Parlour explains a concern he holds over Francis Coquelin

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour has explained a main concern he holds over Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin.

Former Arsenal man Ray Parlour told talkSPORT about his main worry with current midfielder Francis Coquelin.

The Frenchman will be the club’s primary defensive midfielder over at least the first half of the season, with cover provided in the form of the experienced Mikel Arteta.

However, Parlour is worried about the discipline the player has, suggesting that he can lose his head at times during key moments.

“Coquelin has done well there’s no doubt but at times he just loses his composure. You saw it against Palace when he nearly got sent off so he’s got to calm that way,” he told talkSPORT.

A real opportunity

Coquelin has a real opportunity to get stuck into leading Arsenal’s midfield and proving his critics wrong.

He’s a talent but he’s not the finished article and there will be some Arsenal fans who suggest that he should be the back-up holding player, rather than the first choice option.

He’s got to show anyone who holds that thought that they’re wrong, with the form which makes him priceless to the side, as they look to build on the success of two back-to-back FA Cups.

His discipline is an area he needs to stay on top of and work on because it’s something that opponents will look to exploit if they feel they can gain an advantage in the process.

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