Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez vs Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale – A Statistical Comparison
Arsenal’s wantaway Chilean star has reportedly attracted attention from reigning European champions Real Madrid. The club’s Welsh star Gareth Bale is expected to leave next summer and is being aggressively linked with moves to join rival clubs. If the move does happen, Los Blancos will be in need of a quality player to fill the void left by the winger and Sanchez has been identified as a possible replacement.
Even if the move does not happen and the club lands Sanchez anyway, it could benefit Real considering Bale has been far from his best this season. His list of injuries only seem to be increasing and that has cost the La Liga defending champions dearly. Hence, a move for Sanchez seems to be ideal on paper regardless of whether Bale stays or leaves – but what do their numbers reveal? Let’s take a look.
Gareth Bale vs Alexis Sanchez
Bale has appeared 7 times for Real Madrid this season, having spent 563 minutes on the field. He has scored 3 goals including one in the Champions League and has also provided 3 assists. He picked up a yellow card in a UCL encounter and enjoys an average of 2.9 shots per game. Bale’s passing accuracy is at 82.9% and he has won about 1.6 aerial battles in each game so far. The former Tottenham Hotspur player has won Man of the Match awards twice so far, including once in the Champions League.
Sanchez, on the other hand, has appeared 10 times for Arsenal so far, lspending 725 minutes on the field in the process. He has chipped in with 3 goals and 2 assists while also picking up 3 yellow cards in the Premier League. Arguably, the Chilean’s performances have been decent enough but it is no secret that he wants to exit the Gunners. He averages 3.5 shots per game and has a modest pass success rate of 73.8%. However, he is weak in the air having won just 0.5 aerial battles. Like Bale, Sanchez has also picked up the Man of the Match award twice this season.
Both players are more or less on par in terms of their numbers. Bale has provided one assist more than Sanchez but the Chilean has more shots per game. However, as far as passing and aerial battles are concerned, the Real Madrid man is ahead and one must note that he has played 3 games less than Sanchez.
Hence, Sanchez does seem like a viable replacement for Bale but he is definitely not better than him when it comes to stats. They have different strengths and weaknesses and it will certainly be a tough call for Real Madrid.