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Ivan Perisic or Yannick Carrasco: Who is the perfect winger to join Denis Suarez at Arsenal

Ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline, various Premier League clubs are in the market.

One of those clubs is Arsenal.

Denis Suarez's move to London has been confirmed by Barcelona. They will fill a gap in the midfield for the Gunners. Next on Unai Emery's list is a winger to add a point to the attack and get behind opponents.

What would you like to do with the Yansick Carrasco to the Ivan Perisic, but which player would be the better option for Unai Emery?

Let's compare the number of key areas.

Styles of play

Firstly, the two players are very similar. It is quite clear when focusing on the two options that are specific to the two.

In the Perisic, he is perhaps the most defenseless option of the two.

The Croatian naturally provides a long-lasting, and once receiving, in 1v1s.

Perisic prefers to stay wide when dribbling, rather than cutting, rather than cutting inside.

Arsenal transfer target Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring for Inter Milan.

Regarding Carrasco, he's a bit more unpredictable version of Perisic.

Carrasco's work rate is good, and it is a defensive liability.

Similar to Perisic, Carrasco is also a keen dribbler with a man in wide area, but he's got more of a man in the area.

Chance creation

Almost identical returns.

Carrasco averages 0.26 goals over 90 minutes, compared to Perisic's 0.28, with 2.67 versus 2.78 versus 2.78.

They are virtually inseparable numbers, and even more interestingly, with the same Expected Goals over 90, with 0.24 each (per Wyscout).

Arsenal has been linked with Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

Perisic does average more touches in the box though, as well as a higher assist rate.

This is basically a misunderstanding of what is happening.

In addition, Carrasco is much more likely to shoot, with 134 shots in 7,467 minutes, scoring a measly five goals. That's a comparison to Perisic, who's just got 112 shots in 4,000 more minutes than the Belgian.


The Perisic does over 90.

Over the past four seasons, Carrasco has averaged just over ten dribbles over 90.

Yannick Carrasco has been linked with Arsenal.

This season he's averaging even higher with 12, but that's likely due to the Chinese league they competes in.

In addition to engaging his opponents a lot, Carrasco also has a strong success rate, completing 73%. These figures represent a highly capable dribbler and one that is difficult to dispossess.

In comparison, perisic averages 5.5 dribbles per 90%, with an incredible success rate of 81%.

Lionel Messi's rate over the same period is 80.6%.

Ivan Perisic (Image: Emilio Andreoli / Getty Images)

This is not the case, but when he does so, he is more likely to be successful.

This is a good decision-making in the case of the Belgian.

Tracking back

Both are very good.

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery talks to Mesut Ozil during a training session at London Colney.

Both are disciplined;

Given Perisic's added experience though, it is reasonable to suggest that they are more defensively assured.

There are no doubts that Carrasco's defensive output is good enough, but it is not enough.

Ivan Perisic vs Yannick Carrasco

Overall, these two players are incredibly similar to their playing numbers and their underlying numbers.

This is a positive reflection of the arsenal of recruitment, if any, because they are able to highlight two solid options.

Understat: Comparison of Carrasco and Perisic
Understat: Comparison of Carrasco and Perisic

Carrasco has spent in China.

Ultimately, so it depends what you want.

Carryco is more youthful, unpredictable and direct.

They are looking for a day before the day.

It is on Raul Sanllehi and his team, with two viable targets in their sights, to make sure they get a deal over the line before February.

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