Is Sevilla star the answer to Arsenal's defensive midfield problems?

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How does Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak compare to Arsene Wenger's current options?

Grzegorz Krychowiak only joined Sevilla over the summer, but he could now be set for a switch to the Premier League, according to reports this week. 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for reinforcements in defensive midfield, and the Polish international fits the bill after having impressed throughout the first months of his debut season in La Liga.

Should he make the switch to the Emirates, Krychowiak would be expected to replace the ageing Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, both of whom - now in their thirties - are past their peak level of performance. 

Below we look at the each players’ statistics from the current domestic season, courtesy of Opta, to decide if the Sevilla star would be an improvement on Wenger's current defensive midfield players. 

  TeamChances Created / AppPasses / appsPass Acc (%)Tackle / AppAerial Won / AppInterception / AppDribbles / AppAppsMins
Mikel Arteta Arsenal 0.40 61.80 94.17 1.20 1.20 0.60 0 5 297
Mathieu Flamini Arsenal 0.29 56.14 93.13 2.57 1.00 2.71 0.29 7 574
Grzegorz Krychowiak Sevilla 0.22 45.00 80.00 2.57 3.56 3.44 0.56 9 730

The Poland international is phenomenal in the tackle, winning the joint-highest number of challenges per match this season, while he is also superior in the air, having won three times the number of headers managed by Arteta and Flamini. 

He has also proven adept when evaluating his ability to read the game. He has averaged over three interceptions per match; a total greater than that of Wenger's current options. This awareness would prove a valuable asset to the French head coach, who is clearly seeking the perfect balance between attack and defence in his star-studded midfield.

However, while not the most important trait for a defensive midfield player, he has created fewer goal scoring opportunities than the Arsenal duo, while registering fewer passes (per app). His pass completion rate is also inferior to both, yet he is significantly more successful when it comes to dribbling.

He has turned in a string of impressive displays in La Liga, but questions will remain regarding his ability. Passing aside, he is outperforming the Frenchman's current options, but his preparedness to star at the heart of the Gunners' midfield will fall under heavy scrutiny.

At just 24 years of age, Krychowiak is a player who could grow into his role at the Emirates. Nonetheless, Wenger needs a quick fix for his side's current defensive midfield frailties.

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