Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has lavished praised on teammate Francis Coquelin and suggested that he’d place the Frenchman as the first name on our teamsheet such is his importance to the side, he told Arsenal Player.
Chamberlain, speaking ahead of our clash against Sunderland in the Premier League, reserved special praise for the players who have gone unnoticed in their efforts over the past few months.
For the 21-year-old, he emphasised on how crucial Coquelin is for us and stated that alongside Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the French destroyer is a player he enjoys watching and playing alongside.
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“At the moment he’s the first person I’d put on my teamsheet,” Chamberlain told the club’s official video channel.
“I love watching him play and it’s not often that you tend to say that. I watch all the games and when I’m playing alongside Francis, there’s nobody better to play with.
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“He brings that security and confidence that you have someone like that who can pick the ball up, intercept balls that should never be intercepted, win tackles that you don’t think he can win, and he’s also a quality player on the ball as well.”
Chamberlain is currently suffering from a groin injury which has kept him out since our FA Cup win against Manchester United in March.
On that day, the former Southampton man and Coquelin produced man of the match performances and getting the duo back on the pitch simultaneously could be crucial if we’re to enjoy a successful end to the season.
Sunderland are expected to play for a draw and defend deep, which could mean that Wenger may opt to start without Coquelin in favour of a more creative midfielder.
Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey blended well at the base of the midfielder during the final part of the game against Old Trafford and those two should start against Sunderland.