Arsenal should be afraid, very afraid, because when Newcastle United come to town they will be bringing the Premier League’s most deadly striker with them.
Not the reincarnation of Alan Shearer, but Papiss Cisse, the only man in the English top flight who boasts a superior goals-per-90-minutes ratio to Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
He can backed at 3/1 to find the net at the Emirates and a massive 11/1 to bag first or last, which, given the numbers readers are shortly to be party to, look exceptionally generous prices.
Argentine wrecking ball Aguero has rightly been hailed to the heavens for the irresistible form that has seen him strike at a rate of 1.2 goals per standard-length match played in the league this term.
‘Kun’ had found the net a total of 14 times so far in 2014/15 from 1054 minutes on the pitch before succumbing to injury against Everton.
It’s a brilliant rate of return, however, surprising as it may be to some, Cisse is just that bit more lethal.
Newcastle’s top goalscorer may have bagged half as many times as Aguero, yet his seven strikes have come from a mere 465 minutes of football.
That equates to finding the net 1.35 times for every standard-length match completed.
While it may seem confusing that Cisse could be more lethal than Aguero (at least as far as this season is concerned), those who witnessed his debut campaign in England would not dispute that he has looked very, very special in the past.
He may not be scoring those kind of physics-defying thunderbolts this term, but another part of his game, namely his inner fox in the box, has appeared to take up the slack.
With the confidence engendered by finding the net on such a regular basis, mind-bending efforts like his Stamford Bridge double of 2011/12 may not be too far away once more.