Did Wenger make a mistake signing Mathieu Debuchy over Daryl Janmaat?

Arsene Wenger

Daryl Janmaat replaced Mathieu Debuchy at Newcastle following the Frenchman's move to Arsenal in the summer, but did Arsene Wenger swoop for the wrong full-back?

An eye-catching performer at the summer World Cup, Daryl Janmaat earned his move to Newcastle following a number of solid displays for the Netherlands national side, replacing Mathieu Debuchy, who had recently departed for Arsenal.

Nonetheless, eleven games down the line, and it's fair to suggest Janmaat is outperforming his predecessor. The Dutchman has proven to be one of Newcastle's signings of the summer, playing an integral role in the club's recent spell of brilliant form, while Debuchy has made a less than outstanding start to life at the Emirates.

Below, we use Opta stats, from this season and the last, to decide who has impressed the most. 

In a defensive capacity, it is difficult to call between the duo. While Debuchy has proven more successful in the air, Janmaat is more adept at reading the game and therefore breaking down opposition advances by intercepting the ball. Meanwhile, the pair's tackling statistics are almost identical. 

Both players are renowned for their ability to provide attacking support down the flank, and so far this term, we have seen this more regularly from Janmaat. The Dutchman has already created 10 chances in just 11 appearances, compared to the 23 managed last season by Debuchy, throughout an entire campaign.

Furthermore, the former Feyenoord full-back has already created two goals - with both assists coming in the club's 2-0 victory over West Brom. Debuchy's service let the Magpies down in the past, but Janmaat's arrival seems to have solved this problem.

  TeamKey PassesPass Acc (%)Cross Acc (%)Tackles/ App Blocks/ AppDribbles/ AppIntercept/ AppAppsMins
Daryl Janmaat Newcastle 10 76% 11% 2.27 0.18 0.82 2.45 11 979
Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal 1 80% 0% 2.5 0.25 0.75 1.75 4 351

While playing in a Gunners shirt, Debuchy has failed to assist a single goal this term, fashioning just 0.25 chances per match. Janmaat ranks far above the Frenchman in this department, having played an average of 0.82 key passes in each appearance. 

There’s not much to choose between the duo’s passing ability – Debuchy edges the competition narrowly, having completed 79% of his passes throughout his first four appearances for Arsenal. Nonetheless, in a Newcastle shirt last term, he proved accurate from just 73% of his attempts to find a team-mate.

Alan Pardew looks to have found not just stop-gap, but a top quality right-back to more than adequately fill the boots of Debuchy. With the Frenchman out injured for the foreseeable future, Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger is likely to be left wondering what could have been. 

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