According to a report in the Daily Star, Arsenal are looking at hijacking Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of highly-rated Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca.
The Colombian international is currently one of the leading strikers in Europe and recently proved his worth with two goals in Sevilla’s 3-2 Europa League final victory over Dnipro.
It’s an area many Premier League observers feel the Gunners could improve, and one which club legend Thierry Henry pointed out needs developing if his former side wish to challenge for next season’s title.
Bacca’s burgeoning reputation as one of the world’s best strikers might be slightly distorted, but how does the 28-year-old compare with Olivier Giroud, and would he be an improvement?
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As per the table above, both strikers have their strengths and fortes but Bacca’s immense goal-scoring ability when it matters arguably gives him the edge.
In 31 La Liga starts, he notched 20 goals for Sevilla while also providing a further six – directly contributing to a goal once every 107 minutes in the Spanish top-flight.
Moreover, the former Club Brugge ace is seemingly better with the ball at this feet, averaging more dribbles per encounter and being dispossessed less frequently.
Giroud, on the other hand, averages more attempts on goal than Bacca, though by scoring six goals fewer some could argue he isn’t as clinical as his potential new teammate.
The Gunners’ main centre-forward is however unquestionably a top team player, creating more chances for his fellow teammates and notching a slightly better pass completion rate.
That said, Giroud’s record in big games last season wasn’t particularly inspiring – Monaco for instance – whereas Bacca has shown he can handle the pressure and step up when it really matters.