Reus vs Walcott: Would the Borussia Dortmund man be ideal for Arsenal?

Marco Reus

The Gunners have been linked with a sensational move for the Germany international, would he be a star for Arsene Wenger's side?

The Telegraph has linked Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus with a move to Arsenal.

The German star would likely be a replacement for England man Theo Walcott, who is yet to sign a new contract at the Emirates despite his current deal coming to a close at the end of next season.

Should Walcott decide to quit the Gunners, it would leave a big hole in Arsene Wenger’s side, and one that would need to be filled quickly. Could Marco Reus be the man to fill it? We decided to see how the two compare.

We’re using Squawka for these statistics, while we will be comparing Reus’ statistics from this season with Walcott’s from last year, given the England man’s lack of game time this year.

First and foremost, Reus is on top in the total score column with a ranking of 575 compared to Walcott’s 302. The German also wins in the assists column, with five compared to four.

Sticking with assists, the German has also managed to create 44 chances compared to Walcott’s 23. In terms of goals, Reus also comes out on top, having scored seven compared to Walcott’s tally of five.

However, when it comes to passing, the England winger is better. He has a better possession score than the German, with a rating of 16 compared to Reus’ -16, while his pass completion percentage is also better, coming in at 81% to the Borussia Dortmund man’s 79%.

On this evidence then, it seems Reus would be more than a capable replacement for Walcott. While he falls short in passing, he does come out looking good in the attacking areas, especially chances created.

Any move for the German is likely to be an expensive one though with his current club unlikely to want to sell. Perhaps the sale of Walcott could be used to finance a deal.

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