Arsenal's Bellerin vs Sunderland's Yedlin: Which full-back betters the other in four key areas?

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Arsenal take on Sunderland at the Emirates on Saturday.

Arsenal take Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium this weekend in an intriguing Premier League clash.

The Gunners head into the encounter with no wins in three and a threadbare squad due to an unfortunate injury crisis which sees as many as 10 first-team members absent.

The Black Cats, in contrast, go into the match high on confidence after picking up back-to-back victories over Crystal Palace and Stoke City, keeping clean sheets in both.

Two players who are expected to feature are right-backs Hector Bellerin and DeAndre Yedlin, and they may have a huge role to play in preventing the opposition from making headway.

The young defenders have both enjoyed decent seasons thus far, but who has performed better?

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameDef Duels Won per GameEffective Clearances per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Crosses per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
DeAndre Yedlin 2 0.67 5.17 2.83 3.5 0.17 18 6
Héctor Bellerín 1.5 2.08 4.75 2.08 4.08 0.67 36.5 12

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, there isn’t much between them as Bellerin comes out on top in four of the seven key categories, while Yedlin takes the other three.

The Arsenal man averages more interceptions, ball recoveries, accurate passes and accurate crosses per Premier League match, illustrating that he is arguably the better of the two in an attacking sense.

Yedlin, a Sunderland loanee from Tottenham Hotspur, impresses from a defensive point of view and averages more tackles, defensive duels won and clearances per match than his upcoming rival.

Both players will be tasked with cutting out the attacking threat from wide areas and they are both in for a testing afternoon as it’s certainly a focal point for the two teams.

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