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How Good Is: Arsenal and Fulham Target Pablo Osvaldo

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013 by Araz Heydariyehzadeh

Pabolo Osvaldo is being touted as a a possible Arsenal and Fulham signing, most likely to be used in a makeweight in a deal that would see Gervinho go the other way to Roma.

Osvaldo: World Top 100 Attacker
Osvaldo's over all career record does not look all that formidable and may make you think that he would be more suited to Fulham than Arsenal, but that would be ignoring one very big factor. Last season was the finest in his career and on par with the top 20 strikers in the world let alone the top 100. His career stats are hampered by a poor first 3 or 4 season which don't truly reflect how good he is today. At 27 he could just be reaching his peak which means he may be capable of reproducing those numbers again.

League Record
Osvaldo has spent time on both La Liga and Serie A. He was more than handy for Espanyol scoring 20 times and creating 4 assists in 44 appearances giving him a goal contributed for every 131, only slight worse than Tottenham target Soldado.

That record was good enough to see him move back to Italy, this time to Roma where he continued with 2 more decent seasons, the most recent of which saw him hit 16 goals and 2 assists in 29 appearances (129 minutes per goal contributed). That means he has sustained a string record for 4 consecutive seasons and could be a steady performer.

Champions League
Osvaldo has made just 3 Champions League appearances, failing to score in any of them. He has also made a dozen appearances at Europa league level but again failed to produce the goods. He may not have the pedigree for that level of football but it would be unfair not to mention the fact that he hasn't appeared in the Champions league since he started hitting his stride at Espanyol and may well be capable of better performances at a team like Arsenal.

International
His excellent performances last season also saw him break in to the Italy squad, with prolific results. His 4 appearances in Italy's World Cup Qualification group produced 3 goals which, giving him a goal for every 97 minutes of game time. That is an outstanding record for international level and may reflect is current level of form more than his overall stats, but he'll need to sustain that quality for far longer if he wants to be considered a genuine top 100 attacker.

Our Rating
Osvaldo would rank just outside of the top 100 attackers in the world based on his over all career numbers but he has come to prominence over the past 3 seasons and consistently produced a good level of performance, culminating in his exceptional 2012/13 season for Roma which is good enough to push him in to the top 100 with a goal contributed for every 129 minutes of game time and he would certainly make an excellent back up to the main striker at Arsenal or as the main striker at Fulham.


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