Stat Attack – Who signed the best striker this summer? Arsenal or Chelsea?

Stat Attack by Russell Cane

Ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Chelsea this weekend, our friends at compared how both new strikers, Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette, have begun life in the Premier League.

Morata and Lacazette are now four games into their Premier League careers as Chelsea and Arsenal come head-to-head at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The strikers arrived in the Premier League as record transfers for their clubs in the summer as Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid for £65 million, while Lacazette moved from Lyon to Arsenal for £52 million.

With the pair set to face each other this weekend, we have taken a look at how both strikers have started in the Premier League for their new sides.

Obviously these figures will change as the season unfolds, but as of now Morata has played seven more league minutes than Lacazette and he has been far more productive, registering three goals and two assists compared to the Frenchman’s two strikes.

This has led to the Spaniard being directly involved in a goal or an assist, on average, every 55.6 minutes. Lacazette has taken an average of 135.5 minutes to do the same.

Morata’s underlying stats also dominate Lacazette’s on a per game basis, registering more key passes (1.5 to 1.3), winning more aerial duels (1.5 to 0.8) and recording more shots (3.5 to 1.5).

However Lacazette has attempted (and successfully completed) more dribbles (1 to 0) per match.

A lack of supply from his teammates could be highlighted by Lacazette’s fewer shots, although he has been more clinical than Morata, converting 30 per cent of his chances compared to 21 per cent from the Chelsea striker.

With Chelsea and Arsenal spending well over £100 million on the forwards, Morata and Lacazette will be expected to provide the ammunition in what could be a goalfest, especially when you add Alexis returning to form for Arsenal and Hazard coming back for the Blues as well. Let’s hope we are in for a treat and Lacazette improves his stats at the Bridge…

Russell Cane


  1. GB says:

    Damn lies and statistics

  2. Eddy Hoyte says:

    knowing Wenger he might bench Lacazette and play Sanchez alongside Welbeck. Though we need Welbeck in these kind of matches apart from his confidence and scoring building up. Wenger won’t bench Ozil. if we are to slot in these 4 attackers, then one defender will take the fall and we’ll have to switch back to 4-2-3-1


    I don’t know how else we could use the four of them but I have a feeling Lacazette won’t be starting because it is Wenger!

    Whoever starts, have my support. For some odd reasons I’m confident about this particular match.


  3. mikki says:

    Lacazette needs to be play often not coming from the bench like what we saw in Liverpool game and being play out of position,he deserved to play 90 minutes for him to adapt,this guy is prolific, he will do better than morata but time shall tell..

    1. nero says:

      thats if wenger doesnt kill his prolific goal scoring abilities…as its shown in the stats…hes hardly had as much shots as morata , as wenger must have told him to pass the balls than shoot

  4. JJPawn says:

    There is not data to warrant any conclusion now. Maybe in about 10 games in the EPL.

  5. arsenal4life says:

    Premier league 2016/2017.
    Having the top goal scorer
    does not always guarantee the title.
    Kane Spurs 29
    Lukaku Everton 25
    Sánchez Arsenal 24
    Agüero Manchester City 20
    Costa Chelsea 20

  6. Waal2waal says:

    “Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home.“ – This was back in 2002 when Wenger took a direct dig at Sir Alex, who had earlier criticised Arsenal’s squad.”

    as a reply to the question being posed i guess this response holds as good today as it did when first we ever heard it.

  7. Yossarian says:

    They are both very good strikers. Their impact and achievements this season will depend on how well their managers utilise them, and how well their teams compliment their abilities.

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