The 25-year-old started in the centre of the pitch alongside Granit Xhaka for this evening’s daunting last-16 Champions League first leg in Bavaria, and it wasn’t too long before he was exposed by some of Bayern’s stars.
It took Arjen Robben 11 minutes to attempt his first shot by cutting in from the right and shooting with his left foot, but rather than trying to show him down the line, Coquelin decided to show him inside, and, well, Robben found the top corner.
That, and a string of misplaced passes and ill-timed tackles haven’t gone unnoticed by Gooners on social media, many of whom have seen plenty from him:
Wenger is the last man in Coquelin's corner
— Dan Ahern (@topical_storm) February 15, 2017
Francis Coquelin has to be the only person in world football who doesn't know Robben is left footed.
— The 12th Man (@_The12thMan) February 15, 2017
Literally these lot are there for a battering. They are slow, old and bang average. Brain dead coquelin has given them a goal
— Bradley Powell (@Powelly16_AFC) February 15, 2017
Coquelin is a horrible midfielder. And Xhaka too….that one can't even pass a ball
— Asmir Kanstimioni (@Sir_Ernestoo) February 15, 2017
We grew into the half and despite Coquelin's stupidity this is going quite well.
— WIN! GALAXY S7 NOW! (@giveawaydiyo) February 15, 2017
Get Coquelin off and Welbeck on that pitch and we have a shot at snatching a decent result here (barring horrendous defending)
— Sheldon Porteous (@Shelzzy92) February 15, 2017
Coquelin is a bootleg @jimmybullard
— Anth (@AnthonySelio) February 15, 2017
Iwobi and Coquelin can get t fuck
— greenbank (@OwenGreenbank_) February 15, 2017
Coquelin is quite a useless footballer for Arsenal standard. My goodness. Wrong positionally, poor tackler & no passing range whatsoever
— Melusi Moloi (@Juiz_07) February 15, 2017
Was Coquelin even on the pitch? I honestly felt like Ozil did his job for him..
— Edwin Alexander (@ItsAlexMarquez) February 15, 2017
Coquelin can't make simple passes. He's getting exposed
— Jimmy G. Buckets (@Fatah14_) February 15, 2017
Coquelin starting to look like the guy they sent on loan to charlton
— Steven Elliott (@StevenElliott07) February 15, 2017
What do you think of the reaction? Do you rate Coquelin as an elite player at this level?
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