Analysis: Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey betters Newcastle's Gabriel Obertan in seven key categories

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Newcastle United’s Gabriel Obertan compared.

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey heads into his side’s clash with Newcastle United with a clear upper hand on upcoming opponent Gabriel Obertan.

The former Manchester United winger has been a surprise inclusion for Newcastle so far this season, providing the width for Steve McClaren’s men, and contributing well.

Against Southampton on the opening day, Obertan provided a wonderful assist for Georginio Wijnaldum and at Old Trafford last weekend he also proved why he is so reliable from a defensive perspective.

However, on Saturday he will be tasked with a number of key duties and his upcoming opponent is widely expected to be Arsenal’s wide midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

  Shots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameDef Duels Won per GameAppearances
Aaron Ramsey 3 2.33 1.33 95.33 59.67 7 7 3
Gabriel Obertan 1 1 0.33 41.67 24 6 3.67 3

According to the table provided by Opta Stats, Obertan has a tough job on his hands as Gunners ace Ramsey has so far outperformed him over various key midfield categories.

The Wales international has averaged more shots, key passes, successful take-ons, touches and accurate passes during the opening three Premier League fixtures.

Moreover, Ramsey’s energy and defensive work is extremely underrated and the table illustrates how he has actually put in more ball recoveries and defensive duel winners than Obertan so far this season.

The former Cardiff City man has yet to find the net, but that’s surely only going to be a matter of time and he is one of a number of Arsenal players capable of causing Newcastle big problems on Saturday.

The St. James’ Park crowd must rally behind their troops and do all they can to create an intimidating atmosphere for an array of attacking talent currently available at Arsene Wenger’s disposal.

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