Francis Coquelin has a game to forget against Swansea

One of Arsenal's key men this season under-performed against Swansea City.

Things did not go according to plan for Arsenal on Monday evening when the North London club lost 1-0 to Swansea City.

A late goal from Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis sealed the win for Garry Monk’s side and ensured Arsenal will head into the weekend fixture against Manchester United knowing third-place is far from guaranteed.

A few Arsenal players were below their best at the Emirates Stadium but perhaps the most noticeable of those was Francis Coquelin.

The defensive midfielder has been brilliant since returning to the club from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic, to such an extent that he is now one of the first names on Arsenal’s team-sheet.

But the 23-year-old had a match to forget against Swansea and manager Arsene Wenger opted to substitute him in the 67th minute.

  DispossessedPossession LostTackles WonEffective ClearancesEffective Headed ClearancesAerials WonInterceptions WonMins Played
Francis Coquelin 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 67

Coquelin may have only been dispossessed once all evening but that was about his only redeeming factor.

He gave the ball away six times, failed to make a single effective clearance and did not win any tackles in over an hour on the field. The Arsenal player also failed to win any aerial battles and was only successful with one interception.

In short, it was no surprise Wenger opted to replace him with Jack Wilshere. But while he may have fallen short of his recent impressive level, this is likely to have been a mere anomaly rather than a sign of things to come.

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