Dzeko v Hernandez - Stats comparison between the two Arsenal targets

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Arsenal have been linked with strikers from both Manchester clubs; Javier Hernandez of United and Edin Dzeko of City.

The obvious area of the Arsenal squad that Arsene Wenger needs to improve this winter is the attack.

Olivier Giroud has done a superb job up front on his own but there are still plenty who break out in a sweat every time Giroud hits the deck, doesn’t get straight back up and Nicklas Bendtner is sent out to warm up.

Wenger will be perfectly aware of this and may well have already drawn up a shortlist to present to the powers that be at Arsenal, as he seeks that additional attacking support that could well win the Gunners some silverware over the second half of the season.

Javier Hernandez and Edin Dzeko could well be two players who are targeted. Here’s how they shape up against each other in key statistical areas.

Goals and Assists

It’s no surprise to see that Dzeko is ahead here because he’s played in seven Premier League games compared to Hernandez’ four.

Dzeko has three goals and a single assist so far this season while Chicharito has registered just a single strike in the league.

That suggests that Dzeko is the in form striker, sharper and better suited to slot straight into the Arsenal first team.


Hernandez has a passing success rate but it’s important to remember that he has played in fewer games.

The Mexican is completing 88.9% of passes in the Premier League while Dzeko’s average is down at 81.7%

That suggests that the Mexican is better at protecting the ball and using it more effectively when it comes to interacting with the creative midfield players around him.

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Dzeko is making a significantly higher number of shots per game this season.

He averages 3.1 efforts per goal on average which eclipses the 1.3 produced by Hernandez.

Is that a surprise? To a certain extent it is but they are different strikers and Hernandez is someone who plays on the shoulder of a defence, looking for the midfielders to do most of the work for him.

Defensive Stats

The only area that Hernandez registers any numbers in terms of defence is when he commits fouls; 0.3 per game on average.

That means Dzeko is ahead in terms of tackles, clearances and how he reacts when opposition players dribble against him and take him on.

It suggests that Dzeko is more willing to work hard off the ball which again relates back to the different ways they each play as a striker.


To conclude, either of them would be a great signing but if Arsene Wenger pays attention to the numbers then he’d be more inclined to move for Dzeko before the Manchester United man.

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