Premier League

Arsenal’s attacking trio ranks among the best in Europe according to staggering stat

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Neymar

Arsenal ended the previous season with just two players in double digits for Premier League goals. Yet, with 11 games of the current campaign still to go, the Gunners boast as many as three individuals with ten or more top-flight goals.

Gabriel Martinelli (12 league goals), Bukayo Saka (ten) and Martin Odegaard (ten) have offered Arsenal three reliable routes to goal during their title charge this year.

To put into context how impressive that feat is at such an early stage of the season, only one other club in Europe’s top ten leagues can boast as many prolific goal-getters (per Opta).

Paris Saint-Germain‘s feared and feted attacking triumvirate of Kylian Mbappe (19 league goals), Lionel Messi (13) and Neymar (13) are the only other trio in elite European competition that can match Arsenal’s goal spread.

Mbappe and Messi finished first and second in FIFA’s Best Awards for 2022 with Neymar rounding out the trio in ninth. No Arsenal player was present on the 14-man shortlist announced in January.

For Arsenal’s considerably younger trio, this is uncharted territory. Odegaard’s best league return before the current campaign was eight goals while on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem while Martinelli had never notched more than six in a single league campaign.

Saka, admittedly, finished as Arsenal‘s top scorer with 11 in the top flight last year but by hitting double digits again this term, the 21-year-old has become the youngest Arsenal player to ever score ten or more Premier League goals in consecutive seasons.

Since breaking into Monaco’s first-team squad as a precocious 17-year-old, Mbappe has scored at least 13 league goals in each of the last seven years. Neymar has hit double digits in seven of the previous eight top-flight campaigns while Messi had a run of 15 consecutive goal-laden seasons curtailed by just six strikes in his debut Ligue 1 season. Normal service has resumed this term.

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Neymar

Neymar (left), Kylian Mbappe (middle) and Lionel Messi have scored 66% of PSG’s Ligue 1 goals this season / Tim Clayton – Corbis/GettyImages

Neymar will not be able to add to his tally this season after suffering a campaign-ending ankle injury last month. Arsenal, by contrast, may be able to include…

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