How Arsenal target Rabiot compares to Arteta and Flamini

Reported Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot could be on the move in January.

A fresh new twist in the Adrien Rabiot transfer saga occurred over the weekend as Paris Saint-Germain reportedly offered him a new deal which includes a loan move abroad in January.

The French U21 international was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer and rumours intensified after the defensive midfielder refused to extend his contract.

The 19-year-old’s current deal runs out next summer and Les Parisiens are hoping to avoid losing him on a free – prompting a number of possible scenarios.

According to Sky Sports Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the latest developments are that PSG have offered him a new deal with the promise of going out on loan in January.

“The confirmed news of the day is that Rabiot’s family is evaluating an offer from PSG: a contract for three and half years with a loan to a European team, not Italian, so he can play regularly starting in January. There is a lot of pressure on Rabiot to agree to the deal but the decision hasn’t been made yet.” The report states.

Described as a tough-tackling defensive midfielder with a wide range of passing, Rabiot has long seemed the ideal candidate to freshen up the Gunners’ midfield.

Both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini currently occupy a similar role at the Emirates, but how do the experienced pros compare against the talented youngster?

  TeamPosWon Tackle / appsInterception Won / appsEffective Clearance / appsAccurate Pass / appsPass CompletionAppsMins
Mikel Arteta Arsenal MF 2.29 2.03 1.74 63.94 92% 31 2,407
Mathieu Flamini Arsenal MF 0.93 1.44 1.85 38.11 91% 27 1,604
Adrien Rabiot PSG MF 1.5 1.2 0.7 34.5 90% 24 1,113

According to the table of results from the 2013/14 season provided by Opta Stats, each midfielder excelled in certain categories.

PSG's young midfielder won on average 1.5 tackles per game, more than Flamini but less than Spaniard Mikel Arteta. In effective clearances and interceptions, the Arsenal duo come out on top though one has to take into account that the French giants naturally attacked far more given their Ligue 1 dominance.

Rabiot's passing skills were also impressive for his age, racking up a 90% completion rate and averaging 34.5 passes per game, though both accounts were lower than the Wenger's men.

His ability is evident due to his involvement with PSG at such a young age, and it's highly plausible to suggest that at his age he appears a far more developed player than Arteta and Flamini.

With Wenger's ability to develop young players and nurture their natural talents, signing such a promising player in a vitally critical area of the pitch is presumably an obvious choice and if they can get him for a bargain price then all the better.

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