91.9% pass-accuracy, 5 interceptions: Leicester's N'Golo Kante demonstrates why Arsenal must buy him

Everton's Ross Barkley in action with Leicester City's N'Golo Kante

Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante has been linked with Arsenal.

France's N'Golo Kante in action with Romania's Nicolae StanciuFrance's N'Golo Kante in action with Romania's Nicolae Stanciu

Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante demonstrated exactly why Arsenal must buy him on Friday night as he put in a superb performance during France’s 2-1 opening day win over Romania.

The Foxes midfielder was barely heard of outside of France this time last year, yet a stunning Premier League campaign has been rewarded with international and global recognition.

France kicked off their European Championship campaign on home soil against Romania, and it was Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet who grabbed the goals.

While the latter may grab the headlines for his stunning late winner, it was Leicester’s quiet man Kante who once again help the midfield together as he produced a number of key contributions.

  TeamEffective ClearancesInterceptionsTacklesTouchesAccurate PassesPass-accuracyMins Played
N'Golo Kanté France 2 5 3 101 86 91.9% 90

As shown by the table above, the 24-year-old went about his business in typical fashion as he regularly broke up Romania’s advances and instigated a number of France attacks from deep.

Kante posted over the 90 minutes and impressive two effective clearances, three tackles and five interceptions while in possession he was calm as ever, maintaining a 91.9% pass-accuracy.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with the midfielder this summer (Sky Sports), and former player Ray Parlour told reporters how the Leicester man would be an excellent addition for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger’s men have Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka for holding midfield options but none seem as energetic as Kante or nearly as effective out of possession.

Leicester's Ngolo Kante in action with Arsenal's Alexis SanchezLeicester's Ngolo Kante in action with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

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