Ranking Arsenal’s top 10 scorers under Arsene Wenger by goals per game
Olivier Giroud’s brace against Huddersfield took him past Dennis Bergkamp to become the fourth highest Arsenal goalscorer under Arsene Wenger.
Giroud came off the bench to score twice in Arsenal’s 5-0 victory over the Terriers, taking his tally in all competitions to 103 goals for the club.
Despite attracting plenty of critics throughout his five years in north London, only three players have scored more goals for the Gunners since Wenger became manager in 1996.
But how prolific has the France international been in comparison to his peers?
We’ve take a look at the top 10’s goals per game record to see who comes out on top.
103 – Olivier Giroud is now Arsenal's 4th highest goalscorer under Arsene Wenger, overtaking Dennis Bergkamp on 102. Elite. pic.twitter.com/qJqupZ07Xj
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 30, 2017
Cesc Fabregas – 0.19 goals per game
A reminder: Fabregas was still just 24 when he left Arsenal, who he had captained for three years, for Barcelona. He is very, very special.
Freddie Ljungberg – 0.23 goals per game
This is the problem with the stats, they just can’t explain the glory of a red stripe down the middle of your hair.
Dennis Bergkamp – 0.27 goals per game
This is the problem with the stats, they just can’t explain an absolute footballing genius.
Theo Walcott – 0.27 goals per game
Arsenal’s current longest serving player and the highest goalscorer under Wenger to remain at the club, which probably says all you need to know about the past decade at the Emirates.
Robert Pires – 0.3 goals per game
Just watch a compilation of Pires’ goals for Arsenal. Go on. Stop what you’re doing right now and head to YouTube. It’s utterly gorgeous.
We’ll even forgive him for that facial hair.
Olivier Giroud – 0.42 goals per game
A much-maligned figure over the years, but it’s hard to argue the striker has not been an extremely useful servant to the club and also a very handsome man.
Emmanuel Adebayor – 0.44 goals per game
For a short while an absolutely excellent striker. Then it all went wrong. Funny, but wrong.
Robin van Persie – 0.47 goals per game
Wenger is likely to rue that he only got to see Van Persie at his peak and injury free for one season at Arsenal before Manchester United promptly made the Dutchman a title winner.
Alexis Sanchez – 0.49 goals per game
While some Arsenal fans and pundits may try and convince you Sanchez isn’t actually that important to the club as he heads for the exit, they’re clearly talking nonsense.
Thierry Henry – 0.6 goals per game
The absolute don, what else can you say?
Henry jumps over a slide tackle without even looking, genius. pic.twitter.com/61BrvDNPxW
— Dammit Arsenal🤦 (@DammitArsenal) November 29, 2017