The Gunners are known throughout the world for various reasons but most commonly it is for being the most consistent team to make it to the top four in the premier league in the past decade. Although they have had legendary players like Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Freddy Ljunberg and Patrick Vieira to name the least, they have lacked a consistent back four who can give them an impending solidarity.
In the previous season although Arsenal stamped authority on the title and started off well, their inconsistent backline which included Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny proved to be lacking commitment towards the end of the Premier League. Mertesacker has lost 7 of the 50/50 chances, most of them ended up in being goals, he has had three fatal errors leading to a goal in all competitions, and his age also plays a big part in his diminishing speed, therefore allowing the strikers to beat him to the ball. Koscielny who in his right is a world-class defender, but last season he allowed the opponents to net in 2 important goals due to ball watching, which cost them the league, he has won 68% of the duels in the start of the league, but after that, it had reduced to 40%. These stats show us his inconsistency.
Arsene Wenger, who was struggling still keep his job intact has chosen to buy Shkodran Mustafi, who played for Valencia last season. Why pay 35 million for him? He has dependable leadership qualities as stated by his previous employers; he is a powering force in holding the back line and laying the offside trap. If that is not enough, he is pacey and has a formidable 81% pass accuracy, which is something amazing for a defender. Mustafi made 51 tackles, which is more than both Koscielny and Mertesacker combined, and while standing 6’0 foot, won 73% of Ariel duels. Looking at his stats, the Gunners have found the right man to maintain consistency and proves to be the one clearing the lines all the way.