Welbeck vs Destro: Would the Roma forward be an upgrade for Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger

Roma's Mattia Destro has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent days, but how does the Italian international compare to current first-team striker Danny Welbeck?

According to reports in Italy, Arsenal have opened informal negotiations with AS Roma over a move for striker Mattia Destro. The Italian had been linked with the North London outfit during the summer but a move ultimately failed to materialise. 

Mattias Destro has been handed just five starts in Serie A this season, yet he still has four goals to his name. In 20 appearances last term, he managed 13 successful strikes, seeing him finish the campaign as Roma's top domestic scorer.

He recently admitted he would consider leaving Roma, a statement he could further pursue if his lack of game time persists. 

Danny Welbeck has scored two goals in eight appearances since his high profile switch to Arsenal at the end of the summer window - by no means a miraculous total - and this could leave Wenger seeking further attacking reinforcements.

When the duo's statistics are further compared, the Italian international emerges as the more prolific striker, as one would perhaps expect.

The Italian has found the target from 77% of his 16 attempts this term - Welbeck has been accurate from 47% of 26 - while he has converted an impressive 37.1% of his total chances. Meanwhile, the Arsenal man has finished just 10.5% of his opportunities. 

In terms of creativity, however, Welbeck reigns superior. He may be scoring less than hoped for, yet he continues to contribute in the final third. He has fashioned 14 key passes this term, assisting two goals. 

Destro, on the other hand, has created just one goal scoring opportunity in his 10 appearances - a rate of 0.1 chances created per game; compared to Welbeck's 1.75. This is quite a difference.

  TeamGoalsShotsKey PassesPass Succ (%)Dribble Succ (%)Aerial Succ (%)Tackle Succ (%)AppsMins
Danny Welbeck Arsenal 2 26 16 85 54.17 43.24 66.67 10 740
Mattia Destro AS Roma 4 16 1 75 0.00 21.00 15.00 10 512

The Roma forward's passing leaves plenty to be desired – Welbeck edges the competition here, having completed 86% of his passes so far this term. Destro has found success in just 75% of his passes; a statistic that could deter Wenger. 

Furthermore, Welbeck's incredible work-rate should not be underestimated. The England international labours relentlessly in each and every match he plays, and, in many ways, his effort off the ball is just as influential as his actions when in possession. 

With the Italian finding first team opportunities hard to come by, he could be tempted into a switch this summer. Arsenal are still in need of a reliable goal scorer and the statistics speak for themselves. Destro is far more prolific than Welbeck and would undoubtedly bring a new level of dynamism to the Gunners' attack. 

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