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Kadioglu vs Zinchenko - Arsenal transfer target's key stats which explains Mikel Arteta interest

Fenerbahce's Ferdi Kadioglu
-Credit: (Image: Ahmad Mora/Getty Images)


One of Arsenal's top priorities in the summer transfer window will be to add a left-back to their squad who can make the position their own next season.

Neither Oleksandr Zinchenko nor Jakub Kiwior were able to hold down the position this season with both left-backs losing their places in the squad to natural right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu by the end of the campaign. Fenerbahce's Ferdi Kadioglu has reportedly been earmarked as the ideal candidate to join the Gunners' defence with Aston Villa also thought to be interested.

It is expected the 24-year-old Turkish international would favour a move to the Premier League this summer should the opportunity arise. However, should Arsenal be the ones to give him that chance? Football.london has taken a look at the key stats between Kadioglu and Zinchenko.

Before drawing comparisons between the two players, it must be noted that the difference in quality between the Turkish Super Liga and the Premier League is stark. However, Who Scored's comparison between the two players makes good reading for the Fenerbahce man.

On almost every defensive metric, Kadioglu has outperformed the Ukrainian. Some of these differences are minimal, for instance when it comes to interceptions or tackles made per game.

But, on clearances, Kadioglu has managed a whopping 1.6 per match compared to Zinchenko's 0.8. What will be a concern for Arteta is that while both players make roughly the same number of tackles each game, Zinchenko has committed significantly fewer fouls at 0.3 compared to the Fenerbahce man's 0.9.

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Offensively might just be where Arteta sees Kadioglu can give Arsenal the edge next season over Zinchenko. The 24-year-old has been much more of a threat going forward than the Gunners left-back, having provided more assists across the course of the campaign.

He has also accumulated more key passes (1.4 to 1.1) and a remarkably higher dribble per game at 1.5 to 0.3 by Zinchenko. This has led to him being fouled more than the Ukrainian too (1.6 to 0.3).

It is no wonder with such good attacking statistics this season that Kadioglu has become a fan favourite at Fenerbahce. The only question is whether he can replicate these offensive figures in the Premier League.