Djourou v Koscielny - Stats comparison between Arsenal loanee and primary centre-back

Johan Djourou

On loan Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has made a very solid start to the season with Hamburg in the Bundesliga.

The versatile Swiss 26-year-old won’t return to the Emirates until next summer and he’s giving himself every chance of getting back into the first team picture at Arsenal, producing consistent and impressive stats in several key areas.

He can play two different defensive positions; right-back and right centre back, but has predominantly appeared in the centre of the German side’s defence creating a great contrast with current Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.

There has been plenty of talk that Arsenal need to make a defensive signing to enhance their squad either this winter or next summer but Djourou is proving he’s perfectly capable of playing alongside the current defenders in the Arsenal squad.

Here is how Djourou and Koscielny square up in terms of the numbers this season.

Appearances

In terms of domestic league football, Koscielny is just ahead of Djourou in terms of appearances having made six starts for the Gunners compared to Djourou’s five for Hamburg.

Discipline

Djourou is yet to be booked for Hamburg this season, which is a tribute to his decision making and timing inside his own final third.

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Koscielny has only been shown one card so far this season which was a red card after he gave away a penalty as the final man. Otherwise he’s not doing too much wrong himself in terms of his aggression and timing.

Passing

Djourou’s passing success rate in Bundesliga football this season is 87.6% compared to Koscielny’s 91.5% in the Premier League. How effective Koscielny is on the ball shouldn’t be a surprise as he often plays the ball out from the back, not always under pressure.

Djourou is ahead of Koscielny in terms of the average number of passes played per game this season. Djourou is on 42 passes per match and Koscielny is on an average of 37.3.

The only area where they are drastically different is long balls, with Djourou producing over double the number of successful long balls per game; 5.2 compared to 2.5.

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Defence

Tackling, interceptions and fouls are three of the main things any defensive player needs to master.

Koscielny is ahead of Djourou in terms of interceptions with three per game compared to 1.6 and he’s also giving away slightly fewer fouls with 1.3 per game on average compared to 1.6. The pair are on the same number for successful tackles per game; 1.2.

Djourou is ahead in all of the other key defensive areas winning more offsides per game, making more clearances and blocking more shots.

Attack

It’s important for any modern day full back to have an attacking edge to his game and Djourou has shown more of a tendency to get forward.

He’s way ahead of Koscielny in terms of dribbling the ball out from the back making 1.1 more dribbles per game on average than the Frenchman.

However, Koscielny has a slightly better average when it comes to giving the ball away and being dispossessed.

What do you make of Djourou’s start to the season? Are you surprised?

What do you make of Djourou’s start to the season? Are you surprised?

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