Is Adrián Lopez the right man for Arsenal?

As Adrián Lopez’s name has come up as a possibility to transfer to Arsenal, I thought I’d look at his stats in terms of his attacking ability and make an informed decision, using his 2012/13 stats, as to whether he is what Arsenal need for their attack. This may not paint the best picture, but it will paint a picture which will inform many people who are unaware of what he is like.

As is well known, Arsenal desperately need a goalscorer who will score 20+ league goals a season, and fits into the 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 system that Arsenal try and play. Adrián is a adaptable forward and that would suggest that he could fit into the Arsenal forward line on either of the wings or as the central figure of the team, which is a positive as we need adaptable players.

As for his goal scoring, and assists, in his 12 matches, 6 starts and 6 substitute appearances, Lopez has scored only 1 goal in these matches, but that has been with Lopez not playing in the central strikers role which he could play at Arsenal, due to Falcao’s stranglehold on this position for Atletico Madrid. In those 12 matches, Lopez has also only assisted 1 goal, which came against Hapoel Tel Aviv in a 3-0 victory for Atletico Madrid. These figures would suggest that he isn’t prolific enough to come to Arsenal and substantially improve the team.

I will move onto other attacking stats of Adrián for this season. These include dribbles per match, key passes per match and passing stats. Lopez’s stats, so far, in 2012/13 show that he does 2.2 dribbles per match on average. Currently, Gervinho completes the most dribbles per match on average for Arsenal with 2.3 per match. This would suggest that Lopez likes to run at players, which is a good attribute to have for wide players, and one that would benefit Arsenal. However, as both Arsenal wingers are around the 2 dribbles per match mark, he wouldn’t come in and benefit the team in this greatly.

Adrián, on average, completes 1.2 key passes per match for his Atletico Madrid side. This is not good in comparison to Arsenal players so far this season. That statistic, if transferred, would see him rated 76th in the PL, with 5 Arsenal players equal or better. Obviously, as the La Liga and EPL competitions are different, it can be hard to compare the two leagues though.

As is well known, Arsenal are one of the top passing sides in Europe, having achieved over 60% of possession for their matches on average, and having the majority of possession in each match. Adrián passing statistics do not read well. In his 12 matches he’s played in this season, Lopez averages 22.8 passes per match at a poor 75.7% success rate. Compare that to Lukas Podolski, a new addition to the Arsenal team, and his passing stats are that he has 33 passes on average per match at a 83.6% success rate.

While these are very basic statistics, they are all important stats to fit into the Arsenal way of playing football. They suggest that he wouldn’t be a good fit for Arsenal, and would not be worth buying for the fee that is being bandied around. Arsenal do need a striker who can get the 20+ goals per season in the league, but Adrián is not the man to do this. He is Spanish international so has a massive amount of ability though.

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All stats have come from www.whoscored.com

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