26 янв. 2018 г.

Premier League stats: Alexis Sanchez, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Who is getting the better player?

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is has joined Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is heading the other way in a swap.

Looking at Premier League data since Sanchez arrived at the Gunners in 2014, and Mkhitaryan joined United in 2016, the former scores with more regularity while the latter delivers assists at a quicker rate.

But what else do the stats tell us? And how do Sanchez and Mkhitaryan compare to players already at the two clubs?

 

Shooting accuracyShot conversion rateMins per goal
Sanchez 57.45% 21.28% 169
Mkhitaryan 58.33% 13.89% 456

Sanchez's goal-to-game ratio is far better than Mkhitaryan's - but the Armenia international edges ahead in shooting accuracy.

He actually gets more shots on target than Sanchez, but the Chile forward converts more of his attempts into goals.

Sanchez wins this one, then.

But when it comes to providing chances and combining with team-mates in attack, it is a difference picture - albeit not drastically so.

 Passing accuracy in final thirdMins per chance createdMins per assist
Sanchez 69.33% 37.2 405
Mkhitaryan 78.15% 40 380

We can see Mkhitaryan has been assisting goals at a quicker rate than Sanchez.

But we should also consider that, even if Mkhitaryan beats him on that one, Sanchez is still a more prolific creator of chances - and sometimes it's not your fault if your team-mate misses.

So, how about what both teams have got already?

Here are the same stats we've looked at so far applied to Arsenal and Manchester United's seasons to date.

We've compared attacking players with a minimum of 10 league appearances, sorted alphabetically.

Manchester United

 Shooting accuracyShot conversion rateMins per goal
Jesse Lingard 58.33% 29.2% 154.9
Anthony Martial 63.64% 40.9% 120.6
Juan Mata 56.25% 18.7% 445.6
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 50% 10% 931
Paul Pogba 35.71% 10.7% 408
Marcus Rashford 51.72% 13.8% 327.2

Bonus stat - Martial's shot conversion rate of 40.9% is the highest of any forward in the Premier League this season - followed by Huddersfield's Laurent Depoitre (38.46%) and Everton duo Wayne Rooney (37.04%) and Oumar Niasse (35.29%).

 Passing accuracy in final thirdMins per chance createdMins per assist
Jesse Lingard 82.91% 57 271
Anthony Martial 76.36% 43.4 155.1
Juan Mata 79.23% 40.5 445.6
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 76.1% 33.25 186.2
Paul Pogba 75.38% 40.8 136
Marcus Rashford 66.04% 68.9 261.8

Arsenal

 Shooting accuracyShot conversion rateMins per goal
Olivier Giroud 42.86% 28.57% 90
Alex Iwobi 69.57% 8.7% 465
Alexandre Lacazette 72.5% 22.5% 189.5
Mesut Ozil 47.62% 19.05% 383.5
Alexis Sanchez 56.52% 15.22% 215.3
Danny Welbeck 58.33% 25% 234.6

It is worth noting that Giroud has only started one of his 15 Premier League appearances this season - his four goals have come in 270 minutes off the bench.

 Passing accuracy in final thirdMins per chance createdMins per assist
Olivier Giroud 61.76% 51.4 0 assists
Alex Iwobi 81.23% 44.3 465
Alexandre Lacazette 67.88% 74.2 568.6
Mesut Ozil 82.61% 23.9 255.6
Alexis Sanchez 66.1% 29.5 502.3
Danny Welbeck 77.24% 78.2 704