11 duels won; nine ball recoveries: Yann M'Vila stars for Sunderland

Yann M'Vila

The midfielder was highly impressive in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila was in fine form as his side drew with Arsenal this weekend.

The Black Cats secured a vital point at the Stadium of Light on Sunday as a resolute defensive display saw them earn a 0-0 draw against the Gunners.

The result took Sunderland out of the bottom three for the first time in seven weeks as the relegation battle looks set to go down to the wire.

Key to the result was their overall defensive work and midfielders Yann M’Vila, Jan Kirchhoff and Lee Cattermole played a big part in that.

M’Vila was arguably the best of that trio as he put in a top display in the heart of the midfield.

  MatchWon TackleInterception WonPoss Won Mid 3rdDuel WonBall RecoveryAccurate PassPassing AccuracyTouches
Yann M'Vila Sunderland vs Arsenal 3 3 6 11 9 25 66% 55

As the stats provided by Opta demonstrate, he was heavily involved throughout the game.

He posted 55 touches in total, the second most of any Sunderland player, with every one proving to be successful.

As already mentioned his defensive work was top notch as he managed three won tackles, three interceptions won and a total of 11 defensive duels won.

He was also vital in his side winning the ball back, posting nine ball recoveries and winning back possession in the midfield third six times.

M'Vila's passing was also secure as he completed 25 passes in total and enjoyed a pass success rate of 66% in one of his better displays for the Black Cats.

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