Arsene Wenger has praised Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin’s partnership on the pitch after another solid display against Watford.
Alongside Aaron Ramsey, Coquelin hasn’t been the most solid defensive midfielder in recent months. This is nothing to do with Rambo’s quality – he’s the one of the most complete midfielders in the world – but just their chemistry on the pitch. When we bought Elneny in the winter transfer window, I don’t think any of us really could have predicted the vast improvement the Egyptian would encourage.
Wenger hailed their cohesion after our 4-0 win against the Hornets.
“Both of them are improving offensively,” he praised.
“When Coquelin plays with Cazorla, Coquelin is the defensive player which made them a perfect pair. Then Coquelin focused more on defending and Cazorla more on attacking.
“Now both [Elneny and Coquelin] share the job, so the balance is a bit [better]. They’re more similar. We have four attackers in front of them so we need people who can defend well in central midfield.”
The partnership does seem to be a strong one and I don’t see a newly fit Mathieu Flamini even getting a sniff of first team football now. It’s refreshing to finally have a stable spine to the team. In numerous matches this season, even when we were ‘playing well’, our midfield went missing. Hopefully, this won’t be the case any longer.