Arsenal-linked Geoffrey Kondogbia betters Francis Coquelin in four key areas

Arsenal are said to be looking at Monaco defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

According to a report in The Sun, Arsenal are keen to make a £25 million move for Monaco’s highly-rated defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

The versatile 22-year-old is predominantly a defensive midfielder, a position in which many Premier League observers feel the Gunners need to strengthen this summer.

With reports in The Sun suggesting the cash-strapped French side are willing to sell their star player, boss Arsene Wenger could be about to add an important piece of the jigsaw in a potential title bid next season.

But how does Kondogbia compare with Emirates favourite Francis Coquelin? After all, the former Charlton Athletic loan star has been such an important figure over the past six months.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameAerial Winners per GameAccurate Passes per GameKey Passes per GamePass Success % per GameAppearances
Francis Coquelin 2.68 3.59 3.05 2.45 39.05 0.23 85.9% 22
Geoffrey Kondogbia 3.1 2.5 0.7 1.3 55 0.4 86.2% 23

Well, as per the table above, Coquelin seemingly has the edge in three of the four defensive-minded categories, whereas Monaco’s Kondogba is shown to be the better in possession.

The Premier League’s leading defensive midfielder in the past 18 months has been Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, but Coquelin’s rise to prominence has arguably overshadowed the Serb’s efforts in 2015.

The 23-year-old averaged 3.59 interceptions, 3.05 effective clearances and 2.45 aerial duel winners per Premier League encounter, bettering Kondogbia’s results in the French top-flight.

However, Monaco’s full French international has averaged more tackles over the past 12 months, and marginally better possession-based results too.

For Arsene Wenger to dip into the transfer market for a new defensive midfielder, he needs to be certain they can at least challenge for a first-team spot and push Coquelin to develop even further.

While Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta haven’t been able to do that, statistically speaking, it appears as though the Gunners’ top defensive midfield target has the qualities to improve the ranks at the Emirates.

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