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Walcott vs Aubameyang: Do Arsenal Really Need An Upgrade?

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Walcott vs Aubameyang: The Battle Of Speed Merchants

With the transfer window open, most clubs will be on the lookout for some big deals. This window is often touted to be one which is inflated but clubs have shown in the past that if they are shrewd enough they will get the right deals.

Arsenal are set to try and land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Borussia Dortmund striker has been one of the players of the season in the Bundesliga and has been scoring at over a goal a game this season under Thomas Tuchel.

The Gabonese forward could join any club in the world and he could well end up at Arsenal if the Gunners fork out the mega bucks that Dortmund would inevitably want. Arsenal have a history of breaking the bank to get the player that they want and with the squad needing an upgrade over Olivier Giroud as the striker, Aubameyang would be a great option.

One thing that could work against Aubameyang is that he can play out wide in the wings as well and one slot is taken up by Alexis Sanchez while the other one would lead to a battle between Walcott and Aubameyang. The English attacker hasn’t always been the best player for the Gunners this season, so let’s see just how he has fared against the hotshot from Dortmund.

The fastest of them all?

Both players are known for their incredible pace and it seems that Arsenal could have hit on another player that is actually faster than Bellerin and Walcott. Aubameyang though has been in exceptional goal scoring form and scored a more than a goal every 90 minutes while Walcott scores just 0.3 goals per 90 minutes.

But the pace that both players have allows them to take other players on and Walcott beats Aubameyang just about when it comes to successful take ons with a winning percentage of 48.15%. Aubameyang averages just 42.11% when it comes to taking on defenders in the Bundesliga this season.

The link up play with the team would be an important facet for any player who plays for Arsenal and both Aubameyang and Walcott seem to have similar stats when it comes to their passing game. The duo provide close to 14.5 successful passes per 90 minutes while it is Walcott who just shades the stat when it comes to forward passes with 10.1 per 90 minutes while Aubameyang gets in 9.8 per 90 minutes.

When it comes to key passes this season, Aubameyang leads the English attacker with 0.9 key passes per 90 minutes while Walcott comes in with 0.7. As from the stats the major difference between the two players is the number of goals that they score but both players get almost the same number of shots on goal.

Aubameyang gets in 4 shots on goal a game while Walcott gets 3.4 shots per 90 minutes for Arsenal and the English attacker has a better shot accuracy with 61% compared to 58% for the Gabonese forward but it has to be the finishing of Aubameyang that makes him so lethal in front of goal and that is something that Walcott will have to work on if he wants to continuously play in the front line of Arsenal.

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