Arsenal's Francis Coquelin makes SkySports pundit's comments look ridiculous


Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin starred in the win over Bayern Munich.

Arsenal star Francis Coquelin made a mockery of pre-match claims he was not good enough to play in big European matches.

Former West Ham defender Tony Gale had told SkySports Soccer Special on Tuesday evening that he had doubts over Coquelin's suitability for a team hoping to win trophies.

He said: "Coquelin is a good player, but is he good enough to be a top four player and Champions League? I'm not so sure."

Ignoring the fact the Frenchman played a key role in helping the Gunners secure a top four finish in the Premier League last season, this time around he has been an integral part of the side, who currently sit second in the table.

Last night as the defensive midfielder up against a freescoring Bayern side, he proved his worth as the Gunners kept a clean sheet in a memorable 2-0 win.

Coquelin was kept busy as Bayern had more than 70 per cent possession, winning two tackles - the same number as Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla combined. 

He kept his composure with an 88 per cent pass completion rate, and in his position he is by far and away Arsenal;s best option - particularly in big games.

The 24-year-old really could not have done more this season since breaking into the team, and while he may not have the reputation of a big money signing, he deserves praise rather than scepticism.

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