Arsenal paid almost three times their previous record transfer fee when they landed German midfielder Mesut Ozil and he can show his value this season by scoring over 5.5 Premier League goals at 17/20.
The most expensive player in north London surpassed that total in three of the last four seasons and will breeze past it if he can replicate his goalscoring form from last year.
Much has been made of the former Real Madrid man’s incredible rate of assists, but he can score too and struck five times in his last six games of Los Blancos’ 2012/13 league campaign.
Ozil’s international tallies are also pretty strong, with 14 goals in 47 games for Germany and five in his last six World Cup qualifiers.
He found the back of the net an impressive nine times in 32 La Liga appearances last season, particularly so when taking into account he only started 23 of those games as Jose Mourinho kept his star players fresh ahead of big Champions League matches and El Clasicos.
The 24-year-old is sure to start more often than that for Arsenal considering their constant injury woes in midfield.
Mikel Arteta has not featured in any of the Gunners’ games so far, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out until October at least and Jack Wilshere has yet to prove he can stay fit for long periods.
It could be argued that Ozil played for a team and in a league where it is easy to score last term, as Real Madrid’s 103 league goals dwarfs Arsenal’s record of 72 strikes and is 17 more than champions Man Utd managed.
However, getting a run of games put Arsenal midfielders amongst the goals last season as ever-present Santi Cazorla struck 12 times in the league and 34-game Arteta repeated his 2011/12 haul of six.
There is no reason to believe that Ozil, who has had no significant injury problems during his eight-year career so far, cannot better those marks.