Aurier or Isla? Who’s the ideal right-back for the Gunners?

Bacary Sagna’s Arsenal departure has left a significant void in the right-back position at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of potential replacements for the Frenchman prior to the summer transfer window, with Toulouse’s Serge Aurier and Juventus’ Mauricio Isla both touted as his successor.

Aurier has been heavily linked with a move to North London in recent weeks, with the Daily Star even reporting personal terms have been agreed with Arsenal. At this present moment, he looks the most likely to replace Sagna.

Mauricio Isla, on the other hand, is happy to stay with his current club, providing they still require his services. Having said this, it is no secret that Juventus are keen to offload a few names in order to compensate for the increased wage demands of midfield wunderkind, Paul Pogba. If the Gunners were to make a realistic bid, the Old Lady could prove open to negotiations.

Both are currently featuring for their respective nations in the summer World Cup, with Isla starring for Chile in Group B and Aurier for the Ivory Coast in Group C. Below we look at the two players’ tournament statistics, courtesy of Opta, to decide who would be the better option.

  TeamPosGoalsAssistOntarget Scoring AttPass Acc (%)Dribble Succ (%)Cross Acc (%)AppsMins
Serge Aurier Côte d'Ivoire DF 0 2 1 85.42 75.00 20.00 3 270
Mauricio Isla Chile DF 0 0 0 77.62 100.00 0.00 3 270

The duo both love to push forward in attack and this is where their main strengths lie.

Aurier has arguably enjoyed the more fruitful World Cup campaign down the right-hand side, proving himself an impressive force for the Ivorians. Versus the Japanese he provided two fantastic assists, both within moments of each other, to set up Wilfried Bony and Gervinho. The youngster has provided an impressive 20 crosses throughout his time in Brazil, four of which have found the intended target.

Isla has been less successful in an attacking sense. He has completed 100% of his attempted dribbles - a statistic superior to the Ivorian - yet he’s had a lesser impact for the Chilean’s in terms of chance creation. Based on attempts at goal, neither player has had much of an opportunity to earn his stripes.

  TeamPosDuel Won / appsTackle Succ (%)Interception Won / appsTotal Clearance / appsOutfielder Block / appsAppsMins
Serge Aurier Côte d'Ivoire DF 7.33 87.50 3.00 2.67 0.33 3 270
Mauricio Isla Chile DF 4.00 80.00 1.33 1.00 1.00 3 270

The Ivorian triumphs again in defence, averaging just over seven successful duels per match. He has won an outstanding 87.50 of his attempted tackles, whilst completing a far greater number of interceptions and clearances in comparison to Isla. The Chilean trumps his junior in terms of the number of blocks made per match, but this does little to even the scores.

Aurier takes the plaudits in terms of both his attacking and defensive traits. At 21 years of age he still has a long way to go in terms of his development. Nonetheless, under Arsene Wenger he will receive all the experience and guidance needed to excel. His ability alongside his love for the Gunners could make him the perfect signing.

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