Stats: Could Sagna’s replacement at Arsenal be Calum Chambers?

The North London side has been linked with a move for the Southampton star today in The Telegraph – but how does he compare to the incumbent?

Bacary Sagna’s contract situation is no closer to being sorted out, with the nervy Emirates Stadium faithful starting to feel like the Frenchman is set for a Gunners exit.

With Manchester City reportedly eyeing up the full-back, Arsene Wenger will have a number of alternatives and replacements in his thoughts.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Southampton teenage sensation Calum Chambers of late, with the youngster making the right-back spot his own at St Mary’s and impressing.

However, looking at the stats, is Chambers ready to take over from one of the most experienced and best right-backs in English football at Arsenal?

  TeamPosError Lead To Goal / appsOutfielder Block / appsBlocked Cross / appsWon Tackle / appsDuel Won / appsInterception Won / appsAppsMins
Calum Chambers Southampton MF 0 0.24 0.33 1.81 5.38 1.67 21 1,631
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 0 0.19 0.66 1.31 6.06 1.53 32 2,790

The table above shows the defensive stats between the pair on average per game played.

Neither player has made an error this season that has led to an opposition goal, in a testament to their ability.

The other stats are relatively close. Chambers blocks more shots than the France international and has also successfully won more tackles and made more interceptions per game than the Gunner.

Sagna has better stats in blocking opposition crosses and also wins more personal duels over possession than his potential replacement – but all-in-all the pair seem evenly matched defensively.

But what about on the front foot – what do the stats say about their respective attacking attributes?

  TeamPosGoal AssistTotal Att Assist / appsAccurate Cross / appsAccurate Pass / appsAppsMins
Bacary Sagna Arsenal DF 2 0.56 0.53 44.56 32 2,790
Calum Chambers Southampton MF 0 0.57 0.86 32.29 21 1,631

Although Sagna’s contribution going forward is important to Arsenal, there is little difference in his stats with Chambers in reality.

The Frenchman has contributed two assists this term, while the Southampton starlet is yet to set up any goals for his team-mates.

That said, Chambers creates slightly more shooting opportunities for team-mates than Sagna and also has on average more accurate crosses.

Sagna makes twelve more successful accurate passes per game on average, however.

Overall, there is little to choose between master and apprentice, with each player having better stats in specific areas.

This is a showcase of just how impressive Chambers has been for Southampton and indicates that the youngster has all the potential and ability to replace Sagna at Arsenal should the long-serving defender leave in the summer.

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