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Pat Nevin impressed with Francis Coquelin’s display for Arsenal v Manchester City in Premier League

Francis Coquelin’s performance for Arsenal against Manchester City in the Premier League impressed former Chelsea and Everton star Pat Nevin.

Former Chelsea and Everton winger Pat Nevin has been singing the praises of Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin on BBC Sport.

Coquelin has been in impressive form for Arsenal since being recalled from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic last month.

The 23-year-old has established himself as the first-choice defensive midfielder in the team and was superb in that role against Manchester City on Sunday.

The Frenchman had a pass accuracy of 87%, won three tackles and 11 duels, and made 11 effective clearances and as many interceptions in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Nevin was impressed with what he saw of Coquelin in Arsenal’s 2-0 win and told BBC Sport: “Every single Arsenal player worked their socks off and it has won them the game.

“Francis Coquelin, he was shouting as loud as anybody and getting everybody going, his attitude has been superb.”

Coquelin was indeed a force in defensive midfield and was one of the best players for Arsenal against defending Premier League champions City.

The former France Under-21 international seems to be gaining confidence with every game, and perhaps Arsenal have found someone to do the defensive midfield job in the long term.

However, it would be wise not to get carried away. Although Coquelin has been impressive in recent weeks, it remains to be seen whether he can maintain consistency for the rest of the season.

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