Stats: Gunning for Mathieu Debuchy but does he even compare to Aurier?

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Arsenal are linked with Cote d'Ivoire full back Serge Aurier and Newcastle United and France defender Mathieu Debuchy - who is performing best at World Cup?

A servant at Arsenal for seven years, reliable right back Bacary Sagna now vies for the primary first team role with Pablo Zabaleta at Manchester City leaving his erstwhile manager Arsene Wenger on the prowl for a replacement in the summer market.

Two of his potential targets are on show at the World Cup tournament - Newcastle United star Mathieu Debuchy of France and Toulouse FC defender Serge Aurier, who reps Cote d'Ivoire - but who is out-performing who in Brazil?

Attacking actions in World Cup

  NationTouch /AppPass AccDribble /AppCross AccChance CreatedAssistAppMin
Debuchy France 70.00 75.3% 2.50 22.2% 0 0 2 180
Aurier Côte d'Ivoire 67.67 85.4% 2.67 20.0% 4 2 3 270

When it comes to the attacking end of the pitch, Aurier has the upper-hand. Whilst the two receive a similar amount of touches on the ball on a per game basis, the Ivorian has a far superior passer of the football, is marginally greater when it comes to probing runs and is more prolific when it comes to creating goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates.

He supplied both goals for the Cote d'Ivoire's 2-1 triumph over Japan, his crossing confounded the Greeks and was confident in possession against Colombia.

Defensive actions in World Cup

  TeamClean SheetHuman ErrorsGoals Conceded /AppTackle /AppBlock /AppIntercept /AppClear /AppDuel WonAppMin
Debuchy France 1 0 1.00 4.50 0.50 2.00 1.00 8.50 2 180
Aurier Côte d'Ivoire 0 0 1.67 2.67 0.33 3.00 2.67 7.33 3 270

When it comes to defensive actions, though, Debuchy has the edge.

The Frenchman was part of a Les Bleus backline that kept a clean sheet, was more proactive in the tackle and the block and also came out on top in one-on-one dueling.

Manager Didier Dechamps placed Debuchy ahead of Sagna for the first two matches but the latter started the Ecuador game and was part of a line-up that kept the score tied at 0-0.

Whilst Debuchy may be statistically more on point defensively, on the pitch he demonstrated an ability to contribute to attacks - a vital commodity for the way in which Arsenal play, without natural wingers (aside from Theo Walcott).

Debuchy's runs against Honduras helped provide openings for their attackers, whilst his width was vital against the Swiss.

Ultimately, there is one option safer than the other, with Debuchy having much Premier League experience with the Magpies. Normally, that would mean a greater price-tag, but the Frenchman has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £8.8 million while Aurier has a market value of £5.6 million.

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