Arsenal will be searching for a new right-back this summer, and although a range of names has been linked, two reported targets keep coming up.
Indeed, Tariq Lamptey and Emerson Royal seem to be two serious targets for Arsenal this summer as they search for a substitute for Hector Bellerin, who is expected to leave the Emirates.
Lamptey will be a more recognizable name to Arsenal fans after tearing up the Premier League this season, but Emerson seems to be the much superior choice.
The Brazilian lacks Lamptey’s lightning speed, but when the pair’s underlying stats are compared, it’s obvious that the Brazilian is ahead of the Brighton ace.
WhoScored’s overall ranking scale isn’t ideal, but Emerson outperforms Lamptey on that measure by a broad margin, although his defensive figures make a joke of the Englishman’s.
Emerson makes about twice as many tackles per game, has more turnovers, and commits fewer fouls, and he seems to be more dangerous going forward.
Yes, Lamptey is smoother and more explosive, but when it comes to the final result, Emerson once again takes the crown.
This season, the Brazilian has four assists to Lamptey’s one, as well as more crucial passes and three times as many accurate long-balls.
Add on the fact that Emerson is used to playing in a flat back four, while Lamptey has mainly played as a wing-back in his career, and it’s easy to see why he’d be best suited to the Gunners.
We’re not saying Lamptey is a poor player, but when it comes to Arsenal’s needs at right-back, Emerson seems to have the upper hand.
Emerson Royal appears to be Arsenal’s ultimate Bellerin substitution, according to Edu.