Martin Keown explains why he feels sorry for Coquelin... slams Arsenal duo


The pundit has been discussing the Gunners following another sorry showing at Manchester United.

Former Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown feels sorry for Francis Coquelin, according to the Daily Mail.

Indeed, the pundit believes the Frenchman is aware of his defensive responsibilities even when he makes a mistake - unlike some of his team-mates...

And Keown told the Mail after the north London side's 3-2 reverse at Manchester United: "For the second I feel sorry for Francis Coquelin. He gave the ball away but he knows his defensive responsibilities and tried to recover. Meanwhile, his midfield team-mates were not interested in defending."

But Keown was not so sympathetic towards Coquelin's fellow central midfielder Aaron Ramsey - or centre-back Gabriel Paulista.

The former defender feels the Arsenal duo were culpable for two of Manchester United's goals, slamming their lack of defensive awareness.

He explained: "For United’s first they deserve credit for hitting an early cross that caught out Arsenal. But the centre backs were too far apart and Gabriel did not move until the ball was on its way.

"Aaron Ramsey is great at sniffing out attacking opportunities but he did not sense the defensive threat and the United midfield could gallop forward with Ander Herrera in acres of space. It was far too easy."

As many pundits have commented, Arsenal fans probably feel like it's Groundhog Day.

Those that believe in Arsene Wenger must surely accept there will never be any Premier League success with him at the helm if he can't sort his team out this season (which looks unlikely).

The same old tactical mistakes and the same old lack of desire and willpower is affecting the Gunners no matter who they play and how many members of their squad are fit.

That can only come down to Wenger.

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