Arsenal qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League despite being held to a goalless draw against Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, and Gunners fans weren’t impressed with Francis Coquelin’s performance.
The Frenchman started alongside Callum Willock in central midfield for Arsene Wenger’s side, who failed to find a breakthrough against the Serbian outfit with their best chance coming when Jack Wilshere’s effort was acrobatically cleared off of the line.
Coquelin tried to help his team from an attacking point of view but was sloppy in possession, while he was also caught out on a couple of occasions defensively as the hosts dropped points for the first time in the competition this term.
Arsenal supporters were quick to have their say on the 26-year-old’s showing via social media, and while one said he is “stealing a living”, another believed the midfielder “prevented us from winning”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Let's get this right:
Nelson is not a RWB.
Niles is not a LWB.
Elneny is not a CB.
Coquelin is not a footballer.
— Mohamed ElNneny (@ElNnenyM) November 2, 2017
Coquelin is so embarrassing.
— Connor Humm (@TikiTakaConnor) November 2, 2017
Coquelin dropping a -5/10 and has the audacity to do skills. The man has no shame.
— chief (@aliladiere) November 2, 2017
Coquelin looks like a fan that's won a competition to play for Arsenal.
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) November 2, 2017
Dear Arsene Wenger, today I watched Francis Coquelin get tackled by the pitch. Please stop playing him.
— Renato (@th14Renato) November 2, 2017
Not picking out any youngsters for criticism, they're playing against grown men & developing
Coquelin, Giroud, Walcott, Elneny pathetic
— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) November 2, 2017
Walcott and Coquelin should be released.
— Oli (@OliPriceBates) November 2, 2017
How is Francis Coquelin even an Arsenal player?
Will get a lot of abuse for this but he ain't even championship quality last 2 years.
— Lets Talk Arsenal (@ltarsenal) November 3, 2017
Coquelin is stealing a living at Arsenal with 70k per week . 😨😢
— Ale’biosu (@I_ortegga) November 3, 2017
My only view of the game yesterday. Coquelin prevented us from winning.
— Nero (@XChefnero) November 3, 2017