Arsenal fans must have had many a sleepless night worrying about the state of their squad going into the third round of Premier League action this weekend.
The Gunners have been on the hunt for a world-class centre back throughout the summer and after weeks of speculation, they have finally reached a deal to land a suitable candidate in Shkodran Mustafi.
Arsene Wenger has been under increasing pressure to invest in his defensive options, with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola dropping large sums of cash to bolster their back line earlier in the window.
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While Eric Bailly arrived at Old Trafford for around £30 million as a marquee signing, some have already labelled Mustafi as an over-priced signing despite commanding a similar fee.
But with the 2014 World Cup winner set to join the Gunners on a five-year contract for approximately £35 million, which club has got the better deal?
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With the help of Squawka statistics from the 2015/16 season, we can see for ourselves.
While neither Mustafi or Bailly have been brought in for their pinpoint passing accuracy, it is worth sizing up the two defenders in this department.
Both boasted a respectably high pass completion, but the German edged out the new Red Devils man 81 per cent to 77.
Tackling is arguably the most important area of comparison, and ,again, both Mustafi and Bailly are very evenly matched.
The former registered slightly better figures than the Ivorian last season with an average number of tackles won per 90 minutes at 1.71 to 1.43.
To succeed as a Premier League defender, one must be capable of holding his own in aerial battles.
Despite being a few centimetres shorter than Bailly, Mustafi is the clear winner in this regard with an average of 2.92 aerial duels won per 90 minutes last campaign compared to the ex-Villarreal man’s 1.56.
Again, Mustafi is miles ahead of Bailly for successful interceptions per 90 minutes during the 2015/16 season.
The 24-year-old ended the last term with 4.46, well above Bailly’s 2.90 during his final campaign in a Villarreal shirt.
Finally, there is much less separating the pair in terms of clearances.
Mustafi racked up 5.64 last season whereas his Ivorian counterpart managed slightly less with 5.35.
So, it seems Mustafi clearly comes out on top when compared with Bailly.
Both have the ability to become crucial figures at Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, but we’ll have to wait and see who adapts to the demands of the Premier League quicker.
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