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The statistics don't fully reveal Étienne Capoue's ability to dominate opposing players.
Ask Montpellier's Younés Belhanda, who was shut down by Capoue in a 1-1 draw.
Marseille youngster Jordan Ayew was another victim as he was pushed around by Capoue, when Toulouse won 1-0.
Yann M'Vila's statistics are impeccable. He has no weaknesses as a defensive midfielder. Ideally, he needs to get his pass percentage into the high 80s, preferably into the 90s like Leon Britton and Sergio Busquets.
That being said, M'Vila does a great job orchestrating play from a deep-lying position and has sent in some wonderful diagonal passes.
Capoue is a good passer but he needs to be more efficient. What lets him down is his long ball passing, which he only completes 52.7 percent of the time.
Even though Capoue's discipline may be an issue, Patrick Vieira, Arsenal's greatest defensive midfielder, is tied with Duncan Ferguson and Richard Dunne for the most red cards in Premier League history.
Arsène Wenger once said Paul Scholes had a dark side to his game—well, Vieira had the same trait, and so does Capoue.
|League Only ||Capoue ||M'Vila
|Tackles Per Game ||2.8 ||3.1
|Interceptions Per Game ||3.5 ||2.5
|Fouls Per Game ||2 ||0.8
|Yellow Cards ||7 || 2
|Red Cards ||1 || 0
|Passes Per Game ||60.5 ||71.8
|Pass Percentage ||76.5% ||83.2%