Martin Keown seems to have mixed views on Arsenal midfielder 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.
The Frenchman has done relatively well so far, creating two chances and having a pass accuracy of 85% in five Premier League appearances, while winning 55% of the duels.
Coquelin also played an important role in Arsenal’s 2-0 home win against Hull City in the third round of the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The midfielder won eight aerial duels and six interceptions, with Wenger stating that he “has matured a lot”.
Arsenal legend Keown is impressed with Coquelin, but he still holds reservations.
“I think midfield is still an area to strengthen,” the 48-year-old told The Daily Mail when asked which players Arsenal need to sign in the January transfer window.
“Francis Coquelin has done well but he’s now starting when he wasn’t being considered not long ago. You’ve lost Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey but Coquelin has a bit of that all-action style about him.
“But I still think Arsenal need a player that can dominate a game in there, somebody who can create and also defend so well. A young Steven Gerrard would be perfect!”
Keown may not have much faith in the long-term success of Coquelin, but if the Frenchman performs well in the second half of them, then he could well earn a new contract and extend his stay at Arsenal beyond the end of the season.