Arsene Wenger's most impressive World Cup player - James Rodriguez

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Arsenal boss explains that AS Monaco and Colombia attacker shone most lately, a player who rejected Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

World Cup breakout star James Rodriguez, of Colombia, is the tournament's best player from the Round of 16, asserts Arsene Wenger.

The AS Monaco attacker has been a consistent threat at every stage of the competition, has affected the scoreline in every match through either a goal or assist (or both) and has consequently become embroiled in mass transfer speculation from the European back-pages as multiple media outlets talk-up a big-club move, most likely to Real Madrid.

"I believe that James from Colombia has shown two aspects of talent that you love in the game," said Wenger.

"One individual on the first goal against Uruguay and the second was the conclusion of a collective move from Colombia with a very convincing performance."

He added: "In the last 16, he's the player who shone more than anybody else."

  NationOpponent TouchTotal PassPass AccDribbleChance CreatedAssistShot AccGoalMins
Rodríguez Colombia Greece 90 54 87.0% 5 1 0 50.0 1 90
Rodríguez Colombia Cote d'Ivoire 68 49 69.4% 6 1 0 50.0 1 90
Rodríguez Colombia Japan 41 21 85.7% 5 4 2 33.3 1 45
Rodríguez Colombia Uruguay 52 32 78.1% 1 2 0 66.7% 2 85

There are inconsistencies in Rodriguez's play, though, as his passing accuracy can swing wildly from a low precision rate against Cote d'Ivoire (69% accurate), to his competition high against Greece (87%) - a differential of almost 20%.

In total, he has created eight goal-scoring opportunities for his South American team-mates, two of which have turned into direct assists.

Currently in the frame for the Golden Ball and Golden Boot prizes as the World Cup's best player and top scorer, Rodriguez's Colombia are now tasked with a quarterfinal match against host nation Brazil at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.

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