Arsene Wenger says that Francis Coquelin, who signed a new five year deal with the club yesterday, has improved technically as a player over the last couple of seasons, and picked him out as the one with the most impressive defensive stats.
The 24 year old’s Arsenal career looked like it was almost over when he was sent on loan to Charlton, but an injury crisis opened the door for him and he’s never looked back since.
Speaking yesterday, the manager said, “He has the best defensive statistics [at the club], his defensive numbers are outstanding.
“He has improved a lot and he is one of the players with the quickest speed in terms of passing – the time between him getting the ball and passing it is one of the shortest.
“He’s capable, we want to move the ball faster than anyone and he’s part of that.
“Technically I believe he has made tremendous strides forward compared to two or three years ago because he’s focused every day.”
Coquelin is currently sidelined with a hamstring strain, picked up in the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth, with the manager set to give a further update on his potential comeback at his press conference this morning.