Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on Francis Coquelin by suggesting that the midfielder has plenty of potential.
The 23 year old made his maiden league start for the Gunners against West Ham United on Sunday and the young Frenchman impressed all with an excellent display.
The French manager feels Coquelin showed great potential in his display over the weekend, but says it’s too early to judge him.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I believe he has the potential but he has played one game, so it is a bit early to judge that. He will make a career and hopefully he will make it here.
I want to give him credit because he kept his work rate and focus in training at a very high level when he didn’t play. Then he went to Charlton and had a very good spell there as well.
Coquelin seemed like he was destined for greatness when he first burst on to the scene in 2009 with the youngster hoped to be a long term replacement for Gilberto Silva. However he failed to match those expectations and was loaned out to Charlton Athletic at the start of this season after spending last campaign with SC Freiburg.
He was recently recalled from his loan spell and the Frenchman proved his worth immediately after receiving rave reviews for his performance against the Hammers. His performance showed that he enjoys the physical side of the game and putting his foot in which is a quality much needed in this Arsenal team.
Le Coq helped to win the ball back in front of the back four and protected the likes of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. He was able to focus for 90 minutes in a highly intense game, which is an indication of his growing maturity.
We cannot judge him purely from this performance as he may not be a long term solution for Arsenal, but he displayed qualities we have lacked. His performance showed that he can do a job but it remains to be seen whether he can continue these performances in the games to come.
Were you impressed with his outing against West Ham?