Francis Coquelin's breakthrough season at Arsenal in numbers

Following the conclusion of the Premier League season, we take a look at the stats behind Francis Coquelin's breakthrough campaign.

Few could have envisaged Francis Coquelin's rise to first-team prominence at Arsenal this season.

Following three consecutive seasons on loan, Coquelin found himself as a fringe player at Charlton Athletic, with less than a season remaining on his contract at the Emirates.

However, due to a string of injuries, and a tremendous stroke of luck on Arsene Wenger's behalf, he found himself recalled to the Arsenal set-up.

With one last opportunity to prove himself at the club, he did not disappoint. Indeed, off the back of a series of combative displays in the Gunners midfield, he has become absolutely integral to the first-team

Below is a round-up of some of the more significant figures and stats the Frenchman has recorded over the course of his breakthrough season at the Emirates.

Francis Coquelin has made 22 appearances this season, despite only breaking into the Arsenal first-team set up just before Christmas. In 19 of these fixtures he featured in Arsene Wenger's starting line-up.

The 24-year-old has completed 86% of his passes this term, making him the 10th most accurate player at the Emirates.

He created a mere five chances; only Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta have fashioned fewer key passes. 

Having found success in 85% of his attempted dribbles, no Arsenal midfielder has recorded a greater dribble completion rate than the Frenchman.

Coquelin has won 50 aerial duels since the start of 2015; more than any of his midfield teammates.

Throughout his entire league involvement, the Frenchman weighed in with 155 defensive actions; the fourth best total at the club.

Averaging seven defensive actions per appearance, no Arsenal midfielder has offered greater protection to Arsene Wenger's back-four. 

Since making his first start for the Gunners on December 28th versus West Ham, no Premier League player has recorded more interceptions than the Frenchman (78).

Moreover, throughout this period, only Liverpool's Emre Can (59) has made more tackles (55). 

Coquelin did not make a single defensive error throughout his involvement last term. 

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