Fans react to Francis Coquelin’s show vs West Brom
It is safe to say that everyone was not on the same page about how Francis Coquelin performed in yesterday’s victory over West Bromwich Albion.
The Frenchman retained his role alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield as Arsene Wenger decided against making too many changes to the team which lost consecutive games at Everton and Manchester City.
For much of Monday’s clash with Tony Pulis’ men, Arsenal had the lion’s share of possession as the away side kept several men behind the ball and defended in numbers.
That frustrating sequence resulted in Coquelin being brought off for Aaron Ramsey after 74 minutes of action with Wenger going for the jugular in the closing stages of the match.
Some felt the Arsenal manager did not need to deploy two holding midfielders against an organized West Brom team.
And here was how they reacted to Coquelin’s display….
Arsenal started to move more forward after Ramsey came in. Coquelin had an overall nothing game. Only side passes.
— Sumit (@arsenalcrest) December 26, 2016
Was a terrible decision to select Coquelin yesterday. I think it was mainly due to Ramsey not being fit for 90mins yet.
— Le King of Banter (@LeKingOfBanter) December 27, 2016
Coquelin is in a similar situation to Giroud. Hard worker, performs well in some aspects, but still holds team back from what they could be.
— Sántï (@goonersanti) December 27, 2016
Guys, please stop saying Coquelin is holding us back. Our best period yesterday (45 to 60 mins) happened with him on the pitch
— Alex (@The_Tsar_Cannon) December 27, 2016
Don't let people fool that Coquelin was shit today. He was good just that it's not his type of game. We needed to attack not defend.
— ♚ Kris ☆♚ (@Santi_Classorla) December 26, 2016