Arsenal's Coquelin vs West Brom's Fletcher: One outclasses the other in seven key areas

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Arsenal take on West Bromwich Albion in the season finale at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion in the final match of the season this weekend with both teams havng already succeeded in their respective objectives.

The Gunners head into the encounter without a win in three matches, but a fine 2015 as a whole has seen them secure Champions League football for next season and an FA Cup final date with Aston Villa.

A five-game unbeaten run for West Brom has seen them move safely away from the relegation zone, with midfielder Darren Fletcher being a standout player for the Baggies.

The Scottish international signed for Tony Pulis’s side from Manchester United in February on a free transfer, and his performances has been a key factor in helping the West Midlands outfit to steer clear of trouble.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameDefensive Duels Won per GameAerial Winners per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Francis Coquelin 2.76 3.67 3.19 7.76 2.57 7.86 38.24 21
Darren Fletcher 0.88 1.12 1.04 2.64 0.44 4.48 26.8 25

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former United man has been a dominant figure in the Baggies’ midfield, though he has a tough game ahead of him as he prepares to lock horns with Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin.

The former Charlton Athletic loan star has been a revelation for the Gunners over the past five months, with many renowned figures praising him for bringing the steel back into his side’s midfield.

The 23-year-old outclasses Fletcher in seven key categories, including the average number of tackles, interceptions, ball recoveries and defensive duel winners per Premier League fixture.

Both players will look to win the midfield battle on Sunday, though for Fletcher it could turn out to be a case of damage limitation as the North Londoners look to end the league campaign with a bang.

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