Arsenal target Alvaro Morata finishes season as La Liga’s most prolific striker

Arsenal target Alvaro Morata netted another two goals for Real Madrid during a routine 3-1 victory over Espanyol.

Spanish under-21 international Alvaro Morata has kept up his tag as one of Europe’s deadliest finishers by netting another double for Real Madrid.

Yet again this season, Alvaro Morata started Real’s final match of the season on the bench with French international Karim Benzema in the starting line-up. However, following an injury precaution ahead of next week’s Champions League final, French international Benzema was replaced by the reported Arsenal transfer target with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Up against tired legs, Morata took full advantage of the space available by twice getting on to superb Angel Di Maria assists to put the game beyond a battling Espanyol.

His double took his La Liga tally to eight for the season, and in just 639 minutes, Morata has notched a goal on average every 79 minutes – a record which makes him more prolific than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The 21-year-old’s stock has risen over the season, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be a big admirer.

The Frenchman is said to have tried to sign Morata during the January transfer window, but despite apparently failing on that occasion, a number of reports have suggested the Gunners maintain their interest ahead of this summer.

Wenger is almost certainly on the lookout for a new striker to partner Arsenal star Olivier Giroud upfront, and he will struggle to find one with a comparable prolific record as the one the Real youngster possesses.

According to the Spanish newspaper Marca, Madrid president Florentino Perez has currently set Morata’s price between €15m and €20m, an inviting figure which should tempt Arsenal to at least pose some questions this summer.

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