We’ve listened to the Arsenal fans who said they wanted Wilfred Ndidi to arrive at the Emirates Stadium in the January transfer window and this how the Leicester City midfielder got on after their 0-3 home defeat to Manchester City, the state of Arsenal’s defense and the players charged with protecting the backline is back in focus.
The Gunners look years away from being able to mount a Premier League title challenge of their own. In fact, they face a real battle to secure European football for next season, let alone the Champions League and a top-four finish. Football fanatics from all over the world can buy Premier League Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
Luckily the January transfer window will once again open next month given the Gunners the chance to strengthen their squad in preparation for an assault on the run-in, and fans have already named the players they want to see signed.
RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upemecano topped the poll but Leicester City enforcer Wilfred Ndidi came in second place, highlighting the desire to see another defensive midfielder added to the squad.
What kind of impact could Ndidi make at the club if he signed in January?
To find out we booted up the popular football management simulation game Football Manager 2020 to have a bit of fun and try to predict the future.
Wilfred Ndidi to Arsenal
To set up this simulation, we booted up the Football Manager 2020 editor and arranged for Ndidi to join Arsenal on January 1st for a fee of £80million, using the CIES Football Observatory as a guideline, who suggest his transfer value is between €70-90million.
We then simulated the entire 2019/20 season on the game, to see what kind of impact the Leicester City midfielder could have at the Emirates Stadium. This is what Ndidi’s profile looks like in Football Manager 2020.
So, what kind of impact did he have on his arrival at Arsenal?
Ndidi slotted straight into the center of Arsenal’s midfield, playing mostly alongside Lucas Torreira, in what was an incredibly solid midfield partnership.
The Nigerian international made 28 appearances for the Gunners from January until the end of the season, and despite being signed to offer protection to the back four, the 23-year-old scored six goals and registered five assists for the club, showing off his attacking talents.
His Premier League performances were particularly impressive, scoring five goals and registering two assists in 17 league appearances, with an average rating of 7.32, which is outstanding considering he joined midway through a season.
In the Europa League, Ndidi registered three assists and scored once in nine appearances, with an average rating of 7.34, even better than his league average!
The Leicester City midfielder’s best performances included a Man of the Match performance against Bournemouth at the Emirates in March, in which he scored and registered an assist in a 3-1 win.
Ndidi also scored in their league meeting with Man City at the Emirates in February, in which they produced a great performance to claim a 2-2 draw. But, the Nigerian’s best performance came in Arsenal’s biggest game of the season, the Europa League Final.
Ndidi was Man of the Match in their 2-1 win over Torino in the final, providing an assist for Pepe’s winning goal and producing an excellent performance overall, as Arsenal lifted the Europa League trophy. His excellent performances meant that he featured in the Arsenal best eleven in 2019/20, alongside Torreira in a 4-4-2, with Aubameyang, Lacazette upfront, Pepe and Ozil wide.
In what was an impressive season for the club, Ndidi helped Arsenal concede far fewer goals than the previous year, with only Liverpool and Manchester United conceding more. Ndidi was featured in some of the top-performing individual stats overviews, with the Nigerian featuring fourth in tackles per game.
And fourth in terms of distance covered per 90, adding real bite and work rate to the Arsenal midfield Arsenal finished in fourth place in the Premier League in 2019/20, with the help of Ndidi, finishing above Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
So, Football Manager predicts that Ndidi would come in and make an immediate impact for the Gunners, offering both defensive stability and an attacking threat, leading them to a European title and a fourth-place Premier League finish.
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