I mean they both played well. I think it’s just a matter of how much Arsenal fans love a good flair player combined with the way his career ended here. Coquelin was a good partner for him but you’re unlikely to see anyone posting comps of his performances because it’s just not that interesting.
What’s most important I think two of them made a very unbalanced midfield and were a huge reason why we were so inbalanced as a team in those years.
Coquelin was never a six first of all, more like a a defensive minded, destroyer type box to box. Never a holding midfieler. But he never had outstanding stamina to truly shine as a B2B.
This may sound strange to some, but it’s pretty obvious imo. He never played as a 6 for Valencia or Villarreal too, was even often used on the wing, what just confirms what I’m saying.
You can’t say much against Santi, but we really couldn’t control games with a midfield like that.
Obviously we had like few good freak games against big teams with them, but you could count many more games where we couldn’t control even mediocre teams, and they even dominated us often. Especially the away games in the league; we barely controled like a few away games in those years, always had to scrap out results. We just had to run more away from home, unlike at the Emirates where most teams would sit deep and that suited that lazy team we had. That midfield just couldn’t cover much ground and if was literally an agony to watch our away games.
And adding Giroud up front to that, who was obviously isolated and was making those one touch flicks to Casper the friendly ghost when we tried to counter just made things even better.
That was just one of many horrible tactical choices by Wenger in those years. You could write a whole massive book about those.
There’s a difference between someone’s favourite player and someone’s idea who’s Arsenal’s best player is. Who we think our favourite player is a personal choice and not for someone to tell them they need educating.