Olivier Giroud vs Gonzalo Higuain: Head-to-head analysis

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Arsenal fans' patience with Olivier Giroud is well and truly wearing thin.

Despite arriving in 2012 following the departure of Robin van Persie, the France international is yet to endear himself to the club's demanding supporters due to a frustrating inconsistency in front of goal.

Whilst a fine striker on his day, the general consensus is that Giroud isn't prolific enough to inspire Premier League glory.


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One striker who might be, though, is Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain, who has been linked with a move to north London in recent weeks.

Reports suggest the 28-year-old's ridiculous £80 million price tag has forced Arsenal to withdraw their interest yet there's little doubt he would represent a marked improvement on Giroud - and here's the proof.


Let's start with the basics. In 38 Premier League appearances last term, Giroud struck a respectable 16 goals, three of which coming in a hat-trick against Aston Villa on the final day.

The Frenchman's tally, though, is put to shame by what Higuain managed in Serie A. Incredibly, the Argentina international scored 36 league goals en route to breaking Gunnar Nordahl's 66-year-old record of 35 strikes in one campaign.

Higuain continues to dominate statistically where all things attacking are concerned.

The Napoli star attempted 182 shots on goal last season - 81 more than Giroud - with 58% of those hitting the target.

Giroud's shooting accuracy, on the other hand, reads as 54%.

Chances created and key passes also swing in Higuain's favour. Throughout the 2015/16 term, he created 51 chances for his teammates and completed 49 important passes.

Where Giroud is concerned, the Frenchman crafted 36 clear-cut opportunities and made a tepid 30 key passes.

While it's important to note that Giroud made 12 league appearances from the bench, his role as a target man should involve linking up play.

Funnily enough, the one area that Giroud trumps Higuain in is assists, which reads as 6-2 in the 29-year-old's favour.

The immediate summary to be taken from the above statistics is that Higuain is the more prolific striker of the two, yet it can't be denied Giroud adds something different.

His height, heading accuracy and intricate touches are invaluable at the Emirates Stadium, helping to provide assists and spark attacks.

But that might not be enough. In order to win the Premier League, Arsenal need a deadly and ruthless striker capable of creating a moment of magic from thin air.

Is Giroud capable of that? Probably not. Is Higuain capable of that? Absolutely.

There's just the small issue of paying £80 million standing in Arsenal's way of reinvigorating their attacking line.

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