Stats: Is this the one Chelsea player Arsenal fans wish they had?

Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic excelled against the Gunners but would he be the best fit at Arsenal despite the attacking threat of Costa and Cesc?

Matic versus Arsenal

One of the players who performed so admirably for Chelsea against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday is, perhaps ironically, the exact specialist midfielder Arsene Wenger should have recruited during the summer transfer window.

All too often have Arsenal been exposed in the middle of the park. Mikel Arteta has been a bogus choice for the Gunners captaincy as he is neither a leader figure now a viable solution as a holding midfielder when it comes to combating against the elite in the division and in Europe.

The Gunners continually concede the same type of goals as Steven Naismith, Sergio Aguero, Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have all capitalised on counter attack and/or one-on-one scenarios at various points for Everton, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund this season and in each case, a more specialist defensive-minded protector of the defence could have been a preferable option in Wenger's midfield.

Would Arsenal have been better off with one of Chelsea's most unheralded stars?

 2014-15 Premier League Ball Recovery / appsDuel Won / appsTackle / appsIntercept / appsMins / Goal ConcededClean SheetTouches / appsPass AccAppsMins
Nemanja Matic 7.86 6.14 3.14 1.71 90.00 3 78.86 87.50 7 630

Predatory strike animal Diego Costa, creative fulcrum Cesc Fabregas and Blue poster boy Eden Hazard may all be sexier to base articles around, but Matic is rarely discussed even though his contributions are arguably just as influential to the scoreline - particularly when it comes to goals conceded or clean sheets.

Against Arsenal, Matic recovered the ball eight times, won four duels, tackled an Arsenal player once, intercepted the ball twice, received a touch on the football 69 times and was accurate with 84% of his passes.

His effectiveness in anchoring the midfield ensured Chelsea kept a clean sheet and his individual statistics from the Gunners game almost mirror his average statistics from the season to date (see above).

Chelsea bought David Luiz from Benfica for £21 million plus Matic in 2011, before buying the Serbian stopper back in January, this year, for £21 million in a price that many questioned due to it's apparent exorbitant nature.

However… has it turned out to be money well spent?

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