Bellerin vs Sagna head-to-head: One betters the other in five key areas

Héctor Bellerín v Bacary Sagna: Head to Head: How the right-backs compared at The Emirates: 20151222

Manchester City’s Bacary Sagna used to be on the books of Arsenal.

Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna spent a number of seasons as an Arsenal player, impressing the Emirates crowd with his consistent performances in the right-back slot.

His decision to leave the Gunners for Manchester City in the summer of 2014 didn’t exactly go down well with the Arsenal supporters, with most citing financial gains as his reason for leaving.

But nowadays not many in North London miss the France international, as Spanish speed merchant Hector Bellerin has made the right-back spot his own at the Emirates in some style.

Some even go as far as saying the former Barcelona youth product is the best fullback in the Premier League, especially from an attacking sense as his pace allows him to get forward on the overlap.

But what about Sagna... How do his performances for a struggling City compare with Bellerin?

  Tackles per GameDef Duels Won per GAMEAerial Duels Won per GAMEInterceptions per GameAccurate Passes per GameKey Passes per GameAccurate Crosses per GameAppearances
Héctor Bellerín 1.36 4.61 1.11 1.82 38.82 0.71 0.54 28
Bacary Sagna 1.2 5.8 3.28 1.8 48.72 0.96 0.64 25

Well, as shown by the table provided by Opta, the 33-year-old is still as consistent as ever as he actually betters Arsenal’s popular right-back in as many as five key categories.

Sagna averages more defensive duels won, aerial duels won, accurate passes, chances created via key passes and accurate crosses per Premier League encounter.

City have faltered badly after winning their first five games of the league campaign, slipping down to fourth in the Premier League table and in serious danger of missing out on Champions League football.

But Sagna, to his credit, has been one of their better players this season and doesn’t deserve to be lumped in with the likes of Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis when criticising City’s poor defensive displays.

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