Arsenal strikers since 2000 ranked by their goal-per-game ratio (21st-11th)

  • Kobe Tong

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made history on Wednesday night.

By scoring a brace during the comfortable win over Norwich City, the club's star man moved to 50 Premier League goals in the sixth fastest time of any player in the competition's history.

The Gabon international won the Golden Boot during his first full season at the Emirates Stadium and his scoring escapades this week moved him level with Jamie Vardy in this year's race.

Arsenal fans must dread to think where they'd be in the table without Aubameyang's lethality in front of goal and it goes without saying that he's one of the club's greatest forwards of the modern era.

On the one hand, that's quite the compliment when you consider Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie's prolific records but, on the other hand, the Gunners have also had a fair share of duds.

Arsenal strikers since 2000

We've already ranked all of Arsenal's post-2000 strikers from worst to best during lockdown, but we thought Aubameyang's latest feat made it fit and proper that we brought stats into the equation.

We've taken the strikers from our original list - no predominant wide-men such as Alexis Sanchez or Theo Walcott - and ranked them by their goal-per-game ratios for the club.

It certainly threw up some interesting and unexpected results, so do yourself a favour and check out how Arsenal's modern strikers match up when their goal-scoring records are put to the test:

21. Yaya Sanogo - 0.05

Goals: 1

Games: 20

If only scoring four goals in an Emirates Cup game counted, am I right? You could never fault Sanogo for trying, but even a loan spell with Charlton Athletic seemed to be above the Frenchman's level.


20. Park Chu-young - 0.14

Goals: 1

Games: 7

Ermmmmmm, how did this even happen? Chu-young never really got a look in at the Emirates despite being thwacked with the number nine shirt, though his only ever goal - scored in the League Cup - was a beauty.

19. Carlos Vela - 0.17

Goals: 11

Games: 62

What could have been. Vela only showed flashes of brilliance during his time in England, though he's gone on to become a success over the pond with 57 goals in 71 games for Los Angeles FC.


18. Jérémie Aliadière - 0.18

Goals: 5

Games: 28

Aliadière was highly thought of in north London as one of many young Frenchmen strolling through the entrance, but we're not sure football fans ever really saw him at his best and they certainly didn't in an Arsenal shirt.

17. Francis Jeffers - 0.20

Goals: 8

Games: 39

'The Fox in the Box' did very little foxing in very few boxes. 


16. Marouane Chamakh - 0.20

Goals: 14

Games: 67

Chamakh arrived in the Premier League like the second coming of Ronaldo Nazario... ok, maybe not, but things were going so well until Van Persie returned from injury and then he did his best Sanogo impression.

15. Nwankwo Kanu - 0.22

Goals: 43

Games: 197

Yeh, this surprised us as well. It's easy to become preoccupied with Martin Tyler losing his mind to Kanu's hat-trick at Stamford Bridge to the point you forget his final four seasons at Arsenal reaped just 20 goals.


14. Eddie Nketiah - 0.23

Goals: 7

Games: 30

It's really early days for Nketiah, 21, so take this placement with a pinch of salt and remember that four goals in 12 games for Arsenal this season is nothing to be sniffed at given their constant struggles.

13. Danny Welbeck - 0.25

Goals: 32

Games: 126

Even when Welbeck wasn't taking up residence on the treatment table, failing to ever surpass five Premier League goals in a season for Arsenal represents a pretty poor return. We'll never forget that hat-trick against Galatasaray, mind.


12. Nicklas Bendtner - 0.26

Goals: 45

Games: 171

Reports say that Bendtner has called these statistics 'absolute b*******' and that if we actually double-checked our numbers, he'd finish in first place. Forgive us, Lord.

11. Sylvain Wiltord - 0.28

Goals: 49

Games: 175

Another striker that had Tyler goal-gasming down his microphone and Gooners probably think he's worthy of a place in the top ten for that Old Trafford goal alone, even if he did only score four times in the 'Invincible' season.



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