the outrage if Arsenal would have bought Vardy last summer. If we would have bought him last summer we would have bought a striker who in 34 matches last season scored 5 goals and had 10 assists. In total he was involved in 15 goals for Leicester last season. Not disastrous of course but still…
Now tell me honestly at which point did you told the world that we should dump Giroud and buy Vardy? If anyone can prove to me that he did this before the start of the current season I will buy him a drink next time I come to the Emirates. Because nobody even considered Vardy. At 29 he is having a wonder year. Fine for him but nobody even considered him before this season.
Or Mahrez even though he is officially a midfielder. Last season he played 30 PL matches and scored 4 goals and had 3 assists. Should Wenger have bought this ‘unknown Frenchman’? Cue the outrage of Wenger buying another unknown and unproven French player.
Are there better strikers than Giroud out there in the world? Yes there are. But for some reason they weren’t up for sale or were out of our financial possibilities. We talk about the players like Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez, Neymar. None of them was transferred last summer so not for sale. Not even for £200 I think. The money in our bank account but that is not the money available for transfers as any wise person would know. But that is just a small detail for a person who wants to moan.
Could Lewandowski be the real deal? He might be. But is Lewandowski interested in Arsenal? And are Bayern willing to sell him last summer? He stayed at Bayern so it seems he was even out of reach for the real rich teams let alone for Arsenal.
So in short to answer the simple question: “tell me there was no other better striker available to replace Giroud?”, the answer to me looks : NO.
But probably on their computer and playstation there you could even buy Messi so Wenger is to blame of course…
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- 24 February 1964: William Garbutt – the man who took football to Italy, died. He played for Woolwich Arsenal before managing Genoa, Roma, Napoli and Milan and is still celebrated as the founder of Italian football.
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