Where Arsenal target 'in talks' is better than Messi and Suarez

Messi in Barcelona away shirt

Arsenal target Julian Draxler has been in fine form in the Bundesliga…

The 20-year-old Schalke attacker has scored five goals and made eight assists in all competitions and is expected to make the flight to Brazil this summer with the German national team after making his senior debut last year.

The youngster has reportedly been the subject of a £24.7 million bid from the Gunners ahead of Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline but should the North Londoners find a way to bring the German to the Emirates this week, they’ll be acquiring a signing who is statistically better than both Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez at dribbling.

Draxler has sensationally gone past a player of the opposition every 16.5 minutes this season for Schalke so far, averaging 5.1 successful dribbles per league game.

Not only does that exceed the 2.8 successful dribbles per game of Liverpool’s forward Luis Suarez, widely regarded as the most technically gifted player in the English Premier League but also exceeds the dribbling success rate of four time Ballon d’Or winner and four time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi who completes 4.4 successful dribbles per game in La Liga.

The youngster’s record on the ball is quite extraordinary and at such a young age rather baffling to consider – not only does he attempt more take-ons (dribbles) per game and over the season so far but he actually retains a higher percentage of success than Suarez.

Draxler has attempted 104 take-ons this term and successfully gone past his man 72 times, representing a 69.2% success rate. Suarez has completed 51 take-ons out of an attempted 86 which makes his success rate 59.3% and Messi has succeeded 62 times out of his 80 attempted dribbles. Messi has a higher percentage of success with 77.5% - he is disposed far less and this term only on 18 occasions out of his 80 attempted take-ons in Spain.

However, Draxler holds a higher pass completion rate than the Argentina star – the German youngster has completed 84.8% of his passes this term to Messi’s 83.6% and Suarez falls behind them both with an 76.2% pass completion rate in the Premier League.

If Arsenal can get their man this week, the stats say they’ll be getting their money’s worth even if they have to pay his £37 million release clause this summer, as they may well be bring the next Golden Boot winner to the Emirates and potentially even a future Ballon d’Or winner.

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