Arsenal are set to allow Carl Jenkinson to make his temporary switch to West Ham permanent with Hector Bellerin set to sign a new four-year deal at the Emirates.
The Irons are keen to sign Jenkinson on a permanent basis after an impressive campaign at the Boleyn Ground according to the Mirror and he is 5/2 to make his cross capital move permanent this summer.
Given his impressive form under Sam Allardyce, Gooners could be forgiven for doubting the wisdom of letting him go in favour of making the Spaniard Mathieu Debuchy’s long-term understudy.
However, Bellerin bosses his long-term club colleague on surprisingly comprehensive range of per-90-minute statistics in the Premier League.
In possession he completes 28.15 passes to Jenkinson’s 21.79, equalling his rivals 0.10 assists per match and outscoring in 2013/14 by one goal to nil.
The 19-year-old has copped some flack for his defensive contribution this season, but here too the numbers reflect well upon him in comparison to the former Charlton man.
Bellerin averages 2.30 tackles won per 90 minutes to his on-loan club colleague’s 1.21, also coming out on top when it comes to interceptions (2.83-1.21) and clearances (4.6-4.12).
Jenkinson does make more mean blocks (0.34-0.21) than the man who seems destined to supersede him at Arsenal, yet being forced to make such interventions doesn’t necessarily reflect well on his positioning to begin with.
Despite being the more experienced player, the loanee has also made one major defensive error to Bellerin’s none over the campaign according to the statisticians at Squawka.com.
Yet the Spaniard most comprehensively outstrips his rival when it comes to the full-back’s bread and butter, the realm of one-on-one duels.
He averages victory in 41.67% of his aerial mano-a-manos to Jenkinson’s 35.29%.
Bellerin’s superiority is even more pronounced when he is dribbling at or being dribbled at by an opponent, coming out on top on 53.85 per cent of such occasions to his senior’s 27.59%.
Overall he bosses their total duels figures by a score of 46.7% to 42.06.
Thanks to the terms of his loan move, Jenkinson will be absent when his West Ham teammates face Arsenal this weekend.
The Irons are 13/2 outsiders for victory, with the draw a 7/2 bet and Arsenal weighty favourites at 2/5 for all three points.