Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to rival Victor Moses for a place in Chelsea’s starting XI should he leave Arsenal for Stamford Bridge – but how do the two players compare statistically?
According to widespread reports on Monday, Chelsea have had a bid accepted for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract.
The England international has been used in a number of different roles throughout his career and will offer the Blues plenty of options, but as Dominic Fifield notes in The Guardian, Antonio Conte hopes the 24-year-old “will challenge Victor Moses at right wing-back”.
And with Oxlade-Chamberlain beginning the season at the Gunners as a wing-back, we’ve compared the two players’ statistics from the first three games.
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The role of the wing-back in both attack and defence is hugely important in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation, but both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Moses’ strengths are considered to be in offense.
Neither player has registered a goal or assist in the Premier League to date this season, but that is not through a lack of attacking endeavour.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has generally threatened the opposition goal more, averaging three shots per game to Moses’ 1.5, while he has also created more chances for team-mates more often (1.7 vs 1).
Moses (83.33%) has a better dribble success rate than Oxlade-Chamberlain (81.4%), but the Arsenal man still completes a significant amount more than his future rival, averaging 5.7 per game as opposed to 2.5.
When it comes to passing accuracy, Oxlade-Chamberlain (84.6&) slightly bests Moses (81.3%).
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In Conte’s system the wing-backs are offered the protection of an additional centre-half and the two central midfielders, but they are still unable to shirk their defensive responsibilities.
Conte successfully converted Moses from an winger into a more defensively mindful player last season, but Oxlade-Chamberlain already has the advantage of having played in the position, despite being more renown as an attacking player.
Oxlade-Chamberlain yet again impresses in terms of interceptions (1.7 per game vs 0.5) and tackling success rate (85% vs 80%), however, there is one obvious weakness to his game.
Whereas Moses wins 66.66% of his aerial duels, Oxlade-Chamberlain has only won 39.4% of his battles this term, and Conte will be eager to see that statistic improve.
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