Stats: How Vucinic compares to Arsenal's other targets - nothing on Bendtner

Mirko Vucinic

Arsenal are in the market for an additional striker to relieve the goal-scoring burden from Giroud, but Vucinic may not be the answer…

Out of the main striking targets Arsenal have been linked with throughout the mid-season transfer window, Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic - out of favour with the Serie A's Old Lady - fares the worst when it comes to the main statistics an attacker is scrutinised on; how frequently he affects the scoreline in a positive manner.

Currently, Arsene Wenger has Olivier Giroud spearheading his formation, a Frenchman who returns a goal or assist once every 131 minutes, with un-fancied Nicklas Bendtner his only real deputy (one goal every 81 minutes), while Lukas Podolski - described by Wenger as a natural finisher - able to play centrally in the case of a crisis, as the Germany international has, thus far this season, returned a goal or assist every 49 minutes.

PLAYERMINUTESGOALS (G)ASSISTS (A)G+A:Minutes
 Vucinic  390  2 0  1:195
 Draxler  1602  4  6  1:160
 Berbatov  1564  4  2  1:260
 Costa  1968  23  4  1:72
 Martinez  1967  15  1  1:122

From the basic data above, it appears as though Vucinic, who has made as many appearances in his domestic division and in the Champions League this season as Bendtner has for Arsenal but has stayed on the pitch longer, is less reliable for a goal than the maligned Dane.

He also has a worse attacking efficiency than Bundesliga stand-out Julian Draxler, himself a player not enjoying as strong a season as he was last year, plays a different position than Vucinic, but still scores or assists more frequently.

The one striker Vucinic is more useful than is Dimitar Berbatov, who was linked with a switch to the Gunners earlier in the month on either a £2m permanent deal or a loan basis. The Bulgarian, formerly on the books at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, has scored four and set up two this season to return a goal/assist every 260 minutes he is on the pitch.

Brazil-born Spaniard Diego Costa is more than four times more effective in front of goal than Berbatov, though, and almost three times more useful than Vucinic, as the Atletico Madrid superstar - a goal machine - is responsible for affecting the scoreline once every 72 minutes.

Costa is also firmly on course to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo for the Pichichi trophy as he has 19 thus far in La Liga competition, just three behind the Real Madrid superstar.

Edit: Vucinic's agent has since denied claims that his client would be moving to Arsenal. Considering the statistics, this could be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal.

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