The French midfielder was stunning in the heart of Arsenal's midfield today.
Arsenal have pulled off a fantastic victory this afternoon, defeating Manchester City 2-0 at The Etihad in a game many were expecting Arsenal to lose.
They have struggled in away games against the big teams in recent times, last season they were thrashed 6-3 by the Premier League champions as their defensive frailties came to the fore.
But rather than go toe-to-toe with City on this occasion, Arsene Wenger tinkered the tactics and it worked with aplomb.
There was little doubt who the star player was. Santi Cazorla has been in great form recently, but today he excelled himself. However, while his superb performance is now well documented, Arsenal fans were also very impressed with the performance of Francis Coquelin.
The Frenchman has performed a fantastic turnaround to his Arsenal career.
Last season he was terrible for SC Freiburg, but spent most of his time on the left wing in the Bundesliga. He recently excelled in the heart of Charlton Athletic's midfield and was subsequently called back from his spell in the Championship to add some steel to Arsenal's midfield.
Today he provided just that. He sat in the deep midfield role and allowed Cazorla and on occasion Aaron Ramsey to go forward with his protective presence assuring the players in front of and behind him.
He was no nonsense, no thrills and no mistakes in the heart of Arsenal's midfield, so is certainly earning his keep back in the Arsenal first-team fold.
Incredible that coquelin was at charlton just a few weeks ago— patrick lynchehan (@patlynchehan) January 18, 2015
Coquelin was incredible. Give him a 20 year contract.— Kai (@GoonerBBK) January 18, 2015
Well Cazorla was incredible. Coquelin was incredible. Discipline from him was amazing. He is just the player in the middle we needed!— Daniel Gibson (@Dan_Gibson365) January 18, 2015
Coquelin has been incredible.— alex (@alexxmitchy) January 18, 2015
Coquelin coming in is like a new signing, the last few weeks he has been just awesome!!!— Philip (@philarsenal81) January 18, 2015
Shout out to Francis Coquelin as well, looked superb today. Showed heart and character too, lovely to see!— Wheeler (@Wheeler__AFC) January 18, 2015
HUGE mention to Coquelin. He was superb today. Defensively as a CDM, exactly what we need. Everyone done their job amazingly today!! :D— Alexis Sánchez (@SarabNanra97) January 18, 2015
Terrific performance from Arsenal. That's the type of performance needed for years. Coquelin very good, did a lot of the dirty work.— Karl Lambe (@KarlLambe) January 18, 2015
Coquelin had a terrific game again. He has read the moves well, good interceptions, timely clearances,made difficult for City to make passes— Gunner (@Gasmuttai) January 18, 2015