On the face of it, Arsenal’s summer transfer window was hardly recognised as the ‘catalyst for change’ we were all promised, but new research suggests Arsene Wenger has put his money in the right places.
Despite only signing two new arrivals in the form of Alex Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, the Gunners now look to have stronger options in two key areas that needed addressing.
Both players have made a good start to their debut campaigns having both picked up either an assist or goal in their competitive debut’s whilst wearing the red and white of Arsenal.
But in a market that compares clubs signing’s to one another more than any other time, MyVoucherCodes.co.uk have published a report of analysis that indicates the best and worst value for money transfers this summer.
Lacazette Out-Trumps Lukaku and Morata
Having moved to North London for a club record £52million fee, Lacazette has taken some heavy criticism from rival supporters as not being good enough to lead the line for Wenger’s side.
Whilst Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata have started the season in good fashion, it’s Lacazette who outweighs them both in terms of cost per goal.
With 28 goals in Ligue 1 last season, the Frenchman works out as costing £2,228,571 per strike, a much lower sum than that of former Everton talisman Lukaku, who costs United £3,416,000 for every shot that finds the back of the net.
When looking at Morata, his £60million fee seemed like a good deal, but it turns out he has cost Chelsea £4,520,000 per goal which is twice as much as Lacazette’s record making it clear to see who’s better value for money.
Is Kolasinac Wenger’s Best Ever Purchase?
If you’re asked that question in the pub, you’d probably say no and then look to pictures of Thierry Henry or Alexis Sanchez. However, you may want to rethink after seeing this research.
Once again, the report from MyVoucherCodes.co.uk underlines the argument that Kolasinac is the best player in that position currently in the Premier League when it comes to value for money.
After joining the club on a free once he let his contract at Schalke run down, the Bosnian has taken to life in London full steam ahead after bagging two assists in four games.
The real details come down to his value when defending, and remarkably each tackle and interception he makes cost Arsenal just £54,737 – which when I put it to you like that is difficult to deconstruct.
In order to add some relevance, the same stats when placed on the departed Kieran Gibbs’ shoulders cost a staggering £507,273, meaning we made a significant financial impact by swapping him out.
Arsenal Were Right To Sell The Ox!
The final details surrounding Arsenal’s value for money in the transfer window looked at the deadline day sale of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
With the Englishman’s contract running out next summer, Arsenal decided to cash in on his abilities by taking £35million from Liverpool.
In a wider sense it seemed like a great result for all parties, but MyVoucherCodes.co.uk have recognised that Arsenal got the better half of the deal.
The report labels The Ox as the worst value attacker signed by a Premier League club this summer.
Once you break down the analysis you notice that his two league goals and seven assists from last season were worth a ridiculous £4,582,222 each.
Now when you think of it like that, his loss as a squad player is quickly forgotten and we can move swiftly on to promoting some of the younger talent in our ranks.
Reiss Nelson is expected to fill the boots of The Ox and at just 18 years of age he’s not exactly taking a huge chunk of our transfer budget and putting it into his pay packet!
All round it looks like a great summer (financially) for the Arsenal, but when we’re making sensible decisions like these we have to see the money reinvested!
Top 5 Strikers (Cost per goal) – 4. Lacazette at £2,228,571
Worst Defenders (Cost per tackle/interception) – 3. Gibbs at £507,272
Worst Attacker (Cost per goal/assist) – 2. The Ox at £4,582,222