Three ideal forward signings for Arsenal

Christian Benteke Belgium

Arsenal have invested wisely this summer, but is there more to come from the North London outfit?

There's still a long way to go in the current transfer market, and in preparation for his club's upcoming title challenge, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will on the prowl for further attacking reinforcements.

This article will highlight three forwards who, based on the statistics, would make ideal signings for the Frenchman's side. 

Edinson Cavani

Ever since his big money move to Paris, Edinson Cavani has been unable to fully establish himself as the top class striker that Ligue 1 fans had been expecting. Overshadowed by the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the former Napoli striker has been forced to occupy the role of side-kick; a part that fails to maximise his full potential.

The Uruguayan was the main man in Naples, during which time he scored an incredible 78 goals in 104 appearances. Meanwhile, for the Parisean outfit he has hit the back of the net on 17 occasions, having featured in just 31 matches.

He impressed last season, converting 20.5% of his chances in the French top flight. Meanwhile, he finished 26.7% of his opportunities during PSG's participation in Europe. He scored four goals in the Champions League as his side progressed to the quarter-final stage. 

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistShot Conversion (%)AppsMins
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 16 8 14.29 36 3,081
Edinson Cavani PSG FW 16 2 20.50 30 2298
Yaya Sanogo Arsenal FW 0 0 0.00 8 71

Arsenal are in desperate need of a player capable of leading the line on a consistent basis. Wenger seems unconvinced by Giroud’s capabilities, while Yaya Sanogo has offered little in front of goal throughout his involvement in competitive fixtures. Therefore, Cavani would certainly be considered a suitable addition.

The PSG star is said to be unsettled at the Parc des Princes and has been strongly linked with a summer exit. He is known to be a player Wenger has targeted, and consequently, a switch to the Emirates is a realistic possibility.

Christian Benteke

After he ruptured his Achilles tendon back in April, Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke was forced to watch the final stages of the season, as well as the summer World Cup, from the side-lines. With a return date in sight (October), Wenger could be encouraged to make an approach for his services.

Benteke scored 34 goals in his first two seasons at Villa Park, making quite an impression following his move to the Premier League. A relatively unknown talent prior to his switch, he has since been coveted by some of the Europe’s best sides.

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistShot Conversion (%)AppsMins
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 10 2 14.93 26 2,128

The Belgian’s pure physical presence is enough to give even the most experience Premier League defenders nightmares. He scored ten goals in 26 appearances during the 2013/14 campaign; highly respectable considering the injury trouble he was unfortunate enough to endure. He also won an impressive 220 headed duels – a total only bettered by Stoke City’s Peter Crouch.

Benteke spoke of his love for the Gunners back in 2012, and in during the 2013 summer window he looked likely to complete a switch to the Emirates. However, a deal never materialised and instead he signed a new contract at Villa Park.

  MatchGoalsChances CreatedShot Conversion (%)Aerial WonPass Accuracy (%)Mins
Christian Benteke Arsenal vs Aston Villa 2 3 50.00 14 57.14 90

He went on to play an integral role in his side’s 2-1 opening-day victory against Arsenal, shocking Wenger’s men with a brace at the Emirates. He converted 50% of his attempts in this encounter, while setting up three chances for his team-mates.

Loic Remy

After his £8.5 million move to Liverpool fell through last month, Loic Remy remains a QPR player. However, the Frenchman is still being linked with a move away from Loftus Road before the end of the transfer window.

Rangers captain Joey Barton has assured the media that the club’s star asset will only leave if a Champions League team calling and, of course, Arsenal fit the bill.

Remy would offer something very different to Wenger’s current options, with his pace in particular proving an immediate threat – an asset the club have lacked in a centre-forward since the days of Thierry Henry.

2012/13 Premier League Season

  TeamPosGoalsChances CreatedShot Conversion (%)AppsMins
Loïc Remy Queens Park Rangers FW 6 16 15.79 14 1,187

2013/14 Premier League Season

  TeamPosGoalsChances CreatedShot Conversion (%)AppsMins
Loïc Remy Newcastle FW 14 30 21.5% 26 2,103

His record in England speaks for itself and for the right price he would prove an astute signing for the Gunners. He scored 14 goals in 26 appearances last term, converting 21.5% of his total opportunities, finishing closely behind the likes of Wayne Rooney (17) and Giroud (16).

Physically he is not the most intimidating player, however he does hold his own when it comes to contesting for the ball. He won 38% of his aerial duels last term, whilst finding success in 48% of his attempted take ons.

Despite offering very different attributes to Giroud, Remy’s style of play would undoubtedly compliment that of his compatriot. Should Wenger be willing to adjust his system, the duo could form an extremely effective partnership - we witnessed this briefly during their participation for France at international level.

Arsenal fans, would you like to see any of the aforementioned players at the Emirates this season?

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