The long-awaited swap deal of Alexis Sánchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has gone through, with the two going opposite ways in a direct exchange. As with every swap deal, both clubs will be under watchful eyes to see who came out on top, especially in a deal this large.
With both players having been officially announced by their new clubs, data courtesy of EA Sports helps to show how the two compare.
Both players have been known for their dribbling skills and the ability to create chances for the sides when moving forward, but once more it's the Chilean who is more successful with his dribbles, completing 40 of his 60 total attempted.
Mkhitaryan also trails in chances created, yet holds the ball better than his counterpart, being dispossessed 1.5 times per match compared to Sánchez's 2.5
|Dribble success rate||66.6%||45.2%|
|Minutes per chance created||29.55||33.25|
Of course, a big factor in how the two get on with their new clubs will be how quickly they can adjust to their new teammates and tactics, which will inevitably impact their outputs. As mentioned above, we can expect Mhkitaryan's passing numbers to rise while at Arsenal, and Alexis may see more assists come his way with his new attacking counterparts at United.
Many believe United may have gotten the better end of the deal by getting a world-class player for no fee, yet Mkhitaryan may be the surprise success in a pass-heavy team. The two will have plenty of chances to prove their worth with Premier League and European football still on the horizon for both clubs.
Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League