Stats say greenhorn Gunner Coquelin is superior to Chelsea's Matic

One’s a greenhorn and the other’s widely regarded as the best defensive midfielder in the English Premier League.

But 23-year-old Francis Coquelin of Arsenal is apparently faring better than Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, according to statistics tabulated by Squawka.

Not only is he outshining the Serbian, he is also outperforming in the crucial categories.

He has won more tackles and aerial duels, as well as made more clearances, interceptions and blocks.

Stats per 90 minutes. Screenshot: Squawka

Arsenal have long lacked a reliable defensive midfielder and in Coquelin, manager Arsene Wenger appears to have stumbled upon the solution.

And the best part?

Coquelin cost the Gunners less than £1 million ($2.02m), while Matic’s return to Stamford Bridge set the Blues back by about £21m.

Source: Squawka via Metro

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