With Karim Benzema now seemingly out of reach, we have turned our attention to Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Express. South American football expert Tim Vickery has warned us against signing the Uruguayan, but his reasons seem somewhat unfounded.
Vickery praised the forward for his work-rate, but insists that he doesn’t score as many goals as he should.
“He’s a box to box centre-forward, his workrate is outstanding. He is quite happy to chase well back into his own half and he really does put in a shift,” Vickery said.
“My doubt about him – and I’ve seen a lot of him from Uruguay under-20s – is that he never quite manages to score the goals that you think he should.”
This seems a little harsh, especially when you look back at Cavani’s scoring record in recent seasons (courtesy of WhoScored).
The 28-year-old was phenomenal at Napoli, scoring 26, 28, and 36 goals in 32, 40, and 37 starts respectively.
- Arsenal icon slams Mikel Arteta signing: “it’s blowing up in his face”
- [Player ratings] Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Auba and Saka sweep aside Magpies
- Images posted finally confirm what all Arsenal fans have expected
His goal return has been slightly less spectacular – but still solid – since his big money move to PSG, but that may be largely down to the fact that he’s been playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
He’s scored 20 and 24 goals in 33 and 40 starts with the Ligue 1 champions, which is certainly nothing to sniff at.
With a fantastic record of 152 goals in 249 appearances across all competitions since 2009, it’s hard to argue with his goalscoring prowess.
Arsenal transfer news
We could certainly do far worse than Cavani, and if he’s available this summer then we should jump at the chance to sign him.