Arsenal's Coquelin vs Crystal Palace's McArthur H2H: How does linked midfielder compare with key first-teamer?

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur.

HITC revealed during the week that Arsenal are weighing up a January move for Crystal Palace star James McArthur, as they seek a replacement for midfielder Francis Coquelin.

The Gunners have been dealt massive injury blows in the past couple of weeks as regular midfield partners Santi Cazorla and Coquelin have both been ruled out for up to three months.

With a genuine lack of quality in reserve, the North Londoners could be forced to dip into the transfer market in January as they seek to challenge for the Premier League title come May.

Palace midfielder McArthur has been sounded out as a rather surprising option, but how does he compare with Coquelin on performances in general this season?

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameDef Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Francis Coquelin 2.58 2.67 0.92 7.08 8.08 61.92 42.92 12
James McArthur 1.71 2.36 0.86 4.29 6 53.07 35.07 14
Mathieu Flamini 0.6 1 0.4 2.2 2.6 38.8 25 5

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the two players post a number of impressive results of the seven key categories, but Coquelin comes out on top in all seven.

The French star averages more tackles, interceptions, effective clearances defensive duels won and ball recoveries per match, despite his team arguably having less defending to do overall.

Moreover, Coquelin is seemingly more comfortable in possession as he averages more touches and accurate passes than McArthur per Premier League encounter.

That said, the Palace midfielder still records a number of impressive figures and there doesn’t actually appear to be too much difference between the two – a comforting sign for Arsenal.

A number of Gunners supporters have scoffed at the speculation linking their team with the Selhurst Park favourite, yet given their injury record they can’t afford to be too picky.

After all, McArthur posts remarkably betters results than Arsenal’s fellow alternative Mathieu Flamini.

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