Manchester City confirmed on Monday evening that their all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero will leave the club at the end of the campaign when his contract expires.
Over his decade in the North West, the Argentine has highlighted himself as one of the most lethal finishers the Premier League has ever seen. This point is captured by the fact that his strike rate of 108.23 minutes per goal since the start of 2011/12 season is the best of any player during that time.
Not just a great goalscorer, but he’ll also depart from the Etihad a serial winner having scooped up four Premier League titles, the FA Cup and five League Cups, a haul he’s sure to add to between now and the end of the season.
The fact that he’ll be available for free in the summer has put a number of clubs from across Europe on high alert, and Arsenal could well be within that group of interested parties. Mikel Arteta has of course worked with the forward and he could well see him as a good short-term boost to his side’s attack next season, although he poured cold water on rumours linking Aguero with Arsenal on Thursday.
Yet, at 32, soon to be 33, is he a player worth making a move for with his best years behind him?
Certainly a fit and available Aguero is an addition to any attack. Across the course of the past six seasons, a span of years in which he was considered in his prime, the striker netted an impressive 103 league goals from an xG total of 94.71.
That total breaks down to a high 0.8 goals per 90, however, even at 31, he was able to better that average last season, with his 16 league strikes averaging out at an even higher 0.92 goals per 90.
This highlights how even despite entering the twilight of his career, the City man still remains as sharp as ever in front of goal.
There is one growing problem for the forward though, and one any interested club would need to consider before making a move.
As illustrated above, Aguero’s general availability has started to rapidly decline as a result of recurring injuries and subsequent fitness issues. His combined total of 1771 league minutes across this season and the last is fewer than he managed in the 2018/19 campaign alone.
His fitness problems have been at their worst this season where he’s started just five of City’s 38 Premier League and Champions League games. As a result, he has contributed to only three goals.
The risk from an Arsenal perspective then is whether they can keep the Argentine fit for an extended period and warrant the high wages it’d likely cost to land his signature.
Yet, if they can, then there’s little doubt that he can still have a positive impact on the team’s goal return should he arrive at the Emirates.