Francis Coquelin


#945

Best of luck to him. I think he can be a fantastic player for Valencia. Use him right, don’t let him create to much, just let him tackle.


#946

Good luck to him. He found his niche as a destroyer beside Santi and looked an immense player then, a shame it hasn’t panned out well. I remember thinking we had a brilliant player on our hands when we played against Fulham however many years ago it was and he played RB, I think?

Edit: 80M Buy Out Clause :coq::coq::coq:


#947

One thing you can’t accuse Coquelin of is having poor mentality. Always gave 100%. He cared about the club and celebrated like a fan even when he wasn’t playing.

Hopefully he’ll do well in Spain :slightly_smiling_face:


#948

Good luck to him. I’m just happy we’ve moved on a player that wasn’t going to play anyway. May he have a good/better time in Spain.


#949

Best of luck to him, I don’t begrudge him and clearly he didn’t make it difficult to move him on. Despite his limitations he almost always gave his best and truly cared when we were bested unlike some of the other mugs.

The thing is a pure destroyer can’t be a pivotal focal point of a team unless the midfield is essentially built around them to compliment them and a top club requires more of a hybrid DM with ball playing ability.


#950

Lol! They did really want him :smile:


#951

That 2015 season he had like 80+ interceptions, more than anyone in the major football leagues that year. He isn’t as bad on the ball as a lot of ppl make him out to be either. He had a couple long term injury layoffs as well. If they can get him back to that level and playing consistently there, and if they can keep him fit, he might justify that release clause. Honestly he was playing at Kante level that year. Two big if’s I know, but under a more organized manager and team he might be really good.


#952

No it doesn’t. Lots of fans know lots of stuff and also lots of fans get lots of stuff wrong.


#953

Omg i :heart: this. When they destroyed united and ended that shit drought against those cunts. Made me soooo fucking happy.


#954

Santi-Coq will for me go down as one of best midfield pairing we had.
Together they made lot of top teams their bitches.


#955

Do you remember how Thierry called Le Coq? :smiley:


#956

How he called him?


#957


#958

This is a great move for him. I hope he can make the most of it.


#959

Surely Marcelino is a better manager than Wenger and can make Coquelin works.


#960

Whilst other team sell their fringe or average players for £30m. We sell Coquelin for £12m who is just as good if not better than them. He’s not the best but just ridiculous.


#961

They are prepping for selfie but posing for the camera?


#962

Out of curiosity, what players are you referring to? Because I don’t see how Coq retains much value even in this market.


#963

To me his story is one of taking your chances. He could of been lost in football obscurity had he stayed at charlton. He took opportunity and it paid off he will still play at a high level for team competing for champions league, he won trophies here which he can look back and say he achieved something with arsenal. I wish him all the best I have a feeling it will go well for him


#964

We got 20m for a guy who can only tackle. I’d say we robbed them :grinning: