Sorry to revisit the same subject on IND2OU but the obsession fans seem to have with something that is not truly a reality is grating somewhat again. I have twice previously written about the illusive 30 goal season striker that most fans seem to want and actually believe is out there for us this summer. So guys what is a 30 goal a season striker? Are you talking in the Premier League or in terms of league goals? If you are then they don’t readily exist. If we look at the last 10 years it has happened in three years and we are talking 2 special players – Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and RVP. So it is hardly a regular occurrence then. Yes but are we shopping in the Premier League this summer you say. Well perhaps so we need to entice a 30 league goals a season striker from one of Europe’s top leagues then. Cool let’s have a look at our options and being fair take into account anyone with 27 league strikers in 2012/13. I am sure we are fishing in a huge pool? Well actually no there is a choice of 6 strikers on the short list and here they are:-
Lionel Messi – 46
Cristiano Ronaldo – 33
Wifried Bony – 31
Radamel Falcao – 27
Edison Cavani – 27
Zlatan Ibrahomvic – 27
Now with the best will in the world I am sure none of us can see us going for any of the above, with the exception of Bony, but is 30 plus in the Eredivisie the same as 30 in the EPL?
So perhaps I am being harsh perhaps when everyone refers to a 30 goals a season striker they mean in all competitions because that would be impressive. I mean any top striker must be able to do that surely because Adebayor did it in 2008, as I am constantly reminded!! Maybe you are all right and I am wrong but I am not so sure. Is there a target out there in Arsenal’s style and price range that is a 30 goal a season man? Well let’s check it out – Same benchmarks marks apply with 2 games to go – Who has hit 27 or more in all competitions in 2012/13?
Big list? NO
Lionel Messi – 70
Cristiano Ronaldo – 56
Edison Cavani – 36
Wilfried Bony – 35
Radamel Falcao – 33
Robert Lewandowski – 32
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 32
Luis Suarez – 30
Robin van Persie – 28
Hardly a huge list again so can we please stop thinking in terms of 25 to 30 goals a season from a central striker. They don’t really exist in numbers and if they do they are costing more than Wenger will pay or certainly demanding higher wages. For Arsenal it should be about a collective contribution and that suits our style of play and the players we have. When Wenger’s sides were at their fluent best there were always multiple contributors – Bergkamp, Henry, Ljungberg, Wiltord and Pires. Arsenal this season, if Podolski notches just one goal in the last 2 games will have 4 players in double figures in the league for the first time since 2002. This is not a situation to be dismissed lightly or to be ignored. If the main contributor in our formation was a 20 goal striker instead of a 12/13 that would be the difference between top 4 and top 2.
So the burning question that remains that is we retain the 4231 is Olivier Giroud the player to step up and add 7/8 extra goal? I am happy to give him another season leading the line but if we really do this close season have money burning a hole in ‘Le Boss’s poche’ then we can do better? We won’t I suspect compete for Lewandoski, Ibrahimovic (too old) or Rooney (Ha-ha) but I suspect we will spend heavily on a forward. However in Arsenal terms that will mean a bigger transfer fee but not necessarily bigger wages. This is one assumes the reason for the links with Jovetic. Class player, big ticket price but £80k a week would double his current salary. Is Jovetic likely to bring more goals to Arsenal or more creativity? More questions than answers perhaps?
However there is a passing thought that occurs as there is one name I have left of the list above who may well finish the season with 30 goals. He is currently on 28 for the season with 2 matches remaining and his side are second in their league 2 points behind the leaders Benfica who they play this weekend. The striker in question is Jackson Martinez a Columbian who in his first season in Europe since arriving at Porto from Mexico last summer has hit 25 league goal and 3 in the Champions League. Martinez, known as ‘ Cha, Cha, Cha’ for his dancing feet and celebrations has 8 in 18 for his country as is strongly rumoured to be Klop’s target to replace Lewandowski at Dortmund. Now I don’t claim to be an expert on the Portuguese league but I have for many years at the Emirates seen how Porto like to play the game the right way ,and we all know if he would fit at Dortmund he would fit at Arsenal. He has scored 28 goals in 27 matches for Porto and can finishes naturally with both feet and is fast and great in the air too. He is 26 and heading into his peak year 27-29 as a striker. Enjoy the best of him here and admire the improvisation and the technique[youtube.com/watch?v=EHBJEcnn-1s&feature=player_embedded 100% 250]
So what’s the catch? Well the price tag is £30/35 million for Porto to be unable to resist losing their prize asset. They turned down a similar bid from Anzhi in the January window. However if as some say we have offered similar for Hazard or Gotze why would we not do so again? Particularly if the wages should not be an issue as with Jovetic even close trebling his current likely deal will not break our structure. Food for thought perhaps and for me this signing would show more intent than signing Jovetic, although part of me still yearns for Lukaku to be honest.
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