Stats - Can Liverpool's Flanagan out perform Arsenal's Sagna?

Sagna

Full backs Bacary Sagna and Jon Flanagan will square up when Arsenal travel to Liverpool tomorrow?

Liverpool’s John Flanagan and Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna are likely to line up in the same position this weekend as the Merseyside club host the Gunners in the pick of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures.

It will be fascinating to see how the two right-backs approach the game with a classic case of experience in Sagna against a younger and hungry player in the form of Flanagan.

We’ve taken a look at their stats in several key areas this season, judging where each will have the edge over the course of 90 minutes.

Assists

PlayerClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 2 21 1,800

Sagna has an edge in terms of assists with Flanagan yet to get off the mark in this category. It’s not a major surprise considering Sagna’s greater experience of playing football at Premier League level for several years.

Outfield Blocks

PlayerClubPosOutfielder BlockAppsMins
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 4 21 1,800
Jon Flanagan Liverpool DF 2 9 709

Sagna is also ahead in terms of outfield blocks but he has played a far higher number of minutes this season, which suggests there isn’t a massive difference in this area. They both get into good defensive positions and will make it difficult for the left midfielder to play fluently.

Tackles Won

PlayerClubPosWon TackleAppsMins
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 24 21 1,800
Jon Flanagan Liverpool DF 20 9 709

This area suggests that if Flanagan had played as many minutes as Sagna, he’d probably be ahead in terms of tackles won. He’s clearly a very hungry young player, not afraid to take risks whereas Sagna seems to prefer a more measured approach.

Duels Won

PlayerClubPosDuel WonAppsMins
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 128 21 1,800
Jon Flanagan Liverpool DF 55 9 709

Sagna has won far more duels this season, which can be explained through his experience. He knows all the tricks in the book that wingers and forwards will use to try and get the better of him.

Accurate Passes

PlayerClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 946 21 1,800
Jon Flanagan Liverpool DF 260 9 709

It’s no surprise that Sagna is way out in front in this category. He plays for Arsenal, one of the best passing teams in the Premier League. Flanagan has had to adjust to different defensive positions this season as well as playing alongside different centre backs.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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