This was always going to be a stellar Premier League season. The touchline troupe was expected to grab much of the headlines and it’s fair to say that they haven’t disappointed.
Pep Guardiola’s petulant post-match interviews are only the latest in a string of intriguing stories concerning the coaches in question. The English media has already delighted in the depression of José Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp’s charisma and the tactical nous of one Antonio Conté.
Turning attention to the Premier League strikers however, and it would appear that the headlines may be directed in the wrong direction.
It will come as little surprise that Diego Costa is this season’s top scorer so far. Playing the No. 9 roll at the Premier League leaders is invariably a lucrative position in terms of goalscoring opportunities. His 14 goals give him a one-goal lead over Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sánchez, on 13 each.
However, using a more nuanced metric, there can be no dispute who the Premier League’s leading striker as been.
Olivier Giroud has been grabbing all the headlines recently. His stunning scorpion kick was rightly lauded far and wide last weekend, but it is his goals per minute ratio that should have Arsenal fans most excited.
While he may have only managed six goals this season, that works out at a stunning one goal per 73 minutes played. He’s the only player in the league to have averaged more than a goal a game, and such a ratio certainly leaves top scorer Costa for dead, given the Spaniard has managed a comparatively paltry one goal per 120 minutes of football. Giroud’s Arsenal teammate Sanchez is even worse off, having scored once per 131 minutes played.
Perhaps its time for Arsenal supporters to worry less about his excessive celebration following his midweek equaliser at Bournemouth and begin to realise that, should he be deployed more regularly, Arsenal’s title challenge may take on a much more menacing look.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena
Hat tip: The Sun