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'5.9 clearances, nine clean sheets': A look at Arsenal-linked Tosin Adarabioyo's impressive stats

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The Athletic revealed earlier this month that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is interested in signing Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo this summer.

The 6ft 5in giant of a centre-half has had a fairly impressive campaign in the Premier League this term. Fulham, unfortunately, dropped down to the Championship, and that has alerted Arsenal over a bargain summer move.

It has been confirmed that David Luiz will leave Arsenal at the end of the season. The Brazilian has been a real leader at the back for us, and his departure means that Arteta will have to bring someone in to replace him.

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Adarabioyo seems to be the man the Arsenal boss is looking at ahead of the summer transfer window, but is he really good enough? Let’s see what the stats say.

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Tosin Adarabioyo by the numbers

The 23-year-old has played 32 times in the Premier League for Fulham this term and has helped keep nine clean sheets. Joachim Andersen’s heroics next to him have stolen all the headlines, but Adarabioyo has had a decent season as well.

The former Manchester City defender averages 1.2 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and a staggering 5.9 clearances per game. He wins 2.6 aerial duels and 1.7 of his challenges on the ground per 90 minutes too, which is not bad at all.

With the ball at his feet, Adarabioyo averages 69.4 touches, 56.8 passes and has maintained a very impressive 86% passing accuracy per game this term. (WhoScored and SofaScore)

That certainly checks all boxes Arteta looks for in a centre-half, which is probably why he is interested in signing him.

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The Insider’s View:

Adarabioyo’s numbers really are impressive, but some of them are slightly misleading. His 5.9 clearances per game are mainly because Fulham prefer booting the ball out instead of retaining possession, which isn’t what Arsenal would ideally want to do.

The 23-year-old is certainly an interesting option if he is available for a small fee this summer. However, with William Saliba coming back into the mix, Arteta should really focus on nurturing the young Frenchman instead.

Saliba has had a stunning six months at Nice. He has arguably been their best player since January, and his performances have shown that he is ready to stake his claim at Arsenal.

Adarabioyo is not a bad defender by any means, but Saliba is arguably a lot better, and Arsenal should prefer him over the Fulham man.

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