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Arsenal Make Contact About Signing a ‘world-class’ Replacement for Xhaka Worth £100m

With just one game to go, Arsenal are still in the running for the Premier League title this season, although, like last year, it feels almost certain that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will be the ones to win will lift the trophy on Sunday.

It may ultimately be the same result for Mikel Arteta’s young side, but unlike last year they really pushed the Citizens until the very last day, which is an achievement in itself.

However, one of the other key differences is the absence of midfielder Granit

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According to a recent report from journalist Ben Jacobs (via Caughtoffside), “Arsenal have made contact with the camp of highly-rated Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes ahead of the summer transfer window.”

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Jacobs also revealed that the Gunners’ title rivals Manchester City have done the same and although the Toon do not want to sell, they may have no choice when his £100m release clause kicks in from the end of May to the end of June .

However, the good news for those interested is that they may not have to pay quite that much, as “offers in excess of £80 million could be considered if Guimaraes wants to move to a Champions League club,” according to Jacobs.

Bruno Guimaraes Newcastle Premier League

Ultimately, it would still be a massive investment from the Gunners and would certainly open a bidding war with City, but with there still being a Xhaka-shaped hole in Arteta’s midfield, it could well be worth going all-in for the former Lyon man go.

How Bruno Guimarães compares to Granit Xhaka

With Kai Havertz currently in top form as the team’s striker, Thomas Partey completely unreliable due to injury and Jorginho at 32 not being a realistic long-term option, Guimarães would move to the Gunners this summer. There is a position waiting for him, but how do his performances this season compare to Xhaka’s performances in his last season in North London?

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Well, from an output perspective it’s incredibly close.

Despite playing a slightly more prominent role this season than the Swiss did last year, the Newcastle star has scored six goals and provided eight assists in 48 appearances, while the man he emulated in N5 scored nine goals last season scored and provided seven assists in 47 games.

Guimarães 23/24 vs Xhaka 22/23

player

Guimaraes

Xhaka

Appearances

48

47

Goals

6

9

Supports

8th

7

Goal contributions per game

0.29

0.34

All stats via Transfermarkt

Then how about their underlying numbers? Are they just as close under the hood? Well, it’s a little bit of both.

In terms of key figures, the Swiss international is only just at the top, while the “world class” Brazil, as described by talent scout Jacek KuligIn a number of other metrics it is way ahead.

Guimarães 23/24 vs Xhaka 22/23

Stats per 90

Guimaraes

Xhaka

Expected non-penalty goals + assists

0.28

0.30

Progressive passes

7.84

5.89

Progressive carries

1.75

1.26

Shots

1.28

1.20

Accuracy of fit

83.9%

84.7%

Shot-generating actions

3.94

3.31

Goal-creating actions

0.50

0.51

Tackles

2.42

1.02

Won duels

1.43

0.81

blocks

1.52

0.84

Interception

0.96

0.45

Successful acquisitions

2.01

0.45

Ball recoveries

6.33

4.56

All statistics about FBref

For example, the current Bayer Leverkusen star scored a slightly higher number of non-penalty goals and assists, maintained a slightly higher passing accuracy and produced almost more goal-helping actions, all per 90, but that’s about it.

In comparison, Newcastle’s star midfielder produces much more advanced passes, runs and shot-creating actions, takes more shots, makes and wins more tackles, is more successful in dealing with opponents and also recovers many more balls, also all per 90.

Ultimately, while the two’s results are remarkably similar, Guimarães’ basic numbers from this season are far more impressive than Xhaka’s from last year. So if Arsenal have the chance to complete this deal, they should definitely take it.

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