By Nick Ames
Bacary Sagna has praised the team-mates who occupied the right-back position in his absence.
The France international broke his leg at Tottenham in October and his natural replacement, Carl Jenkinson, soon joined him on the sidelines with a back problem.
Speaking to the Official Matchday Programme, Sagna said: “They’ve done well, it’s not easy when you have to change position. I don’t see myself playing for two or three months at centre-back for example!
"You have to adapt, and at this level you don’t get a lot of time to do that. The pace is different on the flanks and you have to cover a bit more distance, but the guys have coped well.”
Coquelin has operated in both full-back positions over the past couple of months, while Yennaris caught the eye two weeks ago with a dynamic second-half showing against Manchester United.
“They’re amazing,” said Sagna. “They just play and don’t worry about anything.
"I was happily surprised with Nico’s performance against Bolton back in October - he closed down really well and imposed himself well. He did an equally good job when he came on against Manchester United, and I’m very pleased for him – he’s a hard worker and deserves a lot of credit.
"It’s the same with Francis, he’s a midfield player first of all but he’s given his best at right-back and we know that he’s very good technically too.”
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