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Francis Coquelin

Young French midfielder Francis Coquelin featured for Arsenal across all competitions last season.

A tigerish defensive midfielder with good acceleration and composure on the ball, his promising progress continued as he passed the 40-appearance mark for the Gunners. Starting all three Capital One Cup games, he also enjoyed a fine 90 minutes in the FA Cup win over Swansea and impressed in the Champions League group stage victory against Olympiacos. In addition he made three Premier League starts.

Francis Coquelin Profile

Born May 13, 1991
Laval, France
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 34
Previous Club(s) Freiberg (loan), Lorient (loan)
Arsenal Debut September 23, 2008

Francis also went on a one-month loan spell to Charlton Athletic at the start of the 2014/15 season and returned to Arsenal with valuable first-team experience, slotting straight back into Arsene Wenger's team.

Well known for his versatility, having also played in both full-back positions, Francis arrived from Laval in 2008 and was an FA Youth Cup winner in his first season as an Arsenal player. He debuted for the first team in the 6-0 Carling Cup win over Sheffield United in September 2008. He enjoyed a highly productive season on loan with French Ligue 1 side Lorient in 2010/11, with his achievements including a dramatic goal in the local derby against Rennes.

Francis has represented his country throughout the youth levels, and was a UEFA Under-19 Championship winner in 2010 – starting four of France’s five games. He also competed in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2011.

Francis Coquelin's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008-2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 1 0 0 0 0 + 1 0
2009-2010 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 + 1 0 0 0 2 + 1 0
2011-2012 6 + 4 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 13 + 4 0
2012-2013 3 + 8 0 3 + 3 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 11 + 11 0
2014-2015 15 + 3 0 2 0 3 + 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 + 4 0
Total 24 + 15 0 6 + 3 0 9 + 1 0 8 + 2 0 0 0 47 + 21 0

My Year

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12

August

Francis did not feature for the first team in August, having returned from last season’s loan spell at Freiburg.

September

Francis showcased his versatility again when he played 90 minutes at left-back against Southampton in the Capital One Cup. He was also an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory at Villa Park and their draw against Spurs.

October

Francis was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s October clashes with Galatasaray, Chelsea and Hull City.

December

Francis was recalled from his Charlton Athletic loan at the start of the month, having played five games for the Addicks. The French midfielder was initially used as a substitute in the final 10 minutes to help Arsenal secure points on three occasions, but was trusted to his first start since January 2013 when he played the full 90 minutes against West Ham United. Speaking after the West Ham win, Francis said: “It’s been a long time for me without [starting] in the Premier League, but I think the loan at Charlton was very good for me and helped me a lot. I got a lot of games under my belt, and I’d like to thank Charlton for that.”

January

Francis continued to impress in January, playing the full 90 minutes in four games for Arsene Wenger’s side. Speaking ahead of the Brighton & Hove Albion match, the manager said: “He took the challenge, he came back and since I have played him, he is doing well. You look just at what happens on the pitch. Win the ball and make a good pass, in his position that is important.”

February

Francis played five games in February, completing 90 minutes on three occasions and helping Arsenal keep a clean sheet against Aston Villa. The midfielder also signed a new contract with the club. Speaking ahead of the Tottenham game, Francis said: ““I’m really pleased, I’ve been here since 2008 so it feels like a second home for me. It wasn’t really a tough decision, I have been here long enough and I know everyone here.”

March

Francis was a mainstay in Arsene Wenger’s side throughout March, starting all six games and completing the full 90 minutes on four occasions. Speaking after the Manchester United win, Jack Wilshere said: “I think there's much more to come from him as well. He's a great defensive midfielder, but going forward he was always a threat in the youth team. I think he can score goals too.”

August

Francis made his debut for Freiburg in the 3-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. Two weeks later he was sent off in their high scoring draw with Hoffenheim after he was booked twice in the space of a minute just before half-time.

September

Francis made five appearances in a difficult month for Freiburg as they dropped to 17th in the Bundesliga table.

August

Francis did not feature in August. "I am here in the first team and have been since last season,” said the young Frenchman. “Now I want to push on and be in the starting XI. I just want to play as much as football as I can. Last season the manager showed faith in me and now I have to show him that he can carry on in this way, that I have the qualities to play for Arsenal."

September

Francis made four appearances in September, producing a series of tidy performances at the heart of midfield.

October

Francis started both of Arsenal’s Champions League matches in October. The French midfielder was named Man of the Match for a battling display in the home loss to Schalke.

November

Francis featured largely as a substitute in November, coming off the bench four times. He started the game against Fulham.

December

Francis featured six times in December, missing only the defeat at home to Swansea. “We started really well, we had a great first half and when you are winning 1-0 away you want to hold on to the result,” he told Arsenal Player following the loss against Olympiacos. “We dropped a little bit and they scored two goals, so we are really disappointed. It is a tough place, but let's not forget we are Arsenal Football Club and when you come here, everyone wants to win [against you]. We could have come back with a win so we are very frustrated.”

January

After starting and impressing against both Swansea City and Chelsea, Francis’ month was curtailed when he picked up a hamstring injury.

February

Francis made one appearance in February, starting at right back against Blackburn Rovers.

March

Francis was an unused substitute in all of Arsenal’s fixtures in March, though he did start for the under-21s in their last-gasp victory against Manchester United at Underhill.

April

Francis featured once in April, coming on in the 89th minute to help see out victory against West Bromwich Albion. The midfielder completed 90 minutes of action as Arsenal Under-21s were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur.

May

Francis was in the Arsenal squad on one occasion during May. The midfielder was an unused substitute in the victory at Queens Park Rangers.

November

Francis featured once during the month, playing the full match as Arsenal bowed out of the Carling Cup against Manchester City.

December

Francis was a regular in Arsene Wenger's first-team squad, filling in at right back in the victory over Aston Villa and starting in Greece for the defeat against Olympiacos. The midfielder also played on the left side of the defence against QPR, replacing Thomas Vermaelen as a second-half substitute.

January

Francis featured twice for the Gunners at the start of the month, although he pulled his hamstring in the second game against Leeds. He returned to action against Aston Villa in the FA Cup. The French midfielder also signed a new long-term contract with the Club.

February

Francis played twice in the course of the month, but sustained an injury early in the FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Sunderland.

March

Francis continued to recover from a hamstring injury.

April

Francis recovered from a hamstring injury to rejoin the squad towards the end of the month. Although he did not make an appearance, the young Frenchman was on the bench for matches against Chelsea and Stoke.

May

Francis returned to the first-team set-up for Arsenal's final two matches of the season. He filled in at right back against Norwich when Bacary Sagna was injured and started at the heart of midfield in the final-day victory over West Brom.