Mikel Arteta has an enormous drawback at Arsenal and wishes an enormous January switch window to assist them flip issues round.
Funnily sufficient, the reply would possibly are available in a small package deal – 5ft 6½in to be exact – with Emiliano Buendia being linked with a transfer from Norwich City.
A Championship participant, relegated from the Premier League final season, we will hear the cries now.
However the Argentinian midfielder would possibly simply be the proper resolution for Arteta, including creativity and targets to the ahead line.
Norwich City received’t need to lose one among their key males, however he’s already obtained them in nice form for an instantaneous return to the top-flight.
To date, Buendia, 23, has six targets and 6 assists for the Canaries this marketing campaign, serving to them to prime spot, and a five-point lead over second place Bournemouth.
He’s additionally had the tenth most pictures within the division however he’s not simply an attacking pressure, he’s received 30 tackles too – the third most, oh and he’s the king of the important thing go with 3.2 per recreation.
And if Arteta actually is insistent on crossing the ball, Buendia doesn’t thoughts a little bit of that both.
After all, the Championship isn’t the Premier League, we get that. So let’s check out his performances in opposition to the perfect.
Nicely, solely Kevin De Bruyne, James Maddison, and Jack Gealish performed extra key passes per 90 than the Argentine’s 2.3 – the identical as Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
When it comes to dribbling, solely Adama Traore (5), Allan Saint-Maximin (4.8) and Wilfried Zaha (4.3) accomplished greater than Buendia’s 2.9, whereas solely De Bruyne (0.4) was profitable with extra by way of balls per recreation than him (0.3).
Buendia managed seven assists final time period, in a aspect that was relegated, and stats present it was no fluke both, his passing carried an ‘anticipated help’ worth of seven.2, simply 0.1 behind each Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Across the field, the place Arsenal are having most of their issues, he managed 58 passes into the penalty space within the Premier League, the 13th most, final time period.
When you’re nonetheless not sure, he made 5.04 shot creating actions per 90 minutes – the seventh greatest within the division, and the tenth most accomplished dead-ball passes which led to a shot.
And identical to within the Championship, he was no slouch defensively, contributing the 17th most center third pressures, and the fourth most defensive third pressures, add that to his 58 tackles received, the eight most final season, and you’ve got a doubtlessly wonderful all-rounder.
Though, he was dribbled previous 87 occasions – the second most within the division – so some work must be executed.
Clearly different elements are at play, not everybody can have a Bruno Fernandes-like impression after they full a January switch window, however the statistics at the least have promise for the 23-year-old.
Whether or not Buendia will be capable to replicate his numbers in such a pedestrian crew, notably with the Gunners favouring the left aspect of the pitch when attacking, is but to be seen.
Arteta’s aspect go down that flank with 42 per cent of forays, with solely Manchester United and Crystal Palace utilizing that a part of the sector extra.
Both approach, he’s prone to provide extra proper now than Willian, who has barely been noticeable since his free switch from Chelsea, which is costing the membership round £200,000 per week.