Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta appreciative of Francis Coquelin

Mikel Arteta is full of praise for Arsenal teammate Francis Coquelin.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has been singing the praises of teammate Francis Coquelin.

The 23-year-old defensive midfielder was recalled from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic last month due to the current injury problems at the Gunners.

Coquelin has been afforded playing time by manager Arsene Wenger since his return to the Emirates Stadium, and the Frenchman has done relatively well, creating two chances and having a pass accuracy of 85% in five Premier League appearances, while winning 55% of the duels.

Captain Arteta has acknowledged the Frenchman’s contribution and told the official matchday programme: “Francis deserves a lot of credit because he hadn’t played with us for a while.

“He’s been on loan to come back like this, settle into the side against difficult opponents and perform in the way he has, with aggressiveness and commitment, has been top drawer.”

Coquelin has been on the books of Arsenal since 2008, but he has never really been rated as someone who could become a truly great player.

Until now, there have been better players in the team, which made it tough for the former France Under-21 international to get a run of games for the North London outfit.

Now that he is getting his chances, Coquelin should make the most of them. Wenger continues to maintain that he will not sign a defensive midfielder; perhaps his compatriot could prove to be the long-term solution in that department.

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