Yann M'Vila has no clear weaknesses as a defensive midfielder. How many seasons has he played? Just three.
It took Claude Makélélé eight seasons before he made it big by signing for Real Madrid.
When Patrick Vieira made his first PFA Team of the Year, he had played seven seasons of professional football.
M'Vila is young, is physically impressive, possesses high football IQ and undoubted pedigree.
So it makes perfect sense for Arsenal to sign M'Vila, but do Arsenal supporters know they have an exact clone of M'Vila in their squad? His name is Francis Coquelin.
|League Only ||Tackles Per Game ||Interceptions Per Game ||Tackles Per Foul ||Pass %
|M'Vila ||3.1 ||2.5 ||3.7 || 83.2
|Coquelin ||3.2 ||1.9 ||6.4 || 84.7
Bear in mind that Coquelin played a fraction of M'Vila's minutes and played several games at full-back.
Coquelin needed just 10 minutes to complete every single one of his 20 passes against Wigan Athletic.
Not only does he demand the ball, but he's an unbelievably clean tackler.
Please read 8 Realistic Attacking Midfielders That Arsenal Should Sign.
Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com.