Stats: Arsenal target Winston Reid vs Per Mertesacker - a clear winner

Per Mertesacker

The Gunners are said to be keen to bring the West Ham centre-half across London, but would he be an upgrade on the giant German?

Winston Reid’s future is well and truly up in the air, with the New Zealand international seemingly reluctant to extend his current deal with West Ham and out of contract in the summer.

Having played an essential part in the Hammers’ excellent season to date, a number of high-profile Premier League suitors have been mentioned as considering making an offer for Reid.

Arsenal are the most significant, with rumours gathering pace that the defender could well be an addition at the Emirates Stadium either in January or at the end of the season.

It certainly makes sense to have a look at Reid’s stats for the season compared to Arsenal’s current defenders, but with Laurent Koscielny suffering from injuries this term the comparison isn’t fair on the Frenchman.

Although Arsene Wenger has played the likes of Nacho Monreal, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy in the heart of his defence, Per Mertesacker has been the constant in the Gunners’ backline.

The table below shows how Reid and Mertesacker stack up from their performances in the Premier League this season.

  TeamErrors leading to shotsErrors leading to goalsBlocksWon tacklesClearancesWon headersInterceptions
Per Mertesacker Arsenal 0.11 0 0.53 0.58 4.53 2.84 2.16
Winston Reid West Ham 0 0 0.95 1.16 9.79 3.32 1.79

It is worth noting that both defenders have played 19 Premier League games this term, but Reid’s stats are considerably more impressive than Mertesacker’s.

While neither defender have made an error this season that has led to a goal, the Arsenal man averages 0.11 errors a game that lead to an opposition shot.

Reid, impressively, hasn’t made a single error in 19 matches that has led to an opposition shot at the West Ham goal.

The New Zealander wins with significantly more blocked shots and successful tackles per game, while he makes a whopping 9.79 clearances on average per match compared to the German’s 4.53.

Despite the stature of Mertesacker in the Arsenal defence, Reid wins on average more headers per game than the Gunners man, 3.32 to 2.84.

In one area of saving grace, the retired Germany international does make more interceptions per game than Reid, 2.16 to 1.79.

If Arsene Wenger needed any further proof that Reid has what it takes to be a success at Arsenal then here it is, with the West Ham man looking like a considerable upgrade on Mertesacker if this season’s stats are anything to go by.

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