Is that so? I admit I haven't followed Tielemans much. But a quick look at defensive stats give a completely different picture:
Xhaka vs Tielemans in PL last season
Games 27 vs 32
Tackles 32 vs 74
Blocked shots 11 vs 20
Interceptions 21 vs 21
Clearances 28 vs 36
Recovering 148 vs 188
Yellows 10 vs 3
If anything, Tielemans seems to be doing far better defensively
Also the position where he made his name, at least when breaking into the national team.He's been much better in the advanced 8 role. His lack of press resistance doesn't stand out when he plays further up the pitch. Should've seen it coming tbh, he did well in that role for Swizerland at the Euros too.
Arteta's been pretty explicit that they went to shift 1 or 2 more out and bring another 1 or 2 in. And he's not a salesman like Wenger who could charm us into believing any old **** until near the end.I honestly fear that if we don't sign a mobile LCM(not tielemans) and real competition for Saka, we won't achieve our goals this season.
This transfer window is January all over again. Sp**s and Chelsea go the extra mile while we are happy with a lazy Saka and Granit Xhaka scoring and assisting in a game for probably the first time in his Arsenal career.
I've seen this movie to many times to know how it will end.
Edit: I don't understand what we are doing honestly.
Paqueta is the perfect fit for our team and Zaha is begging to join Arsenal for years.
Just get it done.
Easy. As everybody knows by this point, Pepe was brought to Arsenal in a rather shade deal that has been put into investigation. No one in this planet will pay a salary like this to him. And he will not just left and lose his earnings. So the options Arsenal has are:So again for 2nd straight mikel not even bother to bring pepe for 5 minutes. What the point of having 150k a week on bench if manager don't trust him pepe need to sort this out.
At the same time, Arsenal badly needs a player who can work the ball like Tielemans.Easy to rack up better defensive stats when your team spends much more time in defensive posture due to a complete inability to retain possession consistently in the opposition half.
Blocked shots and tackle stats generally reflect more on the team than the individual if you play as a CM.
I don't watch Leicester every week, but Tielemans is physically week, poor in the air, good at 'nicking the ball' tackles but that's about it, and loves a lazy leg dangle. Xhaka's lack of agility holds him back, but when we are under the cosh, he can offer decent defensive cover in multiple zones, where Tielemans is much more nimble but operates in less zones, and is not great on the cover.
Xhaka's card ratio cf Tielemans is partly reputational (booked for multiple offences for his only foul), partly because he gets caught covering others in zones Tielemans has never set foot in, and partly him getting isolated due to the team being caught up the pitch.
Stats are useful but only when adjusted for context.
I like YT, just know that he has very different strengths and weaknesses.
Now that we clearly have a pattern on play. Can anyone think of signings we should make?
- If a LCM, they need to be box to box, have the ability to drift wide and also cover for the LB who might have tucked into CM
- If a winger, they need to be well rounded, able to hold down the wing on their own, help out defensively, ability to take on one or two men and add G/A.
Looking at the CM, i'm not sure thats Tielemans. He ticks the boxes going forward, but not coming back, not covering the LB.