Diego Carlos has been linked with Premier League outfit Arsenal as the Gunners’ hunt for a quality centre-backs rumbles on. There hasn’t been a shortage of defenders getting linked with Arsenal and Carlos is the newest name to be on Arsenal’s wishlist.
Carlos is a 27-year-old Brazilian centre-back who plays his trade for La Liga outfit Sevilla. He is seen as a solid no-nonsense defender who is best at what he’s primarily expected to do, which is defending.
Shkodran Mustafi has been arguably and rather surprisingly Arsenal’s best defender since Mikel Arteta joined and hence it would only be right if we compare Diego Carlos with the German.
In terms of goal contributions, there isn’t much separating the German and the Brazilian, as is expected, as the Sevilla man has two goal contributions, both goals, while Mustafi has one goal contribution in form of an assist.
Shkodran Mustafi has been far more disciplined than Carlos as he has only got two yellow cards to his all season while Carlos has seven. Defensively, Mustafi is making 1.1 tackles per game while also contributing a combined of 5.9 interceptions and clearances while the Brazilian is making 1 tackle per game with a combined total of 6.1 interceptions and clearances.
Mikel Arteta has a special liking to defenders who can play out from the back and that is one of the reasons why Shkodran Mustafi, who looked like his Arsenal career is over under Unai Emery, made an impressive comeback under the Spaniard.
Mustafi is completing an average of 56.3 passes per game with a completion rate of 81.9%, on the other hand, Diego Carlos is completing 54.3 passes per game with a completion rate of 84.2%. Carlos is also providing 0.3 key passes per game with Mustafi rounds up to 0.2 key passes per game.
All in all, Diego Carlos’s profile would impress everyone at Arsenal, especially the coach, however, a move still looks a distant possibility as the Brazilian is priced too high by Sevilla.