Arsenal-linked defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak betters Francis Coquelin in five key areas

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Sevilla star Grzegorz Krychowiak.

According to a recent report in the Metro, Arsenal are stepping up their pursuit of Sevilla defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak as they look to bolster their ranks this summer.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of defensive-minded players this summer, evidently an area Arsene Wenger wishes to add competition for regular starter Francis Coquelin.

However, as per a report in the Mirror, target Morgan Schneiderlin looks set for a switch to Manchester United whereas former linked star Geoffrey Kondogbia has already agreed to join Inter Milan.

Both players are of proven quality and would have been solid additions at the Emirates, but how does Sevilla’s Grezgorz Krychowiak compare with North London’s current incumbent of the defensive midfielder berth?

  TeamTackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per Game Aerial Winners per GameMisplaced Tackles per GameOutfield Blocks per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Francis Coquelin Arsenal 2.68 3.59 3.05 2.45 1.2 0.36 39.05 22
Grzegorz Krychowiak Sevilla 3.3 3 2.1 3.4 0.8 0.4

47.1 32

As per the table above, the Polish international is a key figure in the La Liga side’s midfield and over the course of the past 12 months has bettered Francis Coquelin in as many as five key areas.

Krychowiak, similarly to the former Charlton Athletic loan star, sits in front of the back four and acts as a shield against fast-paced counterattacks and the opposition’s breaking midfielders.

The 25-year-old averaged 3.4 aerial duel winners, 3.3 tackles, three interceptions and 2.1 effective clearances per Spanish top-flight match.

Moreover, the Andalusian favourite holds his position well, restricting the number of times he’s caught in one-v-one situations and posting a low count of misplaced tackles.

While the Premier League is arguably more impactful and fast-paced than La Liga, Krychowiak has an abundance of ability in his specific role and represents a fine option for the Gunners.

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