Arsenal star Francis Coquelin on the verge of first international call-up

Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin could be set for his maiden French cap this summer.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin could cap his dream campaign at the Emirates with a maiden international cap with France, the Mirror report.

The 23-year-old midfielder started the campaign on loan at Charlton Athletic, where he initially struggled to make an impact at Championship level.

Yet, owing to an apparent injury crisis in North London, Arsene Wenger brought him back early as he was in need of defensive cover for the busy Premier League festive period.

He soon went on to make his first top-flight start in 23 months as the Gunners beat West Ham United, before producing a marvellous, career-defining display in the 2-0 win at Manchester City.

His inclusion in the Gunners’ first-team squad has coincided with the club’s title-winning run of form since the New Year, prompting widespread praise from pundits and observers alike.

France boast a number of top midfield players, such as Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi, but if reports are to be believed, then coach Didier Deschamps is seriously considering Coquelin for the future,

“France have been in contact about a full call-up for midfielder Francis Coquelin after his impressive recent form. Former France Under-21 international Coquelin, 23, has played at five different age groups for his country and now could get a senior cap,” the report states.

  Tackles per GameEffective Clearances per GameInterceptions per GameDefensive Duel Winners per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearancesMins Played
Francis Coquelin 2.95 3.42 3.68 8.21 7.84 19 1,437
Nemanja Matic 2.76 3.52 2.12 8.03 9.06 33 2,913

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Coquelin’s incredible form can be illustrated by his performances in comparison to arguably the Premier League’s best defensive midfielder, Nemanja Matic.

The Gunners ace averages more tackles, interceptions and defensive duel winners per Premier League encounter than the Chelsea star, an impressive feat considering his path to the top.

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