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Aaron Ramsey highlights Francis Coquelin’s qualities for Arsenal

Francis Coquelin has been a revelation for Arsenal since the turn of the year.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has hailed his teammate Francis Coquelin for excelling at the simple aspects of the game and protecting the back four, The Sun report.

The former Charlton Athletic loanee has been a revelation for the Gunners since the turn of year, putting in a number of excellent performances.

For the past few years pundits and observers alike have constantly pinpointed Arsene Wenger’s midfield as a weakness, criticising its lack of pressure out of possession and inability to shield those behind it.

Calls for an expensive addition have ensued, but the introduction of Coquelin since the New Year has silenced even the most ardent critics.

Speaking ahead of the Gunners’ North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur, Ramsey picked out the Frenchman for praise and told reporters how important his qualities are to the team.

“We’ve been guilty of being a bit too open in the past against the bigger teams. We were having a lot more possession and attacking on every occasion,” Ramsey explained to The Sun.

“Francis has done a very good job for us so far. He screens the back four really well. He gets stuck in.

“He has been winning the ball back for us in dangerous areas and giving it to other players who can then go on to attack.”

Coquelin’s standout performance came at the Etihad Stadium as the Gunners put in a fabulous defensive shift as they downed reigning Premier League champions Manchester City 2-0.

He is all-but assured to start the North London derby at White Hart Lane and Wenger will be hoping he can produce another solid showing in what is widely tipped to be a very heated atmosphere.

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