Would Arsenal be better off signing Morata or Remy?

Alvaro Morata

Arsenal are eyeing two of the continent’s most promising strikers in Real Madrid youngster Álvaro Morata and Newcastle loan star Loic Remy from QPR.

The North Londoners are widely expected to be in the market for a striker this summer after being heavily reliant on the services of Olivier Giroud up front on his own without much in the way of competition at the Emirates.

The Gunners are heavily linked with two of the continent’s most impressive strikers, behind the world-class and subsequently expensive likes of Diego Costa and Edinson Cavani.

Both forwards could likely be acquired for less than £25 million this summer, if Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger decides to target them but which one would be the better signing for the French coach?

27-year-old Remy has more experience than his 21-year-old counterpart Morata and, crucially, he has 18 months in the Premier League under his belt with QPR and Newcastle United. He scored 14 goals and made 3 assists for the Magpies this term across 26 appearances in the Premier League.

Alvaro Morata is only just breaking through the ranks at Real Madrid but has emerged impressively, scoring eight goals in La Liga across only three starts and 20 appearances as substitute. To level the playing field and assess their capabilities in front of goal, Morata has averaged a goal every 72 minutes in the Spanish top tier this term to Remy’s goal every 150 minutes in the Premier League.

Morata has averaged 1.7 shots per game for Real to Remy’s 3.5 shots per game for Newcastle this term. However, in terms of potency, the young Spaniard has a shot accuracy rate of 69% to Remy’s 49% accuracy.

Remy succeeded with an average of 1.1 per game of his dribbles on average to Morata’s 0.4 per game, however, and the elder of the pair recorded 80.8% pass completion rate to Morata’s 69.2% rate in Spain (although, Morata’s rate increased to 80.4% in the Champions League this term).

Morata has reportedly flown in from Spain this week to discuss a potential move to North London and is valued around £25 million and Remy has been spotted in the stands at the Emirates amid rumours of a cut-price £8 million move.

Overall, Remy possesses more experience and proven threat in the Premier League which Morata would likely need to adapt to and the forward is already familiar with France colleague Giroud – in terms of value for money, Arsenal would sign a player of proven quality, at the peak age for a striker but, in the long term, as Morata develops and fine-tunes his game, he will almost certainly be the more dangerous player.

He is, at present, more efficient than Remy, scoring more often and with more accuracy - whilst being six years Remy’s junior.

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