Heartthrob hitman Olivier Giroud is due to return to Arsenal training earlier than expected next week after it was originally assumed his recovery from a broken leg would keep him sidelined until the new year.
Yet, despite arriving back ahead of schedule, the bwin odds moguls foresee him struggling to displace Danny Welbeck from Arsene Wenger’s first team.
The boys in black and gold go 57/100 that the summer-window signing from Manchester United will make more Premier League starts than the man who notched 22 times in 51 outings for the Gunners last season.
Those who disagree with the layers’ assessment are free to avail themselves of the 5/4 that the former Montpellier man instead makes the greater amount of starting XIs.
But, by and large, the stats in the infographic above do suggest that Welbeck has been of more use to the team in league action than Giroud was, on average, let season.
That’s despite the third-term Gunner producing more goals and assists per match.
England’s line-leader in the absence of Daniel Sturridge does trail Giroud in that regard, but, in terms of assists, that seems to be a question of luck, with Welbeck playing very nearly a key pass per game more than his rival.
The younger man also shades the Frenchman in terms of shot accuracy and duels won over the course of an average match, while his passing accuracy is particularly impressive for one constantly operating in heavily-patrolled areas.
While Welbeck is not yet as prolific, he has been doubly hampered in that regard by playing with a white-hot Alexis Sanchez and an out of sorts Mesut Ozil.
Last term there was no Chilean to eat into Giroud’s chances, while the former Real Madrid man was an assist machine for a fair period.
All good reasons to trust in Welbz, but ultimately it’s the quality that Sir Alex Ferguson and successive England managers prized in the Longsight native that makes him an absolute shoo-in for this market….