Anyone with at least a passing interest in Serie A this season will be aware of Paulo Dybala. The Argentine, already dubbed the ‘new Sergio Aguero’, has been earning rave reviews for his performances in the pink shirt of Palermo, with his nine goals having been key in the newly-promoted side’s rise to a stable midtable position. His silky skills, eye for goal and sheer potential at the age of 21 have led to claims that Arsenal are after the £31m-rated youngster, which begs the question… should Arsene Wenger sign him?
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In comparison to the Gunners’ current crop for attackers, Dybala ranks well. The only player at the Emirates Stadium to be in the same league as him in terms of return appears to be Alexis Sanchez, who we all know has been enjoying fantastic debut season in England. In truth, the Chilean is a deeper-lying player, so it’s only fair that Dybala be compared to his potential counterparts at Arsenal: Welbeck and Giroud. Although he’s played more games (17) than the Englishman and Frenchman (who have 16 and 10 to their names respectively), the 21-year-old has notched a sizable chunk of extra goals and has out-shot his Arsenal foes. He also boasts a better assists record and has matched ‘Welbz’s’ impressive 83% pass accuracy, while his take-on success rate is far higher at almost 65% – which has coincided with more fouls suffered that Sanchez, Welbeck and Giroud (46).
Stats cannot tell us everything, though, but some clips of the man in action prove that he’s the real deal. Nimble, good with the ball at his feet and deadly in the 18-yard box, the Aguero comparisons do hold some credibility, even if he’s a little more, understandably so, raw than his compatriot.
One major weakness appears to be his one-footedness, his left, but at such a young age this could be worked on, while at 5ft. 9” and with a slender frame, the robust nature of the Premier League could be an issue. £31m is a sizable fee, so a January deal may be off limits, but Dybala is certainly one to keep an eye on for Arsenal ahead of a potential ‘marquee’ summer move.