Paul Scholes: Arsenal duo Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin impressed me v Manchester United

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Arsenal defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Monday.

Paul Scholes has been singing the praises of Arsenal duo Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin for their performance against Manchester United on Monday in The Independent.

The two midfielders started the FA Cup quarter-final tie at Old Trafford and played the entire 90 minutes.

While Cazorla featured in attacking midfield, Coquelin was deployed in a holding role by manager Arsene Wenger.

Spain international midfielder Cazorla had a pass accuracy of 87.8%, put in one cross, had three shots of which two were on target, attempted three dribbles, made six tackles and two clearances.

Meanwhile, Coquelin made four tackles, one interceptions and one clearance, had a pass accuracy of 73.5% and attempted two dribbles.

Former United midfielder Scholes was impressed with both the players’ performances in the 2-1 win for Arsenal and wrote in The Independent: “Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin were the pick of the team in my opinion. I never had them down as so strong. They were quick and aggressive and got the better of United.

“They showed Van Gaal’s team what they were lacking in midfield and, funnily enough, they were not afraid to be direct with their attacks when it suited them.”

Cazorla and Coquelin both have been hugely important in Arsenal’s recent great run of form which has seen them move up to third in the Premier League table.

Former Malaga star Cazorla has scored seven goals and created 59 chances in 27 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 88% and a shot accuracy of 56%.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Coquelin has created two chances in 13 league matches, while having a pass accuracy of 83% and winning 59% of his duels.

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