Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has taken to social networking site Twitter to give his reaction to Francis Coquelin’s performance for Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
Coquelin started the Gunners’ Premier League game against Crystal Palace away from home at Selhurst Park and played until the 64th minute.
Coquelin is a baller— Gary Gardner (@22Gards) August 16, 2015
Arsenal won the match 2-1 and bounced back from the 2-0 defeat to West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on the opening weekend of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
The performance of the Gunners against London rivals Palace left much to be desired, with Coquelin struggling to impose himself on the game.
The Frenchman is the first-choice defensive midfielder for Arsenal, but he was far from his best against the Eagles.
The 24-year-old was erratic in his decisions and committed far too many fouls that he should have (four).
However, Coquelin had a pass accuracy of 93%, attempted two dribbles, won 75% of the tackles he made, and made one interception, one clearance and four blocks.