How Francis Coquelin compares to reported Arsenal target Granit Xhaka

The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has been linked with a big money move to the Emirates.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Indeed, it seems that the Switzerland star is set for a big money move to the Emirates, with Sky Germany claiming the Gunners are close to securing a £33million deal.

If he does arrive in the summer, he will provide competition for Francis Coquelin in the defensive midfield position in the side.

The Frenchman has made the role his own since breaking into the team last season, with many feeling he has been the player that Arsene Wenger’s side have been missing for some time.

So, does Xhaka represent an improvement on Coquelin? A look at the stats, courtesy of WhoScored, suggests that Coquelin is actually ahead of his potential rival.

  SeasonWon Tackle per GameInterception
per Game 
Total Clearance
per Game  
Outfielder Block per GameFouls
per Game
Passing AccuracyDispossessed GAME
Francis Coquelin 2015-2016 2.3 3.3




Granit Xhaka 2015-2016 2.5 2.8 1.6 0.4 2.8



Xhaka manages to come out on top when it comes to won tackles per game, posting 2.5 compared to Coquelin’s tally of 2.3.

He also wins on clearances, having posted 1.6 per game compared to the 0.8 managed by Coquelin, as well as just coming out on top when it comes to blocks per game. 

However, the Frenchman then comes into his own as he posts better stats in interceptions per game, fewer fouls per game as well as being dispossessed less per game.

He also enjoys a better passing accuracy, registering a 89% accuracy compared to Xhaka’s 85%.

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