Seydou Doumbia is one of several players that
have been linked with a move to both Arsenal and
Chelsea. Here, we take a look at 5 things you need
to know about the CSKA Moscow striker who has
scored 16 goals in the Russian league this season.
Seydou Doumbia signed for Russian club, CSKA
Moscow in the winter of 2010 haven moved from
BSC Young Boys in the Swiss league. In his first
season as a player of the Russian club, he scored
12 goals in 18 appearances; which is not a bad
return. The following season saw the prolific Ivorian
forward score a whopping 37 goals in 55
appearances for his club; making him the highest
goal scorer in the whole of Europe at that time.
The season after was not as productive for the 26
year old as he was side-lined by injury for a long
time; however, he was able to score 4 goals in 9
According to whoscored.com, Doumbia has a
76.5% pass completion rate, which is not a bad
return; even though that can be improved upon
especially if he is considering joining a team like
However, he is not lagging behind in terms of his
ability to make strong passes as his rating is very
high on whoscored.com. Arsenal could hope to
benefit from this area of his game as they have a
lot of players who love to move into key positions
in the team.
One area Arsenal have suffered a great deal this
season is in goal scoring, and the Ivorian
international could be a great asset in that regard.
In the past 3 seasons, Doumbia has scored a total
of 57 goals in 80 appearances for his Russian club.
He is one of the massively underrated strikers in
the world, with the Daily Mail claiming that he is
not even the first choice on the transfer lists of
both Arsenal and Chelsea.
Doumbia also has a strong dribbling ability, good
passing ability, and has the ability to hold on to the
ball, which is another area we could benefit from.
He will not doubt represent an upgrade on what we
have at the moment.
Doumbia, however, rates very low in terms of his
aerial ability and in his ability to support the team