This is a stats article so any Arsenal fans who think that stats are about as much use as a Champions League schedule to a Tottenham fan can prepare to do a lot of tutting. But the fact is that the Gunners are reported to be very close to securing the signature of the deadliest striker in the Premier League this season.
That player is not the Man City forward Sergio Aguero who scored the most goals, or Diego Costa who scored his 26 goals for Chelsea in just 26 games. The striker is…drumroll please….Theo Walcott!
You have to remember that the England international has not completed a full 90 minutes in the BPL all season and even with his 70 minutes or so against West Brom on Sunday, Walcott has played just 456 minutes in the league, while Aguero and Harry Kane completed over 2500 minutes each.
The Arsenal fans should be very glad that we are about to sign him up to a contract extension because his five goals came at a rate of one every 90 minutes. And as you can see on the Squawka.com stats comparison, Theo also has the best shooting accuracy of the four strikers mentioned, with only Aguero shooting at goal more often and then only slightly.
What is also very encouraging is that Walcott is just 0.01 behind Aguero´s best total score of 49.61 made up of all the stats combined. Kane and Costa´s scores are just over half of that so even though stats do not tell the whole story, they do suggest that in Walcott the Gunners have a very potent weapon. How much damage could he do with an injury free season?