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Arsenal Forwards & Their First Full Seasons

Postby The GFP » April 17th, 2013, 12:32 am

It amazes me that Giroud is getting so much grief considering its his first season with Arsenal so i thought it might be interesting to go back through the years and have a look at other player's first full season's and since 1980 only 6 players have had a better goals per game ratio.

I am only including players who have played 10+ games in all competitions in their first FULL season with Arsenal as some times they signed in the January transfer window or players like Carlos Vela signed in 2005 but did not make his debut until 2008/09 or others who did not make 10 appearances until their 2nd or 3rd season.

I will include players like Arshavin, The Ox, Walcott, Reyes ect. even though they did not play up front when they first joined or are not stereotypical no.9's or no.10's (or in Wrighty's case no.8) but did not just play as attacking midfielder's.

GPG = Goals Per Game

0.652 GPG : Ian Wright (30 Goals in 46 Games) from Crystal Palace for £2,500,000

0.553 GPG : Thierry Henry (26 Goals in 47 Games) from Juventus (Italy) for £10,500,000

0.404 GPG : Tony Woodcock (21 Goals in 52 Games) from 1. FC Köln (Germany) for £500,000

0.390 GPG : Dennis Bergkamp (16 Goals in 41 Games) from Inter Milan (Italy) for £7,500,000

0.387 GPG : Eduardo (12 Goals in 31 Games) from Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) for £7,500,000

0.381 GPG : Lukas Podolski (16 Goals in 42 Games) from 1. FC Köln (Germany) for £10,900,000

0.362 GPG : Olivier Giroud (17 Goals in 47 Games) from Montpellier (France) for £12,800,000

0.356 GPG : Marc Overmars (16 Goals in 45 Games) from Ajax (Holland) for £7,000,000

0.340 GPG : Alan Sunderland (18 Goals in 53 Games) from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £220,000

0.327 GPG : Nwankwo Kanu (16 Goals in 49 Games) from Inter Milan (Italy) for £4,500,000

0.320 GPG : Alan Smith (16 Goals in 50 Games) from Leicester City for £750,000

0.319 GPG : Sylvain Wiltord (15 Goals in 47 Games) from Bordeaux (France) for £13,000,000

0.313 GPG : Kevin Campbell (10 Goals in 32 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.308 GPG : Andrey Arshavin (12 Goals in 39 Games) from Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) for £16,800,000

0.294 GPG : Paul Merson (5 Goals in 17 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.286 GPG : Julio Baptista (10 Goals in 35 Games) from Real Madrid (Spain) On Loan

0.283 GPG : Charlie Nicholas (13 Goals in 46 Games) from Celtic (Scotland) for £800,000

0.282 GPG : Davor Suker (11 Goals in 39 Games) from Real Madrid (Spain) for £500,000

0.278 GPG : Paul Vaessen (5 Goals in 18 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.273 GPG : Emmanuel Adebayor (12 Goals in 44 Games) from Monaco (France) for £7,000,000

0.267 GPG : José Antonio Reyes (12 Goals in 45 Games) from Seville (Spain) for £10,500,000

0.267 GPG : Jeremie Aliadiere (4 Goals in 15 Games) from Clairefontaine (France) for Free

0.265 GPG : Anders Limpar (13 Goals in 49 Games) from Cremonese (Italy) for £1,000,000

0.263 GPG : Brian Marwood (10 Goals in 38 Games) from Sheffield Wednesday for £800,000

0.250 GPG : Marouane Chamakh (11 Goals in 44 Games) from Bordeaux (France) for Free

0.244 GPG : Robin van Persie (10 Goals in 41 Games) from Feyenoord (Holland) for £2,750,000

0.231 GPG : Paul Dickov (3 Goals in 13 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.227 GPG : Raphael Meade (5 Goals in 22 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.225 GPG : Nicolas Anelka (9 Goals in 40 Games) from P.S.G (France) for £500,000

0.225 GPG : Nicklas Bendtner (9 Goals in 40 Games) from F.C Copenhagen (Denmark) for £200,000

0.220 GPG : Paul Mariner (9 Goals in 41 Games) from Ipswich Town for £150,000

0.217 GPG : John Hartson (5 Goals in 23 Games) from Luton Town for £2,500,000

0.214 GPG : Martin Hayes (3 Goals in 14 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.208 GPG : Lee Chapman (5 Goals in 24 Games) from Stoke City for £500,000

0.207 GPG : Carlos Vela (6 Goals in 29 Games) from Guadalajara (Mexico) for £125,000

0.200 GPG : Brian McDermott (5 Goals in 25 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.200 GPG : John Hawley (3 Goals in 15 Games) from Sunderland for £40,000

0.200 GPG : Freddy Ljungberg (8 Goals in 40 Games) from Halmstads (Sweden) for £3,000,000

0.200 GPG : Francis Jeffers (2 Goals in 10 Games) from Everton for £8,000,000

0.188 GPG : David Platt (6 Goals in 32 Games) from Sampdoria (Italy) for £4,750,000

0.179 GPG : Frank Stapleton (5 Goals in 28 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.157 GPG : Robert Pirès (8 Goals in 51 Games) from Marseille (France) for £6,000,000

0.154 GPG : Christopher Wreh (4 Goals in 26 Games) from Monaco (France) for £300,000

0.108 GPG : Gervinho (4 Goals in 37 Games) from OSC Lille (France) for £10,500,000

0.095 GPG : Luis Boa Morte (2 Goals in 21 Games) from Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) for £1,750,000

0.086 GPG : Perry Groves (3 Goals in 35 Games) from Colchester Utd for £50,000

0.083 GPG : David Rocastle (2 Goals in 24 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.077 GPG : Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (1 Goal in 13 Games) from Ajax (Holland) for Free

0.071GPG : Liam Brady (1 Goal in 14 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.059 GPG : Niall Quinn (1 Goal in 17 Games) from Arsenal Youth

0.031 GPG : Theo Walcott (1 Goal in 32 Games) from Southampton for £9,100,000

0.031 GPG : Glenn Helder (1 Goal in 32 Games) from Vitesse Arnhem (Holland) for £250,000

0.000 GPG : Ian Allinson (0 Goals in 10 Games) from Colchester Utd for Free

0.000 GPG : Kaba Diawara (0 Goals in 15 Games) from Bordeaux (France) for £2,500,000


Remember that if a player joined Arsenal as a youth they might have played a few seasons before they managed 10 appearances.

Also players like Ian Wright, Alan Sunderland, Nicolas Anelka joined part way through the season so i dont include that as a first full season.
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Re: Arsenal Forwards & Their First Full Seasons

Postby The GFP » April 17th, 2013, 1:59 am

As always my fat fingers might have mashed the wrong key/keys so if you see any errors do let me know so i can change it
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