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Francis Coquelin

An aggressive, indefatigable central midfielder and intelligent reader of the game, Francis has become proved his worth to Arsenal over the past two campaigns for Arsenal, and now has more than 100 appearances to his name.

The France youth international continued where he left off in 2014/15 by winning Arsenal's Player of the Month award for August, and went on to appear 35 times in all competitions.

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

As feisty and tenacious as ever, Francis added another element to his game in 2015/16, combining his tough-tackling approach with more incisive passing and surging forward runs as he adapted to new midfield partnerships with Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny.

It was a long journey to the first team for Francis though. After joining Arsenal from French club Laval shortly after his 17th birthday in 2008, the midfielder made his debut later that year and displayed his versatility by often appearing at right back in the Gunners’ youth and reserve sides.

After winning the FA Youth Cup in 2009, Francis had loan spells with Lorient (2010/11), Freiburg (2013/14) and Charlton Athletic (2014) before he returned to north London and instantly cemented a place in the starting XI. His excellent form was rewarded when he lifted the FA Cup in 2015 – the first senior honour of his club career.

A France youth international at every level from under-17 to under-21, Francis lifted the UEFA Under-19 Championship as captain in 2010, also earning a place in the team of the tournament. He then starred at the Under-20 World Cup in 2011, helping Les Bleus to fourth place.

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 19 + 3 0 2 0 4 + 1 0 1 0 0 0 26 + 4 0
2015-2016 21 + 5 0 4 + 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 29 + 7 0
2016-2017 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 51 + 20 0 10 + 5 0 13 + 1 0 8 + 2 0 1 0 83 + 28 0

My Year

  • 2016/17
  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12

August

Francis played twice in August against Liverpool and Leicester City, and helped the Gunners keep a clean sheet against the latter.

July

Francis started the wins against a Singapore Select XI and Lyon, and also appeared as a substitute in the Barclays Asia Trophy final against Everton.

August

Francis continued to produce solid performances in all of Arsenal’s five matches during August. Speaking ahead of the Newcastle game, Arsene Wenger said: “Coquelin has [some of] the best defensive statistics and numbers in Europe. You watch football like I watch football and you will see that, defensively, Coquelin is doing a great job.”

September

Francis played four times in September. The midfielder started in the 2-0 win at Stoke City and made a crucial tackle in the build-up to Theo Walcott’s opener. He picked up a knock during the game at Chelsea but returned against Olympiacos the end of the month.

October

Francis played five times during October. The midfielder played an important part in the games against Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Watford, Swansea City and Everton.

November

Francis played three times during November before he picked up an injury at West Brom. The midfielder also featured against Tottenham and Bayern Munich.

December

Francis did not play during December.

January

Francis made his return to football against Burnley in the FA Cup after a two-month absence. The midfielder played 70 minutes of the 2-1 win against the Clarets. Speaking after the game, Arsene Wenger said: “He looked quite comfortable and without any problems.”

February

Francis played five times during February against Southampton, Bournemouth, Leicester City, Barcelona and Manchester United.

March

Francis played five times in March, helping the Gunners keep a clean sheet against Everton. The midfielder was sent off in the 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

April

Francis featured five times in April and played against Watford, West Ham, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Norwich.

May

Francis played twice in May and helped the Gunners keep a clean sheet against Aston Villa on the last day of the season.

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.”

April

Francis continued to impress throughout April as a key figure in Arsene Wenger’s team. The French midfielder started all four games and helped the Gunners reach back-to-back FA Cup finals. Speaking after the Burnley game, Arsene Wenger said: “First of all he’s shown his individual quality winning the ball and passing it quickly, and he’s very strong in the challenges. He also contributes to the balance of the team and that’s very difficult to measure. You know that the balance of the team sometimes depends on one player who has some characteristics that the others don’t. He looks like he has hugely contributed to that.”

May

Francis played five times in May and helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet in their FA Cup final win against Aston Villa. Speaking afterwards, the French midfielder said: “It’s hard to believe. Six months ago I was at Charlton and now I’m winning the FA Cup. Football can go so quick and I’m really pleased to get this trophy. It’s a big day in my career.”

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.