Online betting site BetStars has carried out statistical research to identify the position the Premier League’s top clubs are weakest in, and the player they should subsequently target in the January transfer window.
Arsenal have been in need of a top quality defensive midfielder for a number of years, with players such as Francis Coquelin and more recently Granit Xhaka failing to excel at the Emirates. Research shows that Arsenal have made 34 defensive mistakes leading to chances since the start of last season, more than any other of the so-called ‘top six’ clubs.
A transfer matching system, which applies a statistical algorithm to extensive match performance data, has determined which defensive midfielders the Gunners could look to recruit to replace their current incumbents.
Roma’s Radja Nainggolan tops the list of potential candidates, achieving a stunning 83.9% transfer match based on a number of factors, including the number of defensive errors leading to a chance (per 90 minutes) alongside other indicators such as their age relative to the peak playing age for that position, the relative status of their club and percentage of possible league minutes played.
The Belgian is priced at 4/1 with BetStars to join the Gunners in January, alongside Morgan Sanson of Marseille, however he achieved a lower transfer rating than Nainggolan at 76.8%.
Dani Parejo, Jordan Veretout and Koke made up the top five candidates based on the research, all of whom achieved transfer percentage ratings in the low 70s. Parejo is at 6/1 to leave Valencia for Arsenal in the transfer window, followed by Veretout at 7/1 and finally Koke at 8/1, putting these three targets behind Sanson and Nainggolan on both likelihood of transfer and suitability.
Arsenal January transfer targets
Radja Nainggolan (Roma) 4/1
Morgan Sanson (Marseille) 4/1
Dani Parejo (Valencia) 6/1
Jordan Veretout (Fiorentina) 7/1
Koke (Atletico Madrid) 8/1
We have already been linked with Steven N’Zonzi and Leon Goretzka. but who you think we should get?