Bacary Sagna’s protracted contract wranglings have seen Arsenal linked to a plethora of young right-backs, with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastian Jung the latest name doing the rounds.
However, while Jung’s attacking attributes mean he would be at home among the Gunners’ bonnie ball players, his statistics suggest that his defending is not yet up to scratch.
The 23-year-old, who was called up to the Germany squad at the height of his side’s unexpectedly brilliant post-promotion campaign last term, has outshone Sagna for attacking contribution so far in 2013/14.
Despite making four less appearances than the Frenchman, Jung has plated up more than double the Arsenal man’s 15 key passes, assisting six goals to his opposite number’s three.
So far, so encouraging for those of a Goonerly persuasion, but sadly the German’s defensive numbers don’t paint the picture of a well-rounded operator.
Successful in only 34 per cent of tackles and 39 per cent of aerial duels, according to Squawka, it’s unlikely he would be able to replace a defender of Sagna’s abilities.
The Les Bleus international posts percentages of 56 and 67 on the same metrics.
Sagna and Arsenal go in search of three points at Hull City’s KC Stadium next up as they bid to take advantage of Everton’s midweek slip up to tighten their grip on fourth place.
Just 9/50 for a top-four finish in the wake of the Toffees’ Goodison Park hiccup, the Gunners are 4/5 favourites for maximum reward in the people’s republic of Humberside.
It’s a solid price about a side whose average of 2.58 points per game against bottom-half opposition this term is better than any Premier League rival’s bar Manchester United.
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