Arsenal’s problems in front of goal were widely criticised throughout the latter stages of the previous season, with main striker Olivier Giroud enduring a difficult four-month long goal drought, while back-up options proved to be poor replacements. Although the Frenchman still managed to find the back of the net 16 times in the Premier League, the situation at the Emirates could potentially get worse, as the latest soccer lines predict that Arsenal players will be absent from the top six goal-scoring charts next season.
The majority of bookmakers have named Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero as favourite for the Golden Boot next season, with the Argentine expected to continue his consistent run of form. The 28-year-old was joint-second in the recent rankings, scoring 24 goals in just 30 league appearances. Even when dealing with injury and fitness issues, Aguero remains one of the deadliest forwards around, finding the net every 99 minutes.
Just across north London from Arsenal is rival star Harry Kane, with odds suggesting that the England international will finish runner-up to Aguero. The Spurs man won the coveted individual award in May, heading the table with 25 goals, and is tipped to return to form after a poor international break. At just 22-years-old, more is expected from Kane, especially with Mauricio Pochettino active in the summer transfer window.
Finishing off the top three is one of Manchester United’s latest acquisitions Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish superstar registered a remarkable 38 Ligue 1 goals last season, and although he isn’t expected to quite reach the same level when switching to the English leagues, Ibrahimovic is still believed capable of a healthy total.
After the initial trio, goal-scoring odds fluctuate between the best of the rest, with Romelu Lukaku, Jamie Vardy, Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi all predicted to continue racking up the goals. However, Arsenal supporters will be disappointed to see that the highest-rated Gunner is Alexis Sanchez, way down in an average 8th position, while the aforementioned Giroud only just squeezes into the top 10.
These initial projections do not bode well for Arsenal’s future title prospects, and hint that the club desperately need to complete one of several rumoured deals for centre-forwards this summer. Amid suggestions that Sanchez could be heading to Juventus, Wenger will need to find someone who can equal or surpass rival strikers, as Giroud in 10th simply isn’t good enough. In order to challenge for silverware next season, they need a player capable of performing on the same level as the likes of Aguero, Kane and Ibrahimovic before the window closes.