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Maligned duo both outscored and out-assisted reported Arsenal target in 2018/19

Arsenal have reportedly made an offer for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez.

According to El Desmarque, the Gunners have acted on their summer interest in the player by placing a bid on the table for the versatile Spaniard.

Vazquez has been pushed down the pecking order this season following the arrival of Eden Hazard, and Real have apparently made him available for transfer.

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Arsenal supposedly aren’t leading the race, with AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen having also tabled offers. It is thought the Germans are currently the most likely suitors for Vazquez as they are willing to meet the £17 million asking price.

Arsenal’s interest in Vazquez is intriguing, especially when he his compared to two players in the same position who received a fair amount of criticism from supporters last term.

TBR’s view

Vazquez has served Madrid respectably well down the years, but last term – like most of his teammates – he did not cover himself in glory.

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The 28-year-old managed just five goals and four assists in 47 appearances in all competitions in 2018/19 – which is even less than Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a man who often received both barrels from sections of the Arsenal supporters for his inconsistency.

It’s also less than Alex Iwobi (now of Everton), who made 51 appearances, scoring six and assisting nine.

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Armenia captain Mkhitaryan contributed six goals and seven assists in 39 appearances in all competitions, meaning he had an involvement every three games. Iwobi’s rate works out at one involvement every 3.4 games, while Vazquez’s works out at one every 5.4.

Statistics obviously aren’t the be all and end all in football, but Vazquez having been even less productive than Mkhitaryan and Iwobi last term is slightly worrying.

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