A Striker Shopping List for Arsenal
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A Striker Shopping List for Arsenal

Stats scouting with my forward rating tool.
A Striker Shopping List for Arsenal

When you look at the Arsenal team there is an obvious area for improvement.

Looking at the team graphics, the current area that would probably do the most for the team in the chase for being solidly top four and then hopefully challenging for even bigger honors is a striker. Alexandre Lacazette has been good in the role that he has played but ideally, Arsenal would be able to find a player that could do similar things in the buildup but also more traditional striker things like scoring goals.

To go about trying to use stats to help narrow down players that could fit with Arsenal I have taken my rating system and used that to help create a shortlist of players that the stats think would be interesting to look at further.

The criteria I am going to use here are the following 1) 26 years old or younger, 2) have played at least 900 minutes in a "Big 5 League" + Eredivise and Liga NOS, and 3) have played 85% or more of their minutes as an attacker with at least 15% as a forward. Some of these parameters are designed to get certain players included that Arsenal have been linked with but I think still give a good overall population to look at.

I have narrowed the list down to 45 total names plus a few more with rumors around Arsenal. I am not going to go through each and every one of them because some players are obviously not going to be targeted by Arsenal for various reasons but will put them into four different tiers and look at the more interesting ones from within each group.

Tier 4 - Pretty good players, maybe second type guys for Arsenal

Name Age Team Overall Rating Shooting Receiving/Link Creating Passing Carry/Dribble Ball Winning Minutes
Ollie Watkins 26 Aston Villa 69.4 54.4 92.9 37.2 67.7 70.2 53.7 2185
Pote 23.5 Sporting 68.9 53.5 74.4 71.3 79.2 23.9 83.6 1584
Patson Daka 23.2 Leicester City 67.8 89.6 33 53.9 63.8 1.7 57.8 803
Moussa Dembele 25.5 Lyon 67.6 69.6 97.9 45.2 2.5 30.7 61.9 1468
Evanilson 22.2 FC Porto 67.6 80.2 91.4 42.8 28.5 17.5 75.5 1620
Mohamed Bayo 23.6 Clermont Foot 66.3 77.1 91.2 44.2 36.9 35.2 8 1776
Che Adams 25.5 Southampton 65.1 68.9 72.9 70.9 44.5 29.7 51.2 1679
Neal Maupay 25.4 Brighton & Hove Albion 64.9 38 88 60.6 75.4 30 85.6 2068
Marcus Edwards 23.1 Vitoria de Guimaraes, Sporting 64.7 7.9 77.6 93.8 85.9 91.1 29.6 1438
Ritsu Doan 23.5 PSV Eindhoven 63 20.2 87.8 19.5 94.6 60.5 95.3 1146
Ivan Toney 25.8 Brentford 62.3 25.7 92.4 79.6 60.9 35.1 55.6 2193
Donyell Malen 23 Borussia Dortmund 62.3 23.1 60.7 62.8 78.1 92.8 89.4 1708
Antonio Sanabria 25.8 Torino 60.6 55.7 96.6 32.2 26.4 37.4 34.1 1682
Luis Suárez 24.1 Granada 60.2 41.8 78.8 60.5 53.4 84.6 55.6 2338

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