Stats: Laurent Koscielny: 100% acc v Newcastle, 5th time of season!

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Is Arsenal star defender the club's new Emmanuel Eboue? Against Newcastle United on Monday evening he was pass perfect.

Six years ago, when Emmanuel Eboue had hit the nadir of his Arsenal career, an article appeared on the club's official website headlined 'Eboue is becoming a pass master'.

For Gunners fans, the article was regarded to be either a misinformed PR-stunt or released in order to boost much-needed confidence in the Ivorian winger. Eboue had been a much-maligned figure at the time and, while he had started the 2008-09 season commendably, there were still glaring flaws in the player's approach.

Fast forward to the present day and Arsenal do genuinely have a pass master as centre back Laurent Koscielny returned a perfect passing performance on Monday, April 28 against Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

Koscielny enjoyed 66 touches on the football with 52 of those being an attempted pass. What was astonishing, though, was that each and every one of those 52 passes found a team-mate, giving the Frenchman a 100% accuracy at the time of the game's conclusion.

Mesut Ozil looked back to his best with a 94% passing accuracy of his own, eight dribble attempts, six chances created and one goal and one assist tallied from 74 minutes which saw him win the match ball, there were also strong performances from Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Santiago Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker.

However, should Koscielny have been awarded the man of the match prize?

  MatchMatchPass AccTotalTouchAerial WonDuel WonClearGoalMin
Koscielny Ars v N'castle 36 100% 52 66 1 1 8 1 90

Koscielny, like Ozil and Giroud, got on the score-sheet versus the Magpies, yet he was also responsible for eight effective clearances on top of his extraordinary passing feat. Combined with Mertesacker, he ensured the Gunners returned to their N5 dressing room with no additional laundry having kept their sheet clean.

What is perhaps even more incredible about Koscielny's passing display is that the Newcastle game was not the first time in the current Premier League season where Koscielny has not misplaced one single pass. Against Liverpool at Anfield and the Emirates, as well as Villa both home and away, Laurent also connected with all of his passes.

  MatchMatchPass AccTotalTouchAerial WonDuel WonClearGoalMin
Koscielny L'pool v Ars 25 100% 34 56 3 8 8 0 90
Koscielny Villa v Ars 21 100% 42 64 2 4 14 0 90
Koscielny Ars v Villa 01 100% 28 36 1 1 3 0 67
Koscielny Ars v L'pool 10 100% 16 27 2 8 2 0 90
Koscielny Ars v N'castle 36 100% 52 66 1 1 8 1 90

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