Head-to-head: Spurs' Mason v Arsenal's Coquelin, who has been better this season?

Ryan Mason v Francis Coquelin: Head to Head: Who has been more impressive this season?: 20150227

Tottenham's Ryan Mason and Arsenal's Francois Coquelin have impressed this season.

Ryan Mason v Francis Coquelin: Head to Head: : 20150227

Ryan Mason and Francis Coquelin have become two of the success stories for North London duo Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal this season.

Both players have been on loan in recent times and, at 23-years-old, looked unlikely to make the grade at their respective clubs. But as this season has progressed, Mason and Coquelin have found themselves integral members of not just their club's squad, but their first team.

Mason only made his league debut for Spurs this season, six years after his first appearance for the club, starting in the draw with Arsenal in September and proving himself a vital part of Mauricio Pochettino's midfield ever since.

Coquelin has, on the other hand, long been in and around the first team at Arsenal, and already has a couple of seasons under his belt where he made 17 appearances or more. The Frenchman was, however, to return from a short spell at Charlton this term and slot straight into the Gunners defensive midfield spot, a position long held as a problem area for Arsene Wenger.

We compare statistics for the two players, and see who has impressed most in the 2014-15 season.

  TeamTotal Att AssistGoal AssistPassing AccuracyAccurate Pass GAMEDuel WonTouches GAMEWon TackleInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Ryan Mason Tottenham 16 2 81.84% 40.35 101 63.79 49 22 19 1399
Francis Coquelin Arsenal 2 0 83.13% 30.45 92 54.64 26 37 11 732

Though Mason has more minutes under his belt than Coquelin, the Englishman has impressed with his passing accuracy and the development of his game as a midfielder capable of both defensive and attacking work.

Mason has made 16 attempted assists this season, with two resulting in goals, while Coquelin has just two attempts to his name. The Arsenal man boasts a marginally better passing accuracy, and has impressed with the number of interceptions he has made, a huge 37 compared to Mason's 22, while also doing well when it comes to duels for possession.

Tottenham's home-grown star does get more involved in games than Coquelin, making more passes and having more touches than the former French Under-21 player. Mason's ability to tackle opponents is also impressive, positing stats comparable to the more defensive minded Arsenal midfielder - taking into account the minutes played by the two.

However, Coquelin has also done well since coming into the Gunners side earlier this year. Considering how often defensive midfielders at Arsenal tend to contribute to attacking moves, it is no surprise to see Arsenal's goals against record improve with Coquelin's inclusion in the team, given that he is happy to do the dirty work in the middle of the park and not get sucked into attacks.

Both players have performed well this season, as the stats show, with each impressing in their differing midfield roles, and it is likely the debate on who is better will be fiercely fought by both sets of supporters.

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