How does Arsenal striker target Morata compare to Giroud?

Arsenal have been told striker target Alvaro Morata is free to leave Real Madrid but how does the young Spaniard compare to Olivier Giroud?

The 21-year-old Real Madrid starlet has been told he is free to leave the Spanish capital with Arsenal in pursuit to sign him.

Juventus have also been in the frame in recent weeks but the Gunners could be the better option for the youngster who needs regular first team football to continue his development.

Arsenal have been heavily reliant on the services of France international Olivier Giroud who was their lone striker for 36 games in the Premier League this season. The 27-year-old scored 16 goals and made 8 assists in the league whilst Morata scored 8 goals in La Liga across just three starts for Real Madrid and 20 appearances as a substitute.

Morata averaged 1.7 shots per game on average to Giroud’s 3.1 on average for the Gunners. However, the youngster was far more efficient with his finishing, evidenced by 69% of his shots hitting the target to Giroud’s 43%.

Morata also achieved a higher pass completion rate of 69.2% to Giroud’s 68.9% success with his passes, although Giroud averaged more than four times the number of passes per game on average across the season.

Giroud also averaged more dribbles per game, 0.7 on average to Morata’s 0.4 per game and averaged more key passes, 1 per game to Morata’s 0.6 per game on average in La Liga. Giroud was also far more useful defensively, making two defensive actions per game to Morata’s nil.

Morata did however win more of his aerial duels, 52% in fact to Giroud’s 46% but I suspect that may also be due to the higher intensity of physicality in the Premier League and may not reflect how well he would cope in the English top tier necessarily.

Overall, Alvaro Morata would be a great signing for Arsenal, whether on loan or permanently, and would certainly offer a different option to Giroud.

The youngster is more efficient in front of goal when he gets a chance and certainly beats the Frenchman in terms of pace and even though Giroud proved the strong of the two in a number of areas, I suspect that is also due to the greater opportunities he had to start.

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