90 touches; 16 ball recoveries: Francis Coquelin proves his worth for Arsenal against Aston Villa

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The Arsenal midfielder was highly impressive in the comfortable win over Aston Villa.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin was in fine form as his side beat Aston Villa this weekend.

Arsenal hosted Villa at the Emirates in the final game of the season looking to secure a win and end the campaign on a high.

They did just that as a hat-trick from Olivier Giroud and a late strike from Mikel Arteta saw them to a comfortable victory.

More importantly, as Newcastle United beat Tottenham Hotspur, the result saw the Gunners finish the season in second and once again above their rivals.

Key was the performance of their midfield, in which Coquelin was in impressive form.

  MatchAccurate PassPassing AccuracyWon TackleInterception WonPoss Won Def 3rdPoss Won Mid 3rdBall RecoveryTouches
Francis Coquelin Arsenal vs Aston Villa 70 92% 1 5 2 8 16 90

As the stats provided by Opta show, he was heavily involved throughout the victory.

He managed 90 touches in total, with just two of those proving to be unsuccessful ones.

His passing was solid, posting 70 accurate passes in total, the second most of any Arsenal player, and enjoying an overall pass success of 92%.

Defensively he was a rock, winning one tackle and five interceptions, as well as winning the ball back twice in the defensive third and eight times in the midfield third.

Ball recovery was where he really shone though, as he managed a mammoth 16 in that regard, in a clear message that he is ready to fight for a first-team place next season.

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