Thierry Henry hails 'detective' Coquelin's performance for Arsenal

Coquelin

The Gunners legend has praised the midfielder after another fine performance.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was full of praise for Francis Coquelin on Saturday Night Football according to the Daily Mail. 

The Frenchman played a key part in the Gunners’ 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday, intercepting a pass and setting his team onto the front foot in a move that ended with Aaron Ramsey’s 12th minute winner.

However, it was Coquelin’s all-round performance that led to praise from legend Henry, who named him as his Man of the Match and dubbed him 'the detective', likening him to famous TV character Columbo.

“I thought he was brilliant today,” said Henry.

“He was our Man of the Match. He senses the danger and is there straight away.”

Henry also suggested that Coquelin's several loan spells away from the Emirates have helped his development and led to his successful current run in the side.

Coquelin joined the Gunners in 2008 but has had temporary stays at Lorient, Freiburg and most recently Championship side Charlton.

However he was recalled from his loan with the Addicks earlier in the season amidst a series of injuries in the Arsenal squad, going on to claim the position as the Gunners' holding midfielder, where he has consistently impressed.

'He went away a bit before coming back to Arsenal and maybe that helped him,” added Henry.

“Maybe he realised 'I don't want to go on loan anymore. I want to play and show everyone I can play for Arsenal.' He understood he had to be that type of player to play for Arsenal.”

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