More to Arsenal target than goals and here’s why he can become Europe’s best

first_imgAlvaro Morata’s future at Juventus is uncertain and Arsenal are among one of Europe’s big clubs to show an interest in the 23-year-old. Here, WhoScored.com have the lowdown on him…If a big game striker is what any team requires, managers could do much worse than sign Alvaro Morata.The Spain international, while struggling for consistency, still established himself as one of Juventus’ key men in attack, ultimately netting the only goal of the game as the Old Lady secured Coppa Italia glory at AC Milan’s expense recently. Indeed, that could well have been Morata’s final appearance for Juventus, with Real Madrid reportedly keen on exercising the buy-back clause in his contract before selling on for an inflated fee.One of those rumoured to be in the running for his signature is Premier League side Arsenal, who are keen to strengthen their attack this summer. On the back of the capture of Granit Xhaka, the Gunners are hoping to continue their spending spree with the arrival of the Spaniard.However, for the rumoured fee Real Madrid will demand – believed to be €40m (£30.4m) – it remains to be seen whether Morata is worth the hassle. The young striker, whose finishing is a weakness, as statistically calculated by WhoScored.com, has a 14.6 per cent conversion rate in Serie A this season.Given Arsene Wenger is able to call on the wildly inconsistent Olivier Giroud in attack, Arsenal require a striker capable of regularly hitting the back of the net. Arsenal’s creator in chief Mesut Ozil played more key passes (146) than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season and created the most clear cut chances (28) in the Premier League, yet registered just 19 league assists, not a paltry return, but given the chances created, should have been higher.Evidently, Arsenal need a consistent striker to land domestic glory next campaign, with a lack of free scoring front men holding them back.Yet, there is more to Morata than just scoring goals.Granted, a striker’s primary objective is to put the ball in the back of the net and fans will expect this of the 23-year-old should Arsenal make a move for him. Morata’s game, though, is largely based around his ability to force the opposition into making mistakes and dragging defenders out of position. One strength of his, which has been statistically calculated by WhoScored.com is the player’s defensive contribution as Morata’s pressuring helps defend from the front.This allows the Spain international to create goalscoring chances, not only for himself but team-mates as well. With space opened up, those operating behind him can exploit gaps in the opposition defence to go for goal.Given Wenger can call on Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi, to name three, to play in the attacking three in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, the Arsenal boss needs a striker able to create space for his attacking players to exploit.Moreover, Morata’s inability to frequently hit the back of the net shouldn’t be taken as a sign that he won’t contribute to goals for the club. The striker was directly involved in a goal every 104 minutes for Juventus in Serie A this season.  With regular first team action for Arsenal, his return should theatrically get even better.Of course, interest in Morata’s signature is high across the Continent, with Arsenal not the only team linked with the striker, but if Wenger can convince him his future lies in north London, the Gunners will land themselves a hard working forward, who has the potential to become one of Europe’s best strikers.For more stats on Alvaro Morata, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page. 1 WhoScored.com run the rule over Juventus striker Alvaro Morata last_img read more