According to various reports and sources, Arsenal are interested in Fiorentina’s talisman, Stevan Jovetic. The versatile Montenegrin has been in hot form for La Viola, scoring 26 league goals in his last 51 games with Arsenal ready to invest around £20m in the 23 year old, Serie A star – a fee which would smash the Gunners’ transfer record.
But would Jovetic fit at Arsenal? Let’s take a look:
This season, Jovetic has played in 24 league games, having scored 12 goals – a goal every other game. His shooting ability isn’t bad at all for a support striker with a 49% shot accuracy – nearly a shot on goal ever other shot and just slightly superior than Olivier Giroud’s (47%.) Another thing to note is that only 5 other players from Serie A have scored more than Jovetic this season.
Jovetic has created 48 chances in 24 games this season – 4 of which have led to assists. It’s clear he’s a creative player, averaging 2 chances made per league game this season and would be ideal ‘in the hole’ for Arsenal’s system. Santi Cazorla currently plays there and while the Spaniard has been more creative this season, Jovetic is a better and more efficient finisher and would provide more of an attacking threat behind Giroud. With Jovetic’s versatility, he could also interchange with the likes of Cazorla and Walcott.
Would need to improve his passing
As good as Jovetic is, he needs to improve his passing. A 78% average passing accuracy isn’t bad but at Arsenal, it would need to improve given the style of the Gunners. In contrast, Cazorla averages an 87.6% pass accuracy but the Montenegrin would certainly improve it as Arsenal average the most possession in England.
Ideal formation with Jovetic in the team
To conclude, Jovetic would be a good signing for Arsenal – he’s worth his price tag, he’s very experienced for a 23-year-old and can only improve under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. If things go Arsenal’s way, a trophy can be on the way soon and with Arsenal reportedly viewing Jovetic as similar both with regards to potential and style to former captain, Robin van Persie, the Gunners could have quite the player who will no doubt, improve the current team.
By Abhinav Kini