Arsenal put in one of their performances of the season as they ran riot over Sunderland, winning 4-1. Alexis Sanchez and super-sub Olivier Giroud both recorded braces as the Gunners ended the day as table toppers.
However, French midfielder Francis Coquelin was heavily under scrutiny for his overall showing in the game. Due to the absence of Santi Cazorla and Granit Xhaka, the Arsenal midfield had a makeshift look, featuring Mohamed Elneny alongside the Frenchman.
But with both being holding midfielders, the duo struggled in alternating the holding and box-to-box roles between the two. Coquelin managed to find himself with the sight of goal on a number of occasions but did nothing to trouble the opposition defence. He also made a number of cynical challenges and was duly a topic for discussion on social media.
Take a look:
Coquelin’s life flashed before him as he ran through on goal.
— Squid Boy (@TheSquidBoyLike) October 29, 2016
I got so excited about how bad “Coquelin one on one with the keeper” was going to turn out, and boy, I was not disappointed
— Thi-scarrrrrry Ennui (@Heisenbergkamp) October 29, 2016
Coquelin officially slower than Per.
— TikiTakaConnor (@TikiTakaConnor) October 29, 2016
How did Coquelin end up the furthest Arsenal player then?
— Ibypatel (@Ibypatel) October 29, 2016
Coquelin through one on one, there was never any other outcome.
— CD14 (@c_d_14) October 29, 2016
IT’S COQUELIN…PUT THROUGH BY ALEXIS… OHHH WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?! Throw in.
— B Larsen | Arsenal (@BLarsenAFC1886) October 29, 2016
I can already see a frustrating 1st half. El Neny – Coquelin should never be on the pitch together unless we’re 4-0 up. Or protecting a lead
— ArseStat (@Arsestat_) October 29, 2016
What minute will coquelin get his stupid yellow card today?
— Sam (@IwobiFlick) October 29, 2016
I imagine that Coquelin walks around his house tackling tables, chairs, sofas and the mrs. Edward Scissor Legs
— Craig (@ArsenalNI) October 29, 2016
Sometimes I think Coquelin is a genius, other times I think he’s braindead.
— Andreas (@KamikazeSwede) October 29, 2016
— JimJam (@jamiesmith1991) October 29, 2016
LOOOOOOOL I thought that was going top bins. Coquelin was about to get it
— •••••••••••••••• (@AyoLedge) October 29, 2016
Do people actually rate #coquelin ?! 😂
— Archie (@archie7192) October 29, 2016
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