With all the rumours involving Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal over the past couple of months we investigated his stats during last season’s La Liga campaign with Real Madrid.
The first thing you will notice is just 19 starts, however this is due to Mourinho opting to rotate the Argentine with Benzema for the central striker role. When he has started however his goals per game ratio is very high.
Here are his stats from the past season in Spain:
Gonzalo Higuain 2012/13 La Liga statistics
- Appearances: 19 (9)
- Goals: 16
- Assists: 5
- Shots per Game: 2
- Shot accuracy: 51.8%
- Conversion Rate: 28.6%
- Key Passes Per game: 0.8
- Dribbles Per game: 0.7
So how did he fare compared to his team-mates and Arsenal’s main striker Olivier Giroud?
Obviously Ronaldo was on another planet, but upfront Benzema started the same amount of La Liga matches as Higuain however played two extra from the bench and managed less goals (11).
Giroud started 24 matches with an additional 10 appearances off the bench, scoring 11 goals in his first Premier League season. Not a bad sum for a player in transition, however Higuain’s conversion rate is far more impressive with the Arsenal man netting just under 10% of his shots. The Madrid man also claimed five assists to Giroud’s three.
You can then start to look at the statistics from the Cup competitions, however it is on the international stage that will prick the ears of Gooners with the Argentine scoring 9 goals and claiming one assist in 11 World Cup Qualifiers last season.
Higuain certainly has the goal scoring stats to back up a substantial transfer fee, lets hope Arsenal can eventually lure the striker to north London as he can be a big player for the Gunners next season.
Statistics from whoscored.com