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Statistics reveal why Arsenal is trying to sign Amadou Onana

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As Arsenal aim to close the gap on Manchester City next season, the rumour mill has linked them with Everton’s powerful midfielder, Amadou Onana. While the reported £50 million price tag is hefty, a compelling statistic highlights why the Gunners might be so keen.

Across the past two Premier League campaigns, Onana boasts a 61% success rate in duels won – the highest of any midfielder with over 200 contests. This isn’t merely scrapping either: he’s engaged in a massive 623 duels over that period.

Arsenal, despite their progress under Mikel Arteta, still lack a player with this consistent physical presence in the middle. Granit Xhaka, while tactically astute, doesn’t possess the same domineering qualities.

Onana’s arrival could provide multiple benefits. Firstly, it allows Arteta to rest and rotate his midfield without a significant drop-off in robustness. Secondly, it gives Arsenal an edge in games where they’re likely to be outmuscled, something evident in key losses last season.

Of course, duels won isn’t the sole metric for midfield dominance. Onana’s passing range and tactical discipline will be scrutinized. However, at 21 years old, there’s clear potential for him to develop alongside Arsenal’s existing talents.

If the Gunners are serious about challenging on all fronts, Onana’s unique blend of power and potential makes him an intriguing, if expensive, option. £50 million is a statement fee – but it might be the statement signing that takes Arsenal to the next level.

Hello there, Am Mumbere Ausbel from Uganda and I am a writer at Arsenal True Fans and I love watching football matches so much because it's my favourite sport. I am an optimistic person who usually likes to look at the good side of everything.

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