Arsenal’s attack make-up has been termed slow, wasteful and average during the last few seasons. Although Olivier Giroud’s performance has been good, as he managed an average of 20 goals each in his two seasons at Arsenal, but there is still a clamour from the fans for a world class striker.
During this transfer window, Arsenal has been linked to various strikers of different class like Mario Balloteli, Radamel Falcao, Wilfried Bony, Edison Cavani etc.
If the feelers we are getting is anything to go by, Arsenal could be involved in a sensational swap deal involving Olivier Giroud and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edison Cavani.
French website “Sport.fr” believes Arsene Wenger is still hoping to sign a world class forward and wonders if the Uruguayan could be the man to solve his striker problems
The Gunners are understood to offer Olivier Giroud plus £32 million in cash for the Uruguayan forward.
Reports we are getting suggest that PSG seem keen to let go of the player in order to balance their books and to use the money to renew their interest in Angel Di Maria.
Spanish media claims PSG have resurrected their interest in Di Maria after Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the player has handed in a transfer request.
Arsenal could also transfer £51 million for Cavani, without including Giroud into the deal, which would make him Arsene Wenger’s most expensive signing ever
Arsenal’s new-found Galactico-style policy could be ramped up a gear should they strike a landmark agreement with Paris Saint-Germain over the transfer of miss-used forward Edinson Cavani, a 27-year-old who seemingly wants out of the Parc des Princes club as he is continually pushed out wide in order to accommodate primary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
And also whether fans of the Paris club would like to see Cavani leave is unsure, especially with Giroud not being the most illustrious of replacements.
It is however, not clear if PSG will accept the offer after Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up an injury last weekend, but Giroud will be a cheaper backup option to the Swede, thereby helping the Ligue 1 team to lower their wage bill.
However, when comparing Cavani’s statistics from his peak season i.e. his final year at Napoli, playing as a striker rather than drifting out wide like he did for PSG last term to Giroud, there is one clear performer at the elite level, and it is not the Gunner.
The France striker may have been responsible for more passes on a per game average and his creativity is also underlined by the fact he created more goal-scoring opportunities (37 to Cavani’s 31), as well as twice as many direct assists, but when it comes to pure goal-scoring ability, it is Edison who is far more effective.
Giroud acquitted himself well in his second season in the Premier League, but even after his most productive spell in England, his performance in key attacking areas still paled next to Cavani’s.
Cavani’s return of 29 goals from 34 outings in Serie A for the 2012-13 season with Napoli placed him with performers such as Luis Suarez from last season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic from last year and even Lionel Messi, of Barcelona.