Better than Drmic! Young Bundesliga striker perfect for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

Statistics show that this man could suit the Gunners even better than Drmic.

If there is a player who would fit just perfectly to the Premier League then it’s Hamburg’s striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

So far he has scored 12 goals in 19 season appearances and it could have been a lot more if he hadn’t had so much bad luck with injuries. The 22-year-old striker was already thrown back by fitness a couple of times but he always came back afterwards.

His first major injury was in May 2012 when he couldn’t play for six months for his club Hertha Berlin, after scoring the decisive goal for their promotion to the Bundesliga.

After his injury it was hard for him to get a starting place in Hertha’s squad, which is why he went on loan to Hamburg at the beginning of this season. Here he had his final breakthrough with outstanding performances. Unfortunately he was injured three times this season, but still all hopes that Hamburg could avoid the relegation to the second division lie on him.

Each time after returning to action, it didn't take him long to find his rhythm again and he kept scoring just like before. Exactly that attitude to always land on his feet despite all the difficulties he’s facing, is one of the qualities that would make him so interesting for a club like Arsenal.

The Gunners have the image to lack real will power in the decisive moments of the important matches and therefore haven’t won an important title now for almost 10 years.

Lasogga is exactly the player that could help them with that. Despite his young age he has already taken responsibility for the team and has stepped in when it was necessary. Everybody in Hamburg knows that if they achieve to stay in the Bundesliga, then it’s mainly because of him and the young midfielder Calhanoglu.

He is a real fighter and never gives up. His injuries and difficult moments in his career have created a maturity in him that you will hardly find in players of his age.

Right now Arsenal are said to be focusing on Nuremberg’s striker sensation Josip Drmic who has already scored 16 goals this season. However, if you compare the statistics of both, then you would might want to think of Lasogga as the more interesting option.

Hamburg’s striker scored 12 goals in 19 season appearances which means 0.63 goals per match. Drmic’s achieved 16 goals in 27 matches which sums up to an average of 0.59 goals per match. The difference might not be too big, but you also have to consider that two of Drmic’s goals were penalties whereas Lasogga hasn’t scored a single goal from the spot.

Both strikers have had 83 goal scoring attempts with their teams, but Lasogga achieved this number in eight games less than Drmic.

The pass accuracy of both amounts to 60%, but Hamburg’s striker is clearly more efficient at tackling. He won 41.4% of his tackles and Drmic only 37.6%. The difference is even bigger when it comes to the aerial duels. The German striker from Hamburg has won 45% of his headers and has scored three of his 12 goals with his head.

His Swiss counterpart from Nuremberg only managed to win 31% of his air duels and scored only one of his 16 goals through a header.

Drmic and Lasogga are both great and young strikers who have managed to convince despite very weak performances of their teams. Both have all the potential to become great strikers, but Lasogga might fit better to a team like Arsenal because of his higher efficiency, his fighting spirit and his advantage in the heading game.

He has been one of the favourites of the fans at each team where he played because his playing style is really authentic and he never gives up a ball.

There might be a risk because of the high amount of injuries he has already had but his biggest weakness is at the same time, one of his biggest strengths as it helped him to develop his attitude of never giving up and always coming back.

Germany’s striker legend Uwe Seeler recently said about Lasogga that he is “like the fox in the chicken house”. Probably Wenger could use a fox among all the lambs in his team.

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