The interview on Arsenal player with Francis Coquelin is painful to watch. The player is clearly devastated about his red card and it’s clear that Arsene Wenger probably bollocked him for diving in like he did for the second yellow card. There’s also hints (although Arsene hasn’t directly said it) that Wenger places some blame on the young Frenchman for Arsenal not winning the match.
For me though, Coquelin is not a villain or to blame for the result. He is one of the very few players that have given 110% when he’s been on the pitch. He is one of a handful of players who can come out with his head held high from recent weeks.
There have been too many players under-performing and Coquelin isn’t one of them. And he came out in his interview and said he genuinely thought he could win the ball. Clearly he was miles away from it but he’s never shown to be a reckless player and in fairness the way Arsenal play means he’s probably more exposed than other defensive midfielders.
Francis Coquelin is a real leader and in this current Arsenal squad, should be considered as a future captain because there are few other leaders in the dressing room.