Ian Wright impressed with Francis Coquelin’s display for Arsenal v Manchester City in Premier League


Francis Coquelin’s performance against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday impressed Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

Ian Wright has been singing the praises of Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin in The Sun.

Coquelin has been in impressive form for the Gunners since his early return from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic last month.

The Frenchman has established himself in the defensive midfield role due to the injuries Arsenal have had in that position this season.

The 23-year-old was a star for the North London outfit against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Coquelin 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, which ended in a 2-0 win for Arsenal.

Wright was impressed with what he saw of Coquelin and named him as his Player of the Weekend for The Sun.

“It has to be Francis Coquelin for the way he inspired Arsenal to that crucial away win against Manchester City,” the 51-year-old explained.

“It’s hard to believe that it was less than two months ago that he was on loan at Charlton in the Championship because he has made such an impact since being recalled to the Emirates by Arsene Wenger.

“The young Frenchman is not the biggest but there is a real sting in his tackle and he has the discipline and defensive awareness which Arsenal have needed in their midfield for a very long time.”

While it cannot be denied that Coquelin has been truly brilliant in defensive midfield in recent matches, one should not get carried away.

There is a reason why the Frenchman was not part of the first team at the start of the season, and there is a reason why he is still relatively unproven (and perhaps unknown) at the age of 23.

It is only due to injuries to players in defensive midfield that Wenger recalled Coquelin. Jack Wilshere was going to play that role until he got injured, while Mikel Arteta is still sidelined.

This does not take away anything from Coquelin’s performances in recent weeks, but it remains to be seen if he can continue to play the way he is playing for the rest of the season.

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