Coquelin v Song: Comparing the two midfielders' league campaigns

Taking a closer look at the Arsenal and West Ham United players' league performances this season.

Francis Coquelin v Alexandre Song: Head to Head: Comparing the Arsenal and West Ham midfielders: 20150526

Arsenal have benefitted from the form of a breakout star this season, with defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin impressing following his return from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic.

The 24-year-old has been a regular for Arsene Wenger’s side since December and it is no surprise that his fine form has seen the North London club enjoy some wonderful results and ultimately finish third in the Premier League.

Prior to Coquelin’s emergence, there was a feeling among some Arsenal fans that they should have moved for their former player Alex Song when he was made available for loan from Barcelona.

Instead it was West Ham United who took the risk and they were rewarded with some brilliant performances in the early months of his stint.

Song could not maintain his high standards for the entire campaign but he still offered much to West Ham and they would not have done so well without him in their side.

So how do the two players’ league performances compare this season?

As you can see above, it was the Arsenal player who came out on top in terms of passing accuracy, successful with 86 per cent of his efforts compared with Song’s 77 per cent.

Coquelin also averaged more interceptions, duels and tackles than his rival, although the West Ham player outperformed him when it came to key passes, goal assists and ball recoveries.

The Arsenal player lost possession considerably less than the West Ham loanee and overall it was Coquelin who enjoyed the better season.

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