Tottenham came from behind to beat their fierce rivals Arsenal in the North London derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday and the game saw two midfielder’s who have burst onto the scene this season go head-to-head as Ryan Mason faced up against Francis Coquelin.
Both 23, Mason and Coquelin have quickly established themselves as key players in the Tottenham and Arsenal starting lineups this season.
The pair are similar in many ways as both love to tackle and break up play before creating chances for those higher up the pitch.
Saturday’s North London derby saw both players face up against each other for the first time but who won the battle statistically?
Stats from the game show that the two were closely matched though Coquelin outperformed the Englishman from a defensive standpoint, making more headers, interceptions and blocks.
Mason did complete more tackles than the French midfielder and also had more shots as he proved to be much more of an attacking threat over the course of the game.
The pair both completed 78% of their passes and have become integral members of the Spurs and Arsenal squads.
Neither would have expected to see as many minutes in the first-team as they have done this season but they have earned their places in the sides and will hope to continue to impress as the season continues.
Spurs moved one point above the Gunners with victory on Saturday and the intense battle for a top four finish looks set to go down to the wire.
Mason and Coquelin have developed into quality midfielders already this season and the duo could meet in many more North London derbies in years to come.
Who impressed more in Saturday’s North London derby – Mason or Coquelin?