Comparing Houssem Aouar's 2020-21 stats to Arsenal's current midfielders

Arsenal have spent the summer rebuilding their squad and defeat in their opening league match against Brentford has accentuated the need for new signings.

© PA Images Houssem-Aouar-LYON

One area that Arsenal are looking to strengthen is their midfield, with Lyon’s Houssem Aouar one of the names being mentioned. Aouar has impressed in French football and many think he’d represent an upgrade on Arsenal’s current options.

We’ve compared his Ligue 1 stats from the 2020-21 season to those of Arsenal’s current central midfielders in the Premier League. Note: new signing Albert Sambi Lokonga’s stats are from his 2020-21 league campaign with Anderlecht.


Houssem Aouar – 7

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 3

Mohamed Elneny – 1

Granit Xhaka – 1

Thomas Partey – 0


Houssem Aouar – 3

Granit Xhaka – 2

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 2

Thomas Partey – 2

Mohamed Elneny – 0

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Minutes per goal or assist

Houssem Aouar – 179.3

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 583.4

Granit Xhaka – 683.6

Thomas Partey – 722

Mohamed Elneny – 1454

Chances created per 90 minutes

Houssem Aouar – 2.0 Albert Sambi Lokonga – 1.0

Granit Xhaka – 0.7

Thomas Partey – 0.6

Mohamed Elneny – 0.2

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)

Houssem Aouar – 2.3 (56.1%)

Thomas Partey – 1.6 (80%)

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 1.0 (83.3%)

Granit Xhaka – 0.4 (66%)

Mohamed Elneny – 0.2 (50%)

© PA Images Albert-Sambi-Lokonga-anderlecht-1

READ: The next Vieira? Who cares when Lokonga can hit strikes like this?

Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)

Granit Xhaka – 74.6 (89.5%)

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 64.4 (85.8%)

Thomas Partey – 64.2 (87.4%)

Mohamed Elneny – 58.8 (93%)

Houssem Aouar – 48.2 (86.1%)

Successful tackles per 90 minutes

Thomas Partey – 2.2

Granit Xhaka – 1.6

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 1.6

Houssem Aouar – 0.9

Mohamed Elneny – 0.7

Interceptions per 90 minutes

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 1.8

Mohamed Elneny – 1.4

Thomas Partey – 1.3

Houssem Aouar – 0.9

Granit Xhaka – 0.9

Bruno Guimaraes – 0.7

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