Michy Batshuayi and Lucas Perez - comparing their statistics

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They might have done it at opposite ends of the transfer window, but Chelsea and Arsenal have both addressed needs in the attacking third of the field this summer.

For Chelsea, it was the £32 million arrival of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille in July, whilst the Gunners had to wait until yesterday before Lucas Perez signed for £17.1 million.

Batshuayi has already announced himself to the Premier League with a goal in just his second appearance, and Arsene Wenger will be hoping Perez can hit the ground running too. But, which club has made the better signing?

We took a look at the pair's statistics from last season to try and figure it out...


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Before delving into the statistics, it is worth noting the duo's situations last season. Batshuayi was plying his trade in Ligue 1 for a Marseille team who struggled to an underwhelming 13th place.

Perez, meanwhile, was also leading the line for a struggling outfit as his Deportivo La Coruña finished 15th in La Liga.

The similarities continue into their performances during the 2015/16 campaign, too. 

For instance, both strikers racked up 17 goals in 36 league performances last term - good enough for an identical 0.47 goals-per-game. 

If we are being picky, Perez was the slightly more accurate of the pair as he edged out Batshuayi when it came to shot accuracy. The Spaniard forced the keeper into action with 59 percent of his shots, whilst Chelsea's new signing was marginally more wasteful at 56 percent.

The pair were also on a pretty even footing when it comes to assisting their now former teammates. This time, though, it was Batshuayi who edged it after providing nine assists (0.27-per-game) compared to Perez's eight (0.22-per-game).

However, that doesn't really do the Gunners' latest arrival justice, as the chances created statistic proves. Whereas Batshuayi laid on 0.75 chances-per-game on average last season, Perez was lightyears ahead with an impressive two chances created in each league outing.

Arsenal fans will love to hear they're signing another player who is more than capable of unlocking an opposition defence. Chelsea, meanwhile, won't exactly be too concerned given their options in midfield.

The only other statistic that saw one player come out significantly better than the other was aerial duals won.

As you might expect given his imposing frame, Batshuayi was winning 0.78 aerial challenges-per-game for Marseille. Perez, on the other hand, was barely even noticeable with the ball of the ground - winning just 0.11.

Having been brought in as competition for Oliver Giroud - a man known for his aerial ability - it looks like, when Perez is on the field, Arsenal's infamous reluctance to cross the ball will be in full force.

As you can see, there really isn't much to separate the two Premier League new boys, and both Chelsea and Arsenal will be confident there will be goals to come for both strikers.

Slight edge

Nevertheless, there are a couple of factors that, in my mind at least, mean the west London club may have just beaten out their rivals in the north of the city for best buy.

Yes, Perez cost almost half the price of Batshuayi - £17m compared to £32 - but the Chelsea man has time on his side. 

Perez is about to turn 28 and has just one impressive goal-scoring season on his professional resume. Batshuayi, meanwhile is just 22-years-old and last season's exploits were the third time in his young career that he has hit double digits.

If Perez can lead Arsenal to a title challenge this season it will be money well spent. However, Batshuayi could become the focal point of Chelsea's attack for years to come and his statistics are only likely to rise.

In a transfer market that Antonio Conte recently described as "crazy", his signing could look like a bargain in a few seasons time.

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