Arsenal are being strongly linked with a move for Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain for what would be a club record £22 million fee. That type of money is certainly not something that The Gunners spend often on one single player and for many Higuain is something of a bit-part man; who has never truly pinned down a place in European football.
But from doing a little bit of digging I have to say that at £22 million Arsenal would be getting an absolute bargain.
The 25-year-old has made it clear he wants to leave Real Madrid for a new challenge this summer and he may rightly believe that the time is right for him to become the big fish in the pond; with good reason as well.
Because when you actually take a look at the goal-scoring record of Gonzalo Higuain it is nothing short of phenomenal.
The former River Plate striker has more often or not been something of a bench player during his stint in La Liga meaning he has not racked up the amount of minutes on the pitch you may have expected him to.
But throughout his career he has played 10,671 minutes of league football in both Buenos Aires and Madrid scoring an astonishing tally of 120 goals.
An average of one goal every 88.9 minutes of playing time.
Meaning the signing of Higuain is currently a statistical guarantee of a goal per game.
When comparing that to the strikers currently at Arsenal you quickly realise how impressive that tally is. Giroud has an average of 152.5 minutes per goal while Podolski and Walcott’s is way behind in the 200’s.
But even compared to recent goalscorer’s at the club it puts them to shame. Thierry Henry can only muster 137 minutes per goal; while not even Robin Van Persie can touch him.
The Dutchman’s average of 133 minutes per league goal leaves him over one half of football behind the Argentine goal machine.
So if Real Madrid want an extra three or four million Euros for this goal-getter then quite frankly Arsenal should throw it at them.
What do you make of Gonzalo Higuain’s excellent strike rate?
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