The Gunners have been linked with a move for the German in the summer, is he the answer to their defensive midfield problem?
It’s a long-standing debate that Arsenal have been in need of a new centre-back and a defensive midfielder for quite some time.
The Gunners have been lacking a strong defensive midfielder since the days of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva, while central defence has also proved problematic.
Arsene Wenger may have solved the latter of those issues with the signing of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal in January, while some are arguing that Francis Coquelin may be the answer to the first problem, given his quality performances this season.
We decided to compare the two to see if the German could be the answer to Arsenal’s problem.
First and foremost we’re using Squawka for these statistics, while we are also using Khedira’s stats from last season as a comparison, given his lack of game time this season.
Firstly, Coquelin wins in the total score column beating Khedira with a score of 337 compared to the latter’s 161. He also comes out on top on the tackles won column, 44 to Khedira’s nine, while he also tops him on interceptions, with 47 compared to 13.
However, the German midfielder does come out on top when it comes to passing. While Coquelin has made more passes this season than Khedira last, 612 to 553, with more successful passes as well, 507 to 477, it’s the pass completion column that Khedira prevails in. Here he has a success rate of 86% compared to Coquelin’s 83%, so not that great a difference, but a winning margin nonetheless.
So then, on this evidence it seems Arsenal may not need to sign Sami Khedira after all, given that their current man beats him in a number of key areas and is only slightly behind when it comes to pass completion.
Perhaps manager Arsene Wenger would be best spending any money on a potential move for Khedira, in terms of a contract at least, in other areas of the team.