Comparing Manuel Locatelli’s 2020-21 stats to Arsenal’s current midfielders

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After a difficult 2020-21, Arsenal are looking to fix their squad and are reportedly trying to sign Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

According to several reports in Italy, Arsenal have placed an official €40million bid for Locatelli, who is also attracting interest from Juventus.

We’ve compared Locatelli’s 2020-21 stats in Serie A to the corresponding Premier League figures from Arsenal’s current options in the centre of midfield. Note: we’ve only used Joe Willock’s stats from his loan spell at Newcastle United.

Goals
Joe Willock – 8
Manuel Locatelli – 4
Mohamed Elneny – 1
Granit Xhaka – 1
Dani Ceballos – 0
Thomas Partey – 0

Assists
Manuel Locatelli – 2
Granit Xhaka – 2
Thomas Partey – 2
Mohamed Elneny – 0
Joe Willock – 0

Minutes per goal or assist
Joe Willock – 122.5
Manuel Locatelli – 481
Granit Xhaka – 683.6
Thomas Partey – 722
Mohamed Elneny – 1454

Chances created per 90 minutes
Manuel Locatelli – 1.2
Joe Willock – 0.7
Granit Xhaka – 0.7
Thomas Partey – 0.6
Mohamed Elneny – 0.2

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Joe Willock – 2.0 (54%)
Thomas Partey – 1.6 (80%)
Manuel Locatelli – 0.8 (72.7%)
Granit Xhaka – 0.4 (66%)
Mohamed Elneny – 0.2 (50%)

READ: Manuel Locatelli & two touches that catapulted him into the mainstream

Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Manuel Locatelli – 85.7 (88.3%)
Granit Xhaka – 74.6 (89.5%)
Thomas Partey – 64.2 (87.4%)
Mohamed Elneny – 58.8 (93%)
Joe Willock – 20.8 (77.1%)

Successful tackles per 90 minutes
Manuel Locatelli – 2.5
Joe Willock – 2.4
Thomas Partey – 2.2
Granit Xhaka – 1.6
Mohamed Elneny – 0.7

Interceptions per 90 minutes 
Joe Willock – 1.6
Manuel Locatelli – 1.6
Mohamed Elneny – 1.4
Thomas Partey – 1.3
Granit Xhaka – 0.9


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