One clear cut stat shows Arsenal still desperately need a world class striker

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The Gunners have relied heavily on Olivier Giroud this season.

It has long been argued that Arsenal need to sign a world class centre forward if they are to compete for the Premier League and Champions League.

Last summer they were linked with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, although a move failed to materialise for the Frenchman.

That saw Arsene Wenger widely criticised, with him instead they opting to stick by Olivier Giroud as his first choice striker.

He has enjoyed an impressive campaign, with him having managed 20 goals in all competitions so far, 12 of which have come in the Premier League.

Recent months have seen him tail off though, once again bringing up the debate of Arsenal needing to strengthen in that position in the summer.

And despite Giroud’s notable season, one stat helps to demonstrate that the position is one they still need to desperately strengthen.

  Clear Cut Chances ScoredAppearances
Man Utd 54% 30
Tottenham 46% 31
West Ham 45% 30
Leicester 41% 31
Man City 37% 30
Arsenal 35% 30

It transpires that the Gunners have the worst conversion rate when it comes to clear cut chances of the current top six.

They have a conversion rate of just 35%, putting them behind Manchester City, Leicester City, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Indeed, of the strikers in those teams to have played more than 16 games, Arsenal’s are in the bottom four, with Theo Walcott the worst with a conversion rate of 23%.

Alexis Sanchez sits on 33% while Giroud has a rate of 35%, once again highlighting just how much Arsene Wenger’s squad needs a world-class striker this summer

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