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90% pass accuracy: Can Arsenal target emulate Emmanuel Petit?

We take a look at the statistics behind Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot ahead of fresh reports in France.

According to FranceFootball, Arsenal are interested in signing 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain defensive midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French under-21 international could be the natural replacement to Spaniard Mikel Arteta as Arsene Wenger looks to bring in fresh blood in order to spark another fight for the title. Although Arteta has been consummate professional during his time at Arsenal, at 32 and entering the last year of his contract, the former Toffee star is likely to be the one that makes way for the young talent.

Nevertheless, the 6ft 2in midfielder is a player that will still be developing and if he was to sign Wenger would, ideally, look to use him as a bit-part player next season in order to break him in gently.

Due to the midfielder's height and style, if he was to sign, it wouldn't be long before comparisons are made with former Gooner Emmanuel Petit - a player that is, still to this day, admired by Arsenal fans who fondly remember his immense partnership with Patrick Vieira.

The key statistics behind the young French midfielder's performances paint an image of what Arsenal are likely to get. Which, if you factor in his age, is incredibly impressive.

Last season, Rabiot played 1,543 minutes of football for Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 and Champions League competitions. In that time, he attempted 1,109 passes with an incredible accuracy of 90.4% - which equates to, roughly, 1,003 accurate passes in 1,543 minutes of football. A statistic similar to Steven Gerrard at Liverpool.

Aside from his obvious passing qualities, he is also a player that can read the game well and put his foot in when he needed. A trait that Arsene Wenger will no doubt look to embrace if he signs him.

Due to the player's potential, it is hard to envisage Paris Saint-Germain completely letting go of their academy product, but if they do, Arsenal will do very well to ensure they're first in line for his services.

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