Arsenal fan convinced Mustafi is better than Van Dijk… and has stats to back it up

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AN ARSENAL fan has claimed Shkodran Mustafi is a better player than Virgil van Dijk – and he has the statistics to prove it.

The out-of-favour German has made more tackles at a higher success rate and more interceptions in less than games than the Liverpool star.

The stats used to compare Virgil van Dijk and Shkodran Mustafi

Mustafi has endured a nightmare season in North London and fans have pleaded with the club to get rid of him this summer.

He was at fault for two goals during the shock defeat to Crystal Palace and was branded “a mess” by Jamie Carragher.

But one supporter has pulled together statistics to prove that he has a better record in the league than Liverpool’s £75m defender.

Van Dijk has played 35 times – seven more than Mustafi – and made 34 tackles at 71 per cent success rate.

But Mustafi has made 55 tackles at 73 per cent success rate and 54 interceptions – 15 more the Dutch star.

‘UNPOPULAR OPINION’

The social media post was captioned: “Unpopular opinion, but Mustafi is having a better season than Van Dijk.”

And he added: “Mustafi cost £40m less and is a better player.”

He then proved that Mustafi is having a more successful career than than the Dutchman by comparing their trophy collection.

The Arsenal star has lifted the World Cup, one Confederation Cup and one trophy in England – but Van Dijk has not won any of these.

But a number of statistics were left out that prove the ex-Southampton is the better of the two.

No player has successfully dribbled past Van Dijk in the last 12 months, but nine have skipped past Mustafi.


The Liverpool defender concedes an average of 0.58 goals per 90 minutes compared to a whopping 1.34 for the ex-Valencia ace.

He gives away less fouls, wins more balls in the air and a smaller percentage of his touches result in lost possession.

After the post went viral on Twitter, former Arsenal star Kevin Campbell replied: “Only goes to show that stats can LIE BIG TIME!”

Statistics from this season that were not included

Virgil Van Dijk 

  • Duel success: 77 per cent
  • Aerial win percentage: 77 per cent
  • Dribbled past by opponent: 0
  • Goals conceded per 90 mins: 0.58 per cent
  • Fouls conceded per 90 mins: 0.35 per cent
  • Percentage of touches resulting in lost possesion: 10 per cent

Shkodran Mustafi 

  • Duel success: 73 per cent
  • Aerial win percentage: 70 per cent
  • Dribbled past by opponent: 9
  • Goals conceded per 90 mins: 1.34 per cent
  • Fouls conceded per 90 mins: 1.54 per cent
  • Percentage of touches resulting in lost possesion: 16 per cent

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