Stats: When it comes to Chelsea man, do Arsenal snog, marry or avoid?

Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o has reportedly expressed his desire to join Arsenal, seemingly to spite Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, in the latest transfer news.

Samuel Eto'o's representatives have reportedly contacted Arsenal over the possibility of reaching a contractual agreement. The British media have claimed that the root cause of the Cameroonian's interest in the Gunners is to remain in the Premier League where he can score vengeance over Jose Mourinho - all because of the Portuguese's comments about the player's age, when he thought he was off-camera.

For Arsene Wenger, it may be a case that Eto'o is better placed in the Gunners ranks than outside it as this is a player who, like Didier Drogba before him, has oft been the bane of Arsenal's existence. He did, after all, spark the comeback in the 2006 Champions League final that saw the North Londoners miss out on the trophy and got the first goal in the 6-0 slaughter of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge two months ago.

The free agent's prolificacy is no longer certain, though, because, at 33-years-old he is a striking veteran and failed to make a substantial enough impact at Chelsea to warrant extended terms with the Blues.

  TeamShot AccGoal to ShotShot /AppGoalTouch /AppPass AccMins /ChanceGoal AssistAppsMins
Giroud Arsenal 33.9% 14.3% 3.1 16 48.2 68.94 83.3 8 36 3,081
Eto'o Chelsea 44.1% 15.3% 2.8 9 26.2 76.07 59.4 2 21 1,306
Podolski Arsenal 46.3% 19.5% 2.1 8 40.7 88.83 146.5 2 20 1,172
Sanogo Arsenal 50.0% N/a 0.3 0 5.5 68.00 71.0 0 8 71

When compared to Arsenal's three main attacking weapons, Eto'o appears a step-up from Sanogo, but that may well be down to a lack of opportunity on the part of the latter.

Of all four players listed in the data table above, renowned finisher Podolski has the highest shooting accuracy (46.3% accurate) outside of the infrequently used Sanogo, scores with one of his five attempts on average (19.5% goals to shots ratio) and also has the highest passing accuracy - 89% - a figure that would not be out of place if associated with the more lauded passers of the football, like Mesut Ozil.

Where Eto'o excels, is chance creation, creating a goal-scoring opportunity every 59 minutes he is on the field, however, even when accounting for the minutes he plays, those chances do not turn into direct assists enough - and Giroud tops the assist chart with eight.

For Arsenal, it could well be a case of snog, marry or avoid.

Do they flirtatiously lock lips with Eto'o by offering a pay as you go deal (the three-time Champions League winner would be tertiary choice, presumably after Giroud and whomever Arsenal target as their number one forward), elope with him by signing off a one-year deal or reject his representative's overtures as acquiring him would effectively kill off Sanogo's development?

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