Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin on playing with a protective mask against Queens Park Rangers

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin played with a protective mask against Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has told the club’s official website that he found it “weird” to play with protective mask on against Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old broke his nose during the Gunners’ 2-0 win against Everton at the Emirates Stadium in North London last weekend.

Coquelin featured against QPR in the London derby at Loftus Road with a protective mask, which he has now admitted felt “weird”.

“It was a bit weird with the first couple of headers, because you need to get [the feeling of the mask] out of the way,” the Frenchman told Arsenal’s official website. “After that you can get on with the game - everything is fine.”

Despite the protective mask, Coquelin once again had a great game for Arsenal, helping the North London outfit to a 2-1 victory to maintain their challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

Coquelin held the team together and marshalled the midfield, protecting the back-four while also driving the team forward.

  Total TacklesTackles WonTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesBall RecoveryDispossessedSuccessful Final Third Passes
Francis Coquelin 6 5 47 42 76 10 1 8

As the above Opta Stats table shows, Coquelin played an all-round game in midfield and was truly brilliant.

The Frenchman was probably the best player on the pitch for the Arsenal, and he will have to continue his current run of form for Arsene Wenger’s side to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

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