Pat Nevin reserves special praise for Arsenal's Francis Coquelin

Francis Coquelin

Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin was praised during the Community Shield.

Ex-Chelsea hero Pat Nevin told the BBC that Arsenal star Francis Coquelin stood out in the Community Shield, labelling the French midfielder outstanding.

The Gunners triumphed over their London rivals 1-0 thanks to a fantastic Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike midway through the first half and then some solid defending at the back.

It was a tight affair, and one which has commonly fallen in the favour of the Blues in years gone by. However, this is a different Arsenal team altogether, one with a real sense of togetherness.

Aside from their wealth of attacking talent, Arsene Wenger’s side have solidarity through their spine and Sunday’s hard-fought performance and was epitomised by the popular Coquelin.

The former Charlton Athletic loan star adds that much-needed protection in-front of the back four, with his tenacious tackling and excellent covering picked up by BBC pundit Pat Nevin.

“Eden Hazard has done very little so far for Chelsea. And the player who has really stood out for me is Arsenal's Francis Coquelin. He has been outstanding. He just keeps growing and growing as a player,” Nevin explained, commentating on the game for the BBC.

  TacklesInterceptionsEffective ClearancesTouchesAccurate PassesPass Success Rate %Mins Played
Francis Coquelin 1 3 2 49 39 89.7% 90

As per the table above, the 24-year-old was an imposing figure in the Gunners’ midfield and he helped provide a platform in attack, distributing the ball carefully and precise.

Coquelin posted two clearances, three interceptions and an extremely impressive 89.7% pass completion rate – the highest tally of any player who participated in Sunday’s final.

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