Welbeck vs Arsenal-linked El Shaarawy: One outclasses the other in five key areas

Arsenal have been linked with a move for AC Milan attacker Stephan El Shaarawy.

According to a report in the Mirror, Arsenal are tracking out-of-favour AC Milan attacker Stephan El Shaarawy with a view to a summer move.

The Italian international has featured only occasionally for the Serie A giants this season, missing the last five weeks with an injury.

Still, his breakthrough and subsequent rise to prominence in recent years at the San Siro hasn’t gone unnoticed and the Gunners have been credited with an interest in his services.

"I am gratified by Arsenal's interest, certainly, but my objective is to come back for Milan and do well at Milan,” the 22-year-old responded to the alleged interest from North London, according to the Mirror's quotes.

Would Stephan El Shaarawy be a good signing for Arsenal?

At his young age and his current ability, the Italian ace would be a sound option for most sides. However, the North Londoners currently possess an array of attacking options and spaces are limited.

Arsene Wenger wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to improve his side, but is El Shaarawy – an attacking left midfielder or striker – better than Danny Welbeck who currently occupies his favoured position?

  LeagueGoals per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAerial Duels Won per GamePass Success % per Game Dispossessed GAMEAppearances
Danny Welbeck Premier League 0.2 2.4 1.4 1.4 1.65 82.3% 1.75 20
Stephan El Shaarawy Serie A 0.08 1.3 0.8 1.2 0.3 83.5% 1.6 15

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, on this season’s basis alone the results suggest not as Welbeck comes out on top in five key attacking categories.

The England international records on average more goals, shots, chances created via key passes, take-ons and aerial duel winners per encounter than El Shaarawy.

The Premier League is as physical as they come in terms of pace, aggression and strength and only a handful of small, technical players have arrived from Italy and adjusted accordingly.

El Shaarawy does have his pros, such as ball retention and natural guile, but with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez already bringing those qualities to the team there seems little need for another player of this ilk.

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