Burnley one of our toughest recent opponents, says Arsenal star Coquelin

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin was complimentary of Burnley after his side emerged 1-0 winners at Turf Moor.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin says Burnley are one of the most difficult opponents they have faced in recent weeks following the Gunners’ hard-fought 1-0 win at Turf Moor, the BBC reports.

It was the Gunners’ eighth straight Premier League victory, though for long periods it appeared an equaliser was on the cards following Aaron Ramsey’s early opener.

The Clarets pushed the North Londoners throughout and made a mockery of their current Premier League standing with a solid performance.

After the game Arsene Wenger heaped praise on his defence for remaining strong, while defensive midfielder Coquelin also acknowledged his side had been in a tough battle.

"It was probably one of the hardest victories in this run. Lots of teams have dropped points here and they played direct football, but I think we coped well,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Coquelin had to be at the top of his game as Sean Dyche’s men searched for a second-half equaliser, and he was another player to emerge from the game with great credit.

  TacklesInterceptionsEffective ClearancesDefensive Duels WonBall RecoveriesMins Played
Francis Coquelin 2 11 2 4 9 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Frenchman was also in fine form defensively – recording 11 interceptions, four defensive duel winners and nine ball recoveries.

The former Charlton Athletic loan star has been a key player for the Gunners since his introduction at the beginning of 2015, and he credits the Championship side with helping rebuild his confidence.

"I always knew that I could do a job for the team, I just needed a chance to show it. The loan spell at Charlton really helped me get my confidence up,” he added.

The victory was the Gunners’ 15th league success in their past 17 matches - a run which has taken them to within just four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with six games remaining.

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