According to a recent report in the German publication Bild, Arsenal are attempting to bring in Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman and have already met with club officials to discuss a transfer.
The North London outfit currently have Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs for left-back cover, yet manager Arsene Wenger could see it as a position to strengthen this summer.
If the Gunners are to go to the hassle of beating their rivals to his signature, then they will have to be fairly certain that he is an upgrade on what they currently have.
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As per the table above, with Monreal’s statistics skewed due to his performances at centre-back, Gibbs provides the best like-for-like comparison for Rahman and the 20-year-old comes out favourably.
From a defensive perspective, the Augsburg ace recorded on average more tackles, interceptions and headers won than Arsenal’s England international per league encounter.
Moreover, Rahman appears to be considerably better as an attacking outlet, averaging more successful dribbles, accurate crosses and chances created per fixture.
The left-back slot is not exactly an area of weakness at the Emirates Stadium, although the opportunity to land one of the most talented fullbacks in Europe could prove too good to ignore.