Two Spanish goalkeepers Kepa Arrizabalaga and David De Gea are not having a good season so far. Both the goalkeepers have made few errors which have let their team down in crucial moments. Representing top clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United, it becomes important for the goalies to be on top of their game.

Here we will analyze who has been better between the two in the Premier League, so far this season (based on the stats on whoscored.com)-

1. Number of Clean Sheets:

Kepa Arrizabalaga has kept four clean sheets so far out of 18 matches in the Premier League. On the other hand, David De Gea has kept only two clean sheets in the same number of matches. So, Kepa is slightly ahead of De Gea in terms of clean sheets.

2. Number Of Goals Conceded Per Game:

Kepa Arrizabalaga has conceded 1.4 goals per game so far in the Premier League in 2019/20 season. On the other hand, David De Gea has conceded 1.2 goals per game. So, David De Gea is slightly ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga in terms of the number of goals conceded per game.

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3. Saves Per Game:

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s saves per game are 1.8 so far. The success percentage is 57 percent. David De Gea’s saves per game are 2.8 and the success percentage is 70 percent. So, in this context also David De Gea is ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga this season.

4. Passing Success Percentage And Aerial Duels Won:

Kepa Arrizabalaga has successfully completed 77.7 percent of passes. On the other hand, David De Gea has successfully completed 71.7 percent of passes. So, according to ball distribution, Kepa Arrizabalaga is slightly ahead of David De Gea.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has won 0.1 aerial duels per game. On the other hand, David De Gea has won 0.2 aerial duels per game. So, David De Gea is ahead here because of his good height.

5. Tackles And Interceptions Per Game:

Kepa Arrizabalaga has won 0.1 tackles per game and his number of interceptions per game has been 0.1. However, David De Gea has not registered any tackles or interceptions so far in this season.

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6. Clearances And Dribbled Past Per Game:

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s number of clearances per game is 0.3. On the other hand, David De Gea’s number of clearances per game is 0.4. So, David De Gea is ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga in this context.

Kepa has been dribbled past two times so far this season which is not a good sign for any goalkeeper. On the other hand, David De Gea has not been dribbled past a single time this season.

7. Average Number Of Passes And Long Balls Per Game:

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s average number of passes per game is 29.9 this season so far. On the other hand, David De Gea’s average number of passes per game is 20.7. So, Kepa Arrizabalaga has been way better than David De Gea in this context.

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Kepa’s number of long balls provided per game is 4.3 and David De Gea’s number of long balls provided per game is 2.7. So, Kepa is better than David De Gea in this context too.

According to the whole analysis, it has been clear that both of them are not having a great season. It will be interesting to see who gets the start for Spain in the upcoming European Championship next year.

Author Name: Soumik Datta