Arsenal's Koscielny vs Swansea's Williams pre-match H2H: One betters other in five key areas

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Arsenal travel to Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Swansea City host in-from Arsenal in an intriguing encounter which will see two of the best Premier League centre-backs in Ashley Williams and Laurent Koscielny go head-to-head.

Wales international Williams has been an instrumental figure for the Swans over the years, playing a key role in helping the club to promotion and later consolidating themselves in the top-flight.

He has, on many occasions, been lauded as one of the best in the league by pundits and observers alike, a fair assessment considering his natural ability and the impact he has on his side.

However, on Saturday he comes up against another superb centre-back in the vastly underrated Laurent Koscielny, in what is expected to be a key battle over the 90 minutes.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameDuels Won per GameAerial Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Ashley Williams 1.4 2.7 6.8 4.2 2 5.2 47 10
Laurent Koscielny 1.13 4.25 4.5 5.88 2.88 9.13 51.38 8

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Koscielny’s rise in status as one of the best centre-backs in Britain can be illustrated by how he outperforms Williams in five key areas.

The France international averages more interceptions, defensive duels won, aerial duels won, ball recoveries and accurate passes per Premier League encounter.

The former Lorient man is such a key figure in Arsene Wenger’s set-up, and his absence in midweek was duly noted as an under-strength Arsenal side crashed to a shock 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Aside from that defeat, however, the North Londoners have been in blistering form of late, with wins and clean sheets against Manchester United and Bayern Munich real standouts.

On Saturday, Swansea will need their skipper Williams to be at the very top of his game.

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