More accurate than Fabregas, more touches than Messi - Kroos to start against Arsenal?

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Manchester United transfer target Toni Kroos threw down a great claim to start this week's Champions League game against Arsenal.

Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos produced a superb performance for the German champions as they strolled to a 4-0 win against Freiburg yesterday.

Kroos has recently seen himself confined to the subs bench in the Bundesliga but he responded superbly with a better passing accuracy in yesterday’s game than Cesc Fabregas managed for Barcelona in their 6-0 win against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga (91% compared to 90).

He also had more touches (98) of the ball than Sergio Busquets (75) or Lionel Messi (66) managed in that game to send out a big message to Pep Guardiola ahead of this week’s Champions League game against Arsenal.

The main side that have been linked with a summer swoop for Kroos is Manchester United and his basic passing and touch stats yesterday are further evidence over why he’d be a good investment for the Old Trafford side.

Kroos also produced an assist for one of Xherdan Shaqiri’s goals and has thrown his hat into the ring to start against the Gunners.

The problem Guardiola has is that Kroos is throwing down a perfectly good claim to start the match ahead of the likes of Thiago, Mario Gotze, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger to name just a few talented.

Kroos also played very well at Arsenal last year, scoring what turned out to be a decisive goal in the tie after Arsenal played well to win away at Bayern Munich in the second leg, losing the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

His future at the German and European champions will most likely centre around his involvement in the bigger games for the club.

He’s responded to being dropped superbly, which tends to suggest that if he’s dropped again based on superb form, it’s a huge indication of the way Guardiola is thinking and the likeliness of him leaving in the summer will increase.

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