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Is Yannick Carrasco the best option for Emery? by Garry

By Garry Andrew Potter

Let’s have a look at Yannick Carrasco.
On Unai Emery's transfer priority list this summer is a new winger.
Many wide forwards have been linked as the Spaniard seeks to add a point of difference to his attack, to stretch teams and get behind opponents, something which they lacked during the season just gone.
Reports are claiming that the Gunners are close to confirming their first signing of the transfer window with Emery set to use a huge chunk of his £45m budget on Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco.
The Belgium international, who is rated at £27million, has reportedly already agreed personal terms with the Gunners. And the bookmakers think a deal is imminent, with Carrasco a huge 1/9 odds-on with Betfair and Paddy Power to become Arsenal's first signing of the summer.
But is the former Atletico Madrid winger a good option for Emery?
Let’s assess his strengths

Style of play

Firstly, in terms of general style of play it's quite clear that Emery desires a specific profile - essentially a very wide and direct threat from the left with an intensity. Regarding Carrasco, he's essentially slightly more unpredictable than other wingers the Gunners have been linked with.
His work rate is good, and he naturally tracks back to support his teammates rather than being a defensive liability.
Carrasco is also a keen dribbler with a direct nature to attack his man in wide areas, but he's got more of a tendency to cut inside on to his favoured right-foot.

Chance creation

In terms of offensive output, Carrasco averages 0.26 goals per 90 minutes and averages 2.67 shots on target.Those are impressive numbers, and even more interestingly, has an expected Goals per 90 of 0.24 (per Wyscout). In addition, Carrasco is much more likely to shoot from distance, with 134 shots in 7,467 minutes, scoring a measly five goals.


Over the past four seasons, Carrasco has averaged just over ten dribbles per 90.
This season he's averaging even higher, but that's likely due to the standard of the Chinese league he competes in. In addition to engaging his opponents a lot, Carrasco also has a strong success rate, completing 73%. These figures represent a highly capable dribbler and one that is difficult to dispossess.

Tracking back

In terms of defensive output, Carrasco is very good.The work rate of a player is clearly an important trait to Emery, especially given his treatment of Mesut Ozil, and the Belgian firmly meets the criteria set out by the Spanish tactician. Carrasco is disciplined, willing to track back and having played for a defensively strategic clubs such as Atletico Madrid, intensity without the ball comes natural to him.
Although, whilst there's no doubt that Carrasco's defensive output is good enough, his more unpredictable nature on the ball can occasionally be detrimental to his side in terms of conceding possession in bad areas.


This is a positive reflection of Arsenal's recruitment team if anything, because Emery has identified a profile, and the scouting department have evidently been able to highlight a few solid options.
Ultimately, he would offer a level of productivity and would be beneficial for Arsenal as he's youthful, unpredictable and direct.

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