Arsenal Have Done The Best Business In La Liga

With last season's entire top seven likely to import from Spain this summer, Tim Stannard picks out the good business from the less so. Let's hope he wears a tin hat...

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Synergy says...

@fictionalemu> Torres scored 15 goals in 40 appearances for Athletico during his last season, while he scored 33 goals in 46 appearances for Pool in his first season in the PL.

I never claimed he wasn't a good player or a good goal scorer, just that he used to spurn as many chances as he scored in Spain and nobody expected him to be a 25-30 goal striker. Instead he took to the PL like fish to water and overnight became one of the best strikers in the world.

Posted 12:37pm 24th July 2014

fictionalemu says...

@Synergy, Torres was pretty prolific. He had 75 goals in 174 La Liga games, which is one every 2.3 games.

Posted 11:23am 24th July 2014

mootilated (Arsenal) says...

Dryice - even his statistics are pretty decent. The man had the best conversion rate behind only Messi, Ronaldo & Suarez. With Barcelona he registered at least one goal or assist in every game. To give you a comparison, he scored 19 goals out of 102 shots compared to 100m Gareth Bale who scored 15 goals out of 118 shots. I could go on comparing with other players but you get the point. He's a pretty decent player, and a Winger so his stats would obviously look different compared to a Center Forward. Also, his change of pace is incredible and is awesome to watch at times.

Posted 8:41am 24th July 2014

Synergy says...

@fictionalemu> Sanchez isnt a 30 goal striker, but you never know. Torres also wasn't prolific in Spain and then suddenly everything clicked at Pool.

I think Sanchez would be at his best not as the central striker, rather part of a fluid attacking three.

Lastly still not buying all the rubbish about Ozil being a flop. He had a decent season and this was his first. I expect big things from his this season, now that he has had time to adjust to the PL game. And I am not even a Arsenal fan, but I just think Ozil is just too talented to fail.

Posted 7:46am 24th July 2014

fictionalemu says...

@macduff, I have no idea how Soldado's record is relevant. This article claims that Sanchez could be a 20-goal-a-season striker at Arsenal, and I'm asking what that is based upon, given that he's never scored that many in all his seasons playing in Spain, Italy, Argentina and Chile - and in all but one of those seasons he's never even come close. I'm not saying he's a bad player, I'm asking where this idea of him as a goalscorer is coming from.

Posted 8:28pm 23rd July 2014

solskjaer99 (Manchester United) says...

Have Arsenal really done the best business? They've signed a great player, no doubt, but have they addressed the weaknesses in their squad? I'd say they haven't, he's a luxury player, unless they sign someone to finish the chances generated by all this creativity then he'll have been a waste of money. As for Herrera being overpriced, no-one can say that at this stage, people said buying an 18 year old from Portugal for £12m was overpriced at one point (no I am not saying Herrera will be as good as Ronaldo, just to clarify for all the cretins) our midfield is weak, he strengthens it, at this point to me it looks like a more influential signing than Sanchez.

Posted 5:47pm 23rd July 2014

macduff says...

yes fictionalemu, and Soldado who actually is supposed to be a £30million striker had a great goalscoring record in Spain

Posted 12:03pm 23rd July 2014

dryice says...

Macduff. That's crazy. What is the benchmark for knowing ' a little' I'm guessing it's when they agree with you. I have seen him play and apart from a couple of games for Chile I was not impressed massively. Now I'm happy to concede that I may have seen his worst games, or that I'm simply a bad judge of a player but I'm not prepared to ignore that purely because there is a case that it may not be truly representative and go with the collective when the collective (i.e. you) don't seem able to do the same. I can explain the stats comment again, maybe just for you, but it simply shows how misleading it is in using them to add to the value of Sanchez. You can ignore this again if you wish and just assume I'm comparing Sanchez to Jon Walters as players. Maybe on this take a little of your own advice. I have seen so many young players arrive with glowing reputations and expectations and fail to live up to them and be deemed a flop as a result. I HOPE he works out. For the record, I still don't get Patrick Vieira, I still think of him as a carthorse but am happy to accept that it's my blind spot based on his history, what I cant do is accept it's a blind spot based on a players potential, surely you can see that that would be just crazy. Of course you can ignore this all again, and still think I liken Sanchez to Grant Holt.

Posted 11:40am 23rd July 2014

macduff says...

As i said dryice, statistically or otherwise, you are comparing a winger in Spain to center forwards in England, and not even in the same season. Desperate. You asked what are you supposed to do? Well usually when I know little about something I keep my mouth shut and learn from those who do. I suggest you do the same instead of making a fool of yourself comparing Alexis Sanchez to Grant Holt and Danny Graham subconsciously trying to justify your own bitterness

Posted 10:42am 23rd July 2014

fictionalemu says...

Also, is Sanchez really a 20-goal-a-season striker? He's never scored that many in a single season in his career. In fact, last season was the first time he got more than 12, and that was for a Barca team that got 100 goals in the league. Throughout his career he's scored one goal every 3.5 league games, and his record in Europe (3 goals in 33 matches) is terrible.

Posted 10:24am 23rd July 2014

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