Samuel Eto’o and Arsenal’s Arshavin are most efficient Champions League attackers so far

Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o and Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin are the most efficient attackers in the Champions League so far this season.

Using a unique report generator, we have calculated which attackers have been the best value in terms of minutes played so far in this season’s Champions League. Weighing up the number of goals and assists contributed with the number of minutes played in the competition so far, Samuel Eto’o is the most effective player in the competition so far this term.

The 29-year-old striker has started the season in brilliant form.  He has nine goals for Inter Milan already this campaign, including a hat-trick against Werder Bremen, which has helped propel him to the top of the table.  In the Champions League, Eto’o has scored or contributed an assist every 36 minutes, better than anyone else in Europe.

Cameroon striker Eto’o seems to like the Champions League.  He has won the competition on three occasions and became the only player to retain the trophy, winning the competition with Inter Milan last season, having done the same the previous season at Barcelona.

In second place, just behind Eto’o is Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin .  A double for the Russian in the last round of matches at Partizan Belgrade helped Arsenal to a 3-1 victory and gave the 29-year-old a record in this season’s competition of a goal or an assist every 38 minutes.

In fact, four English-based players make the top seven.  Two spots behind Arshavin is Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka in fourth place, followed directly by Tottenham’s Peter Crouch in fifth place. Both have scored a goal or contributed an assist within every fifty minutes of Champions League football so far.  Crouch’s Spurs team-mate, Rafael Van Der Vaart is in seventh place in the table.  The new darling of White Hart Lane scored twice against Twente in the last round of matches to help secure a 4-1 victory for Tottenham.

The entire report can be seen below. Only those who have played at least 100 minutes in the competition so far were in contention.

Player Team Minutes played Goals Assists Average (Min)
Samuel Eto’o Inter Milan 180 4 1 36.00
Andrey Arshavin Arsenal FC 153 2 2 38.25
Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 120 2 1 40.00
Nicolas Anelka Chelsea FC 180 3 1 45.00
Peter Crouch Tottenham Hotspur 246 4 1 49.20
<Michel Bastos Olympique Lyon 160 3 0 53.33
Rafael Van Der Vaart Tottenham Hotspur 110 1 1 55.00
Dimitris Salpigidis PAOK Saloniki 180 1 2 60.00
Andreas Ulmer RB Salzburg 180 1 2 60.00
Wesley Sneijder Inter Milan 180 2 1 60.00
Zlatan Ibrahimovic AC Milan 180 3 0 60.00
Juan Culio CFR 1907 Cluj 180 0 3 60.00
Mesut Ozil Real Madrid 120 0 2 60.00
Douglas Costa Shakhtar Donetsk 180 1 2 60.00
Alejandro Dominguez Valencia CF 136 0 2 68.00
Marouane Chamakh Arsenal FC 138 2 0 69.00
Roman Pavlyuchenko Tottenham Hotspur 208 3 0 69.33
Giampaolo Pazzini Sampdoria Genoa 210 3 0 70.00
Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur 352 1 4 70.40
Romelu Lukaku RSC Anderlecht 212 3 0 70.67

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