Arsenal ace Francis Coquelin put in a terrific display as he dominated former Tottenham Hotspur duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore during his side’s 3-1 win at Hull City.
However, two Alexis Sanchez goals and an Aaron Ramsey strike sealed the game as a contest long before Stephen Quinn fired in a second-half consolation for the Tigers.
The Gunners’ front players will undoubtedly receive the plaudits for yet another ruthless display, but they were afforded the freedom to get forward due to the excellent work by the defensive-minded Coquelin.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 23-year-old ran the midfield - such was his dominance, home manager Steve Bruce was forced into hauling former Spurs star Jake Livermore off at half-time.
Coquelin produced five tackles, nine defensive duel winners, three interceptions and eight ball recoveries as he protected his defensive with such calmness and assurance.
Furthermore, he instigated attacks by constantly providing the defence with an option and distributing with ease – illustrated by his impressive 76 touches and 56 accurate passes.
Considering Coquelin struggled to nail down a regular first-team spot while previously on loan at Charlton Athletic, his progress since the start of the year has been stunning.
The victory was Arsene Wenger’s side’s ninth in 10 Premier League matches, the best run of form in the top-flight and one which will breed confidence ahead of a likely title challenge next season.