Giroud has a worse shooting accuracy than 12 Arsenal players - Who?

Giroud Celebrates

Under-fire Arsenal striker amazingly only the 13th most accurate in terms of shots on target per attempts on goal.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud failed to muster a single shot on goal against Tottenham at the weekend, but were the Gunners really missing much?

Statistics regarding the Frenchman's Premier League performances illustrate than he lands a lower percentage of his shots on target than 12 other Arsenal players.

Now Giroud has more attempts than any other, but as a striker, often moving into the best positions, the low ratio is not one to be proud of - especially as a lone front man he is depended on to score goals.

Giroud has landed a paltry 26 shots on target this season, from 83 attempts. 

Here is a look at how he compares to fellow teammates...

PlayerTeamPos% of Shots On TargetTotal Scoring AttOn Target Scoring AttAppsMins
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 61.54 26 16 22 1,834
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 55.00 40 22 18 1,495
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 53.85 13 7 26 2,250
Theo Walcott Arsenal MF 51.52 33 17 13 858
Serge Gnabry Arsenal MF 50.00 12 6 9 464
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal DF 45.45 11 5 26 2,246
Lukas Podolski Arsenal FW 43.75 16 7 11 526
Tomas Rosicky Arsenal MF 43.75 16 7 19 1,043
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 38.60 57 22 23 1,899
Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal FW 37.50 8 3 9 156
Per Mertesacker Arsenal DF 35.29 17 6 27 2,430
Jack Wilshere Arsenal MF 35.00 20 7 23 1,692
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 31.33 83 26 27 2,334

Nor can he blame it on being a striker, as comparison with other top forwards in the Premier League shows he does not fare well either.

PlayerTeamPos% of Shots On TargetTotal Scoring AttOn Target Scoring AttAppsMins
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 50.00 70 35 17 1,199
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 46.48 71 33 21 1,670
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 46.21 132 61 24 2,154
Álvaro Negredo Man City FW 40.98 61 25 24 1,515
Robin van Persie Man Utd FW 33.33 57 19 18 1,466
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 31.33 83 26 27 2,334

The irrepressible Sergio Aguero, whose season has been dented by injury, lands exactly half of his efforts on target. Of the impressive cast of goalscorers above, Giroud ranks lowest.

That's against Robin van Persie, the former Arsenal man whose struggles have been well documented, and who hit every one of his four efforts against Liverpool at the weekend off target.

Arsenal have been linked with bringing in new strikers ever since last summer, controversially failing to do so. Looking at the above, perhaps it's no wonder they tried so hard to sign Luis Suarez.

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