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As per a report from Daily Mail, Arsenal are interested in a summer move for Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi. The youngster has performed impeccably for the Foxes and has rightfully attracted attention from a host of Premier League clubs, with Arsenal being one of them. Ever since Claude Puel took charge of the club, Leicester have sparked a remarkable turnaround and Ndidi has played a crucial role in helping them do that.
Despite being just 21 years old, the Nigerian wonder is quite focused on the field and he is one of Leicester’s most influential players right now. It comes as no surprise that Arsenal are harbouring an interest in him. At present, they have Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny at their disposal but let’s find out if Ndidi is good enough for Arsenal.
In 37 appearances across competitions this season, Xhaka has contributed 3 goals and 5 assists. He boasts of a pass success rate of 86.8% and is adept at taking long shots. Xhaka is also reliable enough in the air, as he’s won about 1.2 aerial duels per game. As far as defensive contributions are concerned, he makes an average of 1.8 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per match. The player also averages 1.1 dribbles and 0.3 blocks per game.
Meanwhile, Ndidi has appeared 36 times across competitions for Leicester this term. He has scored a goal coupled with 3 assists. However, he has picked up 2 red cards already and that is not a good sign for a defensive midfielder. Ndidi’s pass success rate stands at a modest 75.9% and he wins a whopping 3.6 aerial duels per game. In addition to that, the player makes an average of 4.2 tackles, 2.3 blocks, 1.4 interceptions and 2.9 clearances per game.
As one can see, it is evident that Ndidi has been a lot stronger than Xhaka on several fronts. He may not have contributed as many goals or assists as Xhaka but when it comes to defending, he clearly outperforms the Arsenal man on every level. Thus, making a move for Ndidi could work well for the Gunners, who need an added layer of defensive protection to go to the next level.