Gilberto Silva praises Francis Coquelin's performances for Arsenal

The French midfielder is a key star in Arsene Wenger's side.

Francis Coquelin will be a very important player for Arsenal in the final third of the campaign, Gilberto Silva has predicted to 888 Sport.

The French midfielder has been a key man in Arsenal’s first team since his breakthrough last season, proving to be the defensive midfielder they have been sorely lacking for a number of years.

He was continuing in that vein this season, until a knee injury in November saw him ruled out for several months of the campaign.

He has now returned from that injury and is fighting to regain his first team spot, and the former Gunners midfielder is predicting he will be a big player for them as the season draws to a close.

“He is improving game by game and from last season to this one he is much better,” Gilberto Silva told 888 Sport.

“He is getting to know his position well and that’s important because his role is to allow those up front to play while protecting the back four. He will be very important for Arsenal in the final third of the season.”

“He is a young player and what he’s done for Arsenal in the short time he’s been playing has been great.”

There is no denying that Coquelin will certainly be a welcome face in the Gunners first team now he is back, with the side having sorely missed him in his absence.

Compatriot Mathieu Flamini has stepped up admirably for him in that time, but has struggled to bring the same qualities to that have made Coquelin such a hit.

With him now back though, they will be hoping he can find his form again quickly, especially with a huge game against title rivals Leicester City coming this weekend.

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