Francis Coquelin has been the latest to sing the praises of Arsenal new boy, Granit Xhaka, as he reveals it will be the ‘details’ that make the difference next season.
Coquelin could rightly feel his place is under threat by the arrival of the Swiss international, but in true Arsenal spirit, he has welcomed his new teammate. “It’s Arsenal Football Club, we know we’re going to sign quality players,” Coquelin said.
“I saw him in the Euros and he’s a good passer of the ball, he’s strong and good in the air so I think he’s going to add quality and strength to the squad and that’s a good thing.”
Le Coq also spoke about what went wrong last season. Sort of.
It seems that this campaign they’ll be focusing on the ‘details’ which strikes me as something a professional football club should be doing every season, but what do I know?
“It was a really tight season last season and it was a strange one,” Coquelin added.
“I think it was unexpected that Leicester would win it but they did terrifically.
“We’ve gone through everything we did last season, we had a strong season, but it’s going to be about details [this time].
“The games all the people expect us to win, we have to win them and respond as well in the big games. I think that’s what we’ve done in the last couple of years so we have to carry on doing this.”
I’m not entirely sure I can agree with Francis on the point that Arsenal won all the games they expected to win, and they certainly haven’t been doing that for a few seasons
There have also been a number of big games that I can think of when a ‘response’ was not forthcoming either.