Head to Head: Lacazette vs. Morata
Ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Chelsea this weekend, Oulala.com compare how new strikers, Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette, have begun life in the Premier League.
Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette are now four games into their Premier League careers as Chelsea and Arsenal come head-to-head at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The strikers arrived in the Premier League as record transfers for their clubs in the summer as Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid for £65 million, while Lacazette moved from Lyon to Arsenal for £52 million.
With the pair set to face each other this weekend, we have taken a look at how both strikers have started in the Premier League for their new sides.
Morata has played seven more league minutes than Lacazette, registering three goals and two assists compared to the Frenchman’s two strikes.
This has led to the Spaniard being directly involved in a goal or an assist, on average, every 55.6 minutes. Lacazette has taken an average of 135.5 minutes to do the same.
Morata’s underlying stats also dominate Lacazette’s on a per game basis, registering more key passes (1.5 to 1.3), winning more aerial duels (1.5 to 0.8) and recording more shots (3.5 to 1.5).
However Lacazette has attempted (and successfully completed) more dribbles (1 to 0) per match.
So what does this tell us? Lacazette has arguably suffered from a lack of supply from his teammates as well as Chelsea being in much better form than Arsenal. However I think the crucial difference is in the style of play. Morata’s goals have all come from his head and his role in the Chelsea team is much more akin to Olivier Giroud’s role for Arsenal.
Lacazette has joined Arsenal as more of an out and out goalscorer than a link-up/target man. He has certainly been more clinical than Morata, converting 30 per cent of his chances compared to 21 per cent from the Chelsea striker.
However, with Chelsea and Arsenal spending well over £100 million on the forwards, Morata and Lacazette will be expected to provide the ammunition in what could be a goalfest.
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