ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN claims Francis Coquelin has developed into Arsenal’s most important player.
Francis Coquelin. [Getty Images]
And the Arsenal winger insists his unsung hero is currently out-performing everyone else at the club.
Frenchman Coquelin has been in the form of his life in the Arsenal engine room this season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “At the moment he’s the first person I’d put on my teamsheet.
“When I’m playing alongside Francis, there’s nobody better to play with.
“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.
“You can never take away his technical ability and that goes unnoticed at times because he just does his job, but he’s probably one of the best technicians in our side as well.
“I love watching him play and it’s not often that you tend to say that.
“You love watching the Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozils of the world play, and someone who does the work which goes unnoticed you don’t really appreciate.”