Coquelin, Cazorla and Bentaleb feature as the best midfielders in the Premier League this weekend

A statistical look at this weekend's best midfielders in the Premier League.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin continues to show that he can be the Gunners' long-term answer in defensive midfield with a fine display against Crystal Palace.

Arsene Wenger's men claimed a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park, meaning they now move up into third place in the Premier League table.

Here's a look at the top six midfielders using Opta statistics from this weekend's games - with two Arsenal midfielders leading the way.

  PositionTeamTacklesInterceptionsKey PassesDribblesShots on targetGoalsAssistsTotalMins Played
Francis Coquelin MF Arsenal 5 6 0 2 0 0 0 13 90
Santiago Cazorla MF Arsenal 4 3 0 3 1 1 0 12 90
Muhamed Besic MF Everton 8 0 0 2 1 0 0 11 55
Daley Blind MF Man Utd 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 11 90
Eden Hazard MF Chelsea 2 0 1 7 0 0 1 11 90
Nabil Bentaleb MF Tottenham 3 5 0 0 2 0 0 10 90

The 'total' column is all of the actions combined, and Coquelin graded out with the most in the Premier League this weekend with 13 - aided by a superb defensive performance with five tackles and six interceptions to his name as the Frenchman continues to flouirsh.

In second place is his team mate Santi Cazorla, who opened the scoring from the penalty spot against Palace. The diminutive Spaniard is known for his great dribbling, which was on show again with three successful dribbles, but he's shown his development on the defensive side of the ball with four tackles and three interceptions.

Despite playing just 55 minutes in Everton's clash with Leicester City, Muhamed Besic ranks third - largely because of his eight tackles, protecting the Toffees back four before being substituted in favour of Christian Atsu. The Bosnian gave a great statistical showing, but was sacrificed for a more attacking player as Everton went for the win.

Manchester United struggled in their defeat to Swansea City on Saturday, but Daley Blind fared well with Opta, racking up a whopping nine interceptions as he fared well in holding midfield yet again. The Dutchman is solid if unspectacular, and that continued this weekend, ranking him fourth in the list.

Chelsea's 1-1 home draw with Burnley was shrouded in controversy over Nemanja Matic's red card, but Eden Hazard underlined his credentials for the Player of the Year award, serving as Chelsea's main attacking outlet. He laid on the assist for Branislav Ivanovic's opening goal, and had seven successful dribbles - by far the most of the top six.

Finally, sixth place goes to Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb. Tottenham toiled against West Ham, but Bentaleb gave another strong showing in midfield as he continues to develop under Mauricio Pochettino. With three tackles and five interceptions, the Algerian gave good protection to his back four, scoring ten in overall actions.

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