Kevin De Bruyne’s insipid passing numbers raise a lot of considerations and we have to wonder if the Manchester City star ever wondered if the Premier League record would be his in a world where José Mourinho put him to the best use at Chelsea “.
De Bruyne’s 11 assists this season in the Premier League – four more than his closest rivals Arsenal’s Bukayo Saki and Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen – give him 97 career assists. This is fifth place in history, two more than Dennis Bergkamp, and 65 (?!) behind record holder Ryan Giggs.
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The 31-year-old Belgian star moved to Chelsea from Werder Bremen at the age of 22 and scored just 425 goals in half a season before being transferred to Wolfsburg. Back in the Bundesliga, De Bruyne provided six assists the rest of the way before scoring 21 goals the following season to prepare for a move to Manchester City.
Since then, he has been Premier League Playmaker of the Season twice, including in 2019/20 with 20 assists, and is close to doing so three out of six. Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard also received the award, which is only five years old.
De Bruyne also led the Premier League in assists in 2016/17, a year before the championship, but the name is on the line.
His stats hint that there’s more to come, as “KDB” generates an insipid 3.61 moments per 90 minutes. After a season in which he scored 15 times and had eight assists, De Bruyne is once again taunting anyone who dares harass him in terms of goal setting (some guy named Erling Haaland helps…).
Take a look at De Bruyne’s brilliant stats and read on to find out who’s chasing him on the Premier League assists leaderboard for the 2022-23 season.
Premier League 2022-23 helps leaders
- Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City – 11
- Bukayo Saka, Arsenal – 7
- Christian Eriksen, Manchester United – 7
- Bernardo Silva, Manchester City – 5
- Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham Hotspur – 5
- Alex Iwobi, Everton – 5
- Andy Robertson, Liverpool – 5
- Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal – 5
- Martin Odegaard, Arsenal – 5
- Ivan Perisic, Tottenham Hotspur – 5
- Andreas Pereira, Fulham – 5
- Granite Xhaka, Arsenal – 5
- Jamie Vardy, Leicester City – 4
- James Maddison, Leicester City – 4
- Marcus Tavernier, Bournemouth – 4
- Kieran Trippier, Newcastle – 4
- Mohamed Salah, Liverpool – 4
- Michael Olize, Crystal Palace – 4
- Kenny Tete, Fulham – 4
- Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa – 4
- Matthias Jensen, Brentford – 4
- Jack Harrison, Leeds – 4
- Morgan Gibbs-White, Nottingham Forest – 4
- Solly March, Brighton & Hove Albion – 4
- Rodri, Manchester City – 4
- Douglas Louis, Aston Villa – 4
- Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United – 4
Arsenal transfer news: The January transfer window will be interesting (and important) for the Gunners as Mikel Arteta’s side are clearly serious contenders for everything the Premier League has to offer.
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After Arsenal finished two points behind Tottenham on consecutive defeats in their 36th and 37th matches and qualification for the UEFA Champions League was almost at an end, Arsenal are leaving nothing to chance . The Gunners are in the lead in the Premier League and are not going to slow down.
With the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona, January 2022) and Alexandre Lacazette (end of contract this summer), Arteta continues to rejuvenate an already stunning attack that includes Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka and captain Martin Odegaard.
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Below we round up the latest deals, reports and rumours, and our analysis of Arsenal’s transfer news as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) guide you through the hectic coming a few months.
Arsenal confirm transfers and signings – January 2023 window
Leandro Trossar – Brighton & Hove Albion ($33.4 million)
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Jan 23 – USMNT star Weston McKenny is linked with a $22-27 million transfer.
According to a report from Gazetta dello SportUSMNT midfielder Weston McKenny is wanted by Arsenal. According to the report, Arsenal are in talks with Juventus and are willing to spend around $22-27 million on McKenny. The American midfielder could be part of a mass exodus from Juventus given the club’s recent unrest as the Italian giant has just been deducted 15 points amid ongoing investigations into the club’s finances and management. The report says McKenny could be traded to finance the arrival of a new winger. McKenny has been linked to Tottenham and other PL clubs for a long time but this move to Arsenal would suit his style of play very well and he would be a great midfielder to replace Xhaka and Partey and his versatility means that he can take a place in the right-back, central defender and elsewhere. (Japan)
Jan 23 – Declan Rice has again contacted Arsenal.
So, Arsenal are definitely trying to sign the central midfielder. And it looks like Declan Rice is their top target this summer. Rice’s contract with West Ham is expiring and while Chelsea and Manchester United also wanted to sign the England international, Guardian says Rice would rather move to Arsenal (JPW)
Jan 21 – Eduardo Camavinga loan talks.
This is a real surprise, isn’t it? According to London Evening StandardArsenal are in talks with Real Madrid about the loan of Eduardo Camavinga. The 20-year-old French international has struggled to become a Real Madrid regular and it looks like he wants more regular games. Will he get it at Arsenal? It’s hard to imagine Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey splitting up, but maybe Camavinga could play with both of them in a more defensive midfield setup? Camavinga is a quality player and if Arsenal can secure this loan deal, it will greatly enhance their options in central midfield. (Japan)
January 20 – Leandro Trossard joins Arsenal.
Newest arrival from North London. pic.twitter.com/utp1apPmmv
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 20, 2023
January 19 – Negotiations with Trossard intensify.
It looks like Leandro Trossard is closing in on a move to Arsenal in January. Brighton and Belgium star Per Fabrizio Romano has agreed personal terms and is just waiting for the Gunners and Seagulls to agree on a transfer fee. Trossard, 28, has fallen out with Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi and is not in their plans. It has been reported that Brighton wants over $33 million for Trossard as he only has six months left on his current contract, but Brighton could also get an extra year so he basically has 18 months left on his current contract. Will this be a good move for Arsenal? Absolutely, 1000 percent yes. Trossard can play several different roles on the wing, midfield and attack, and can also do work as a full-back or full-back. He is versatile, has good ball control and has scored many goals this season. Mikel Arteta needs extra depth in wide areas and Trossard provides it. This will be the key to keeping Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli fresh. This is one of those situations where it is very important for everyone involved. (Japan)
EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal have started talks to sign Leandro Trossar from Brighton, talks are progressing, official offer ready for permanent move. 🚨⚪️🔴 #AFK
Personal terms have already been agreed – negotiations will continue, and the deal will be concluded in the near future. pic.twitter.com/WgiCtz1jG1
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 19, 2023
January 16 – Moussa Diaby main target?
Arsenal are currently linked with a lot of wingers and it looks like Bayer Leverkusen…