Potential Arsenal Targets by AH
As we are on the lookout for a new midfielder since the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona, I thought I would take a look at the statistics of three of our defensive midfield transfer targets.
The three players I will be comparing are;
Yann M’Vila, a French international, who currently plays for Stade Rennes in the French first division. The defensive midfielder, has been linked with a move to Arsenal all summer and the departure of Song, has made it ever more likely. Rennes reportedly want £12 million for M’Vila.
Étienne Capoue, a French player, who has made one appearance for the senior national team. The tall midfielder (standing at 6 foot 2 inches/ 189cms), plays for Ligue 1 side Toulouse. Capoue is rated at around £7 million.
Cheick Tioté, a defensive midfielder for Barclays Premier League side Newcastle United. The Ivorian is well known for his tough tackling and fierce shot at goal. Aged 26, he is more experienced than the others and after playing in England for two years now, he is more than capable of playing at the top level. Newcastle would only consider offers in the £20m+ region, making the deal the least likely of all of them.
Now to take a look at their statistics from last season;
Tackles per game:
M’Vila 3.1 / Tiote 2.8 / Capoue 2.8
Interceptions per game:
Capoue 3.5 / M’Vila 2.5 / Tiote 2.5
Clearances per game:
Capoue 3 / M’Vila 1.7 / Tiote 1.4
Key passes per game:
M’Vila 1.1 / Capoue 0.9 / Tiote 0.5
Passes per game:
M’Vila 71.8 / Capoue 60.5 / Tiote 58.4
Pass success percentage:
M’Vila 83.2% / Tiote 83.2% / Capoue 76.5%
So after some simple maths, the stats show that M’Vila has a total of 163.4, Tioté has 148.8 and Capoue has 147.2.
So, M’Vila has the most impressive stats and although stats don’t mean everything, M’Vila certainly suits our style the best. He’s a quick passer, good defensively and is happy to sit back and defend whilst others around him attack (something Song seemed incapable of). So let’s hope that Wenger gets out his cheque book and sign M’Vila up before the transfer window closes.